David Rittenhouse: Astronomer Patriot, 1732-1796

 
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Edward Ford is a Maker. He was the kid that took his parents' TV apart to see how it worked, along with the toaster, fridge, and any other thing that he could wedge a screwdriver in to. He is a staunch advocate for open hardware, open source software, and making the world a better place by empowering people to create their own high-quality products. Edward wants everyone to be their own manufacturer. In 2011 Edward designed and released Project Shapeoko, an open hardware desktop CNC machine. The project is now in its second release and has found a home in thousands of Makers' shops all across the world. Outside of work, you can find Edward spending time (aka playing!) with his two young daughters or checking items off the never ending honey-do list his wife has assigned him.

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Thomas D. Cope

David Rittenhouse lived sixty-four years, from 1732 to 1796. For thirty-five years he was an obscure countryman in Norriton township, a farmer, maker of clocks and mathematical instruments, and local surveyor. From childhood he had a curious mind. He read, figured, and tinkered. He mastered mathematics, astronomy, and Newton's Principia. He undertook to build an orrery. Soon the president of the College of New Jersey and the provost of the College of Philadelphia came to Norriton to see it. They vied with one another to secure the instrument. A transit of Venus was due to occur in June 1769. For the American Philosophical Society he built and equipped the Norriton observatory. When the observations were reported and the results were calculated, Rittenhouse was an astronomer of international reputation. Influential friends persuaded him to move into Philadelphia. Twenty miles down the Germantown road was a long move in 1770.

In the metropolis the countryman became prominent citizen, member of the Philosophical Society, engineer of public works, active Whig, member of the Assembly, trustee of the Loan Office, and treasurer of Pennsylvania during the Revolution. But he was still scholar and scientist. Meetings of the Philosophical Society, astronomical and physical problems, clocks and telescopes were the satisfactions of his life. The fires of war sank to embers and fell into ashes. Whig and Loyalist forgot their quarrels and became citizens of the Republic. Rittenhouse, still scholar and citizen, became president of the Philosophical Society, fellow of the Royal Society, trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, surveyor of state boundaries, and first director of the Mint.

David Rittenhouse has been dead one hundred and fifty years, but Rittenhouse clocks still strike the hours. The orrery is still a marvel of the mechanician's art. On the hillsides at Norriton, around State House Square, and in the halls of the Philosophical Society his spirit lingers. Streets, parks, a social club, a school, and a scientific body bear his name.

"The things that truly last, when men and times have passed" were all in Pennsylvania in Rittenhouse's day.

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