David Rittenhouse

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Birthday
8, 1732
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Jun 26, 1796 (64)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
8, 1732
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Jun 26, 1796 (64)

About

Astronomer who focused on the planet Venus and taught astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the first American to sight Uranus, which he did in 1784.

Before Fame

He formed a scientific instrument shop when he was 19 years old.

Trivia

He was a member of the American Philosophical Society and he was the first director of the United States Mint, which produces circulating coinage for the United States to conduct its trade and commerce.

Family Life

He married Elanor Coulston on February 20, 1766.

Associated With

He was mentioned in the book "Notes on the State of Virginia" written by Thomas Jefferson.