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Encyclopedia > Thomas Godfrey (inventor)

Thomas Godfrey (1704-1749) was an optician and inventor in the American colonies, who, around 1730 invented the sextant. At appproximately the same time an Englishman, John Hadley, also invented the sextant independently.


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Godfrey brought me afterward some more favorable accounts of their disposition, and would have drawn me on again; but I declared absolutely my resolution to have nothing more to do with that family.
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