Trivia Tuesday – Name that Famous Philadelphian
To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I offer you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday.
This week’s question: We all know that Philadelphia is a city full of firsts. We made the first cheesesteak. The Phillies were the first professional sports team to hit 10,000 losses. Penn is home to the world’s first business school, the first computer, first endowed professorship named after a daytime talk show, and first century old building named after a gossip columnist.
We also had a number of famous folks live here who were the first American (or person, period) to do many an amazing thing. One famous Philadelphian served as first director of the United States Mint, but is perhaps better known for his contributions to astronomy (he was the first American to view Uranus, observed the transit of Venus, and completed two advanced orreries). Some historians believe that the stars on Flag of the United States of America are honor of this man. Who is he? Check out the answer after the jump.
Answer: David Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was also a member of the Royal Society of London, the American Philosophical Society and the American Astronomical Society. Rittenhouse also helped survey the Mason-Dixon Line. But you might be more familiar with his lovely square, or the awful building on Penn’s campus named after him.