John C Taylor

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Passion for Clocks


I have a great passion for horology, the study of clocks. I’ve always maintained that the clock is mankind’s most significant 
invention.  You can erase all the Rembrandts from history and the world will be basically the same, but if you take the clocks away 
then everything would be completely different.  

The work of men like Christiaan Huygens and John Harrison has completely changed the 
way we tell the time.  I’ve always been fascinated by these great inventors and their clocks.  They inspired me to design one of my 
most famous creations, the Chronophage.

I have one of the most comprehensive collections of early English clocks that travel the world to reach new audiences. The first 
clock I ever had was a Welsh Grandfather.  

As a child I would always stare through the window of the clock shop opposite Harrods if 
I was ever in London.  Years later this is where I bought my first clock, which was built by a man by the name of John Taylor!  I’m 
glad to say that I still love and treasure that clock.

Much like the case for my passion in inventing, it was my father (Eric Taylor) who first sparked my interest.  I would 
often see him at the kitchen table trying to fix a clock and my interest grew from there.  It’s impossible to imagine a world 
without clocks, and that has always fascinated me.

Hear more about my love of clocks on the video link below.

 

 

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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

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