He was a longstanding professor at Yale and was one of the founding members of its medical school.
|Full Name||Benjamin Silliman|
|Birth Date||August 8, 1779|
|Death Date||November 24, 1864|
|Born||Trumbull, Connecticut, USA|
|Died||New Haven, Connecticut, USA|
|Cause of Death||old age|
|Father||Gold Sellek Silliman|
|Mother||Mary Fish Noyes Silliman|
Harriet Trumbull Silliman
Sarah Isabella McClellan Webb Silliman
Susan Huldah Forbes Silliman
Henrietta Frances Silliman Dana
Julia Silliman Gilman
Benjamin Silliman Jr.
Silliman was the father of Benjamin Silliman Jr.
After Silliman had been a tutor at Yale for three years, Timothy Dwight IV, the current president of the university, proposed that he conduct further studies in the sciences and then return to accept a professorship. Silliman agreed and delivered the first scientific lectures ever given at Yale, as well as becoming one of the first professors of science.
Through his marriage to his first wife Harriet, Silliman was the son-in-law of John Trumbull Jr.
Silliman's second daughter, Henrietta, married James Dwight Dana, who had attended Yale specifically to study under him. Silliman was a driving influence to Dana, who would forever list him as his most important mentor.
Through his youngest daughter Julia's marriage, Silliman became acquainted with Daniel Coit Gilman, his daughter's brother-in-law.