John C Taylor

My Vision

As an inventor you never stop thinking of new projects to take on. I always keep ideas stored at the back of my mind until they become useful. But as I always say, the ideas are the easy bit. It’s the practical embodiment that’s difficult. You have to limit the amount of things you try and tackle otherwise you’ll never achieve anything.

There are two fun ideas that I have on the back burner at the moment. One of them is a solar cooker that would be used in developing countries. At the moment people in these countries burn wood, which has a harmful effect on the environment, so I want to create something that will help them prepare food in an easier, more sustainable way.

The other is a sundial that reads every second of the day. You’ll be able to see the rotation of the Earth just by looking at the sundial. I hope that one day there will be a sundial outside somewhere where children can look at it and literally see the earth revolving.

Interesting Facts

Diamonds are actually unstable at surface temperature and pressure. Every diamond above ground is very, very slowly altering into graphite, another form of pure carbon.

Latest News

New Royal Academy of Engineering Centre Named after Dr John C Taylor OBE

The Royal Academy of Engineering has opened the new Taylor Centre, a space for the Academy’s Enterprise Hub, which supports entrepreneurs, and which is named after one of Britain’s most successful engineers, Dr John C Taylor OBE. Dr Taylor, who is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) made his name creating small electrical components that are vital to many pieces of technology we couldn’t live without. Early electric kettles would not turn off when the water was boiling, meaning that they needed constant supervision and were in danger of melting and starting fires if they were not… read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt