(1839 - 1914)
Philosopher and logician Charles Peirce worked for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for more than thirty years, surveying and conducting investigations into gravity. “Men of red tape” in Washington took exception to Peirce’s extravagance and his reluctance to finish required reports. He resigned from the Coast Survey in 1891 at the request of the superintendent and never again held regular employment. He is considered by modern philosophers to be one of the founders of the pragmatist school of thought.