John C Taylor

My World


Passions


Love of Adventure


While at university I was lucky enough to be able to go on the Cambridge Spitsbergen Expedition to the Arctic.  After I finished school I wanted to go back to do a PhD but I couldn’t get the sponsorship needed to make the trip.  Although it wasn’t planned, I ended up joining the family business.

Since retiring, I’ve found a lot more time to pursue a number of my other interests.  I’m a keen photographer and teach gliding and yachting.  I also give a number of talks about my work and my interests in the hope that I can inspire young people to go on and make a success of their lives.

I would much prefer to give a talk that inspires the young rather than simply giving one that impresses older people!

That’s the adventurer in me!

Interesting Facts

Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

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

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