Benjamin Franklin

Knowledge Isn’t Just Power, but Value

According to Benjamin Franklin, knowledge is the one investment that keeps paying dividends.

Known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin has had an immeasurable influence on American life. Part of the reason for Franklin’s influence is that he was a jack of all trades — politician, author, diplomat, postmaster, and scientist. Franklin invented bifocals and although he didn’t invent electricity, he helped us learn more about it. For Franklin, knowledge was not only power, but value.

Benjamin Franklin — An investment in knowledge pays the best interest

Fast Facts about Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790):

  • In addition to his other accolades, Franklin was the first postmaster general of the United States.
  • He was devoted to his job. Franklin’s (common law) wife Deborah Read had a fear of ocean voyages and never accompanied him on extended trips to Europe; when she died of a stroke in December 1774, Franklin returned to the United States three months later.
  • Franklin could provide his own soundtrack — he played the violin, harp, and guitar.


Lawrence Lloyd has more than a decade of experience in health communication strategies, marketing, and content development in academic, Fortune 500, and start-up environments. Lawrence earned his MA in journalism from USC and his BA in communication from California State University, Los Angeles. He loves exploring the different ways that Science 37 can expand patient access to innovative therapies.

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