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Robert M. Patterson
The Manuscript Observations and Calculations Relating to Time, Longitude and Latitude of Early University of Pennsylvania Astronomer Robert M. Patterson Patterson studied astronomy under his father, the mentor to Meriwether Lewis, and these pages contain many of the same applications
22/07/1812. He made these unpublished calculations on board a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, and was, along with his father, a friend of Thomas Jefferson; he was a prominent member of the Philosophical Society and would later be its PresidentThe American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia was the hub of knowledge and its pursuit in the early United States. Among its early members were America’s most prominent scientists of the time, including Thomas Jefferson, and Robert Patterson, early mathematician and perhaps the preeminent astronomer of his generation. Both served in leadership of the Society for a period, and both were among a select few to prepare Meriwether Lewis for his expedition.In 1779, after the College and Academy of Philadelphia were reorganized into the University of Pennsylvania, Patterson successfully applied to John Ewing, the Provost, for employment as Professor of Mathematics. Patterson was Professor of Mathematics from 1779 to 1810, Professor of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics from 1810 to 1813 and Vice-Provost from 1810 to 1813. Because he performed his official duties with integrity, industry and ability, also rendering essential services to the University, he was granted an honorary Master of Arts in 1788 and an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1819. After presenting his resignation in 1814, Patterson was succeeded as Professor of Mathematics as well as Vice-Provost by his son, Robert M. Patterson.Like Meriwether Lewis, the younger Patterson (Robert Maskell Patterson) was a pupil of his father in the fields of mathematics and astronomy. Dr. Patter … [Click Below for Full Description]
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