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

Between 1912 and 1948, art competitions were a part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, and sculpture.

Latest News

One of World’s Greatest Living Inventors Celebrated with Six Postage Stamps

One of the world’s greatest living inventors is to be celebrated with a set of six postage stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office (https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/invention-and-innovation-dr-john-c-taylor-obe/), focusing on different areas of his life’s work. Dr John C Taylor OBE (http://www.johnctaylor.com/), 80, who was born in Buxton, Derbyshire and has lived in the Isle of Man for the greater part of his life, spent his career creating safety-critical electrical components and switches that are vital to many pieces of technology we use today, most notably the kettle controls that switch our kettles off when they have boiled, and the 360°… read more

Interesting Quotes

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller