John C Taylor

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Philanthropy


In my generation all education was free, whereas now you have to pay for everything.  You should always put something back, particularly in this day and age, so I started sponsoring undergraduates at Cambridge.  I gave money to the senior tutors and the librarians so they could provide students with the best possible facilities.

You see so many bright young people who have to pass up the opportunity to study at somewhere like Cambridge because they simply can’t afford to go there, so I wanted that money to be used in order to provide the students with the support needed to study there.

When I went back to visit the college after I retired I noticed that the facilities in the library were the same as when I left over 40 years before.  So I wanted to give money to the library to make everything a bit more modern.  I want to make sure the new generations have all the same opportunities as I had, and I hope I can inspire them to become the next batch of great inventors.

Hear more about Cambridge in this BBC Radio 4 interview with Libby Purves that ran recently.  Just click on the link below.

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