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

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

Historic Clock Exhibition Hosted at Bonhams

Two private clock collectors have collaborated to stage an outstanding exhibition of early English clocks at the prestigious venue of Bonhams, New Bond Street, London in September. The exhibition will also feature third party loans, including contributions from the Science Museum, the Clockmakers’ Company and the Collection of the 5th Lord Harris from Belmont House, amongst others.    However, given that the majority of clocks are privately owned, the specimens on display are very rarely in the public eye.  Indeed, what makes the exhibition particularly exciting is that many of the clocks are being displayed together, almost certainly for the… 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