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Durham University Awards Honorary Doctorate to Dr John C Taylor OBE

Isle of Man-based inventor and engineer Dr John C Taylor OBE, whose name may not be familiar to all but whose inventions are used by tens of millions of people across the globe every day, has been recognised by the highly prestigious Durham University for his contributions to science and business. Dr Taylor made his name creating bi-metal components that are vital to many items in our cars and homes 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… read more

Inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE Donates £2.5Million for Cambridge Professorship of Innovation

One of the world’s most successful inventors – with over 400 patents to his name – best known for his bi-metal kettle controls used in two billion devices worldwide, is yet again turning his attention to philanthropy at his alma mater, the University of Cambridge. Dr John C Taylor OBE is donating £2.5 million to Cambridge University to set up the Professorship of Innovation, a prestigious new chair at the world-leading Department of Engineering. He said, “I wish to celebrate British ingenuity and inventiveness.  It’s essential to develop inventions into production for the benefit of the creator while generating local… read more

Dr John C Taylor speaks at Fairfax House

Celebrated British inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE was delighted to be the guest speaker at a lecture taking place at Fairfax House, as part of the York Festival of Ideas 2016 this summer. The lecture, titled Keeping Time in the Georgian House, took place on Wednesday June 15th 2016, at Fairfax House, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. The theme for the Festival of Ideas 2016 was ‘Tick Tock’, and as one of the world’s most renowned inventors and foremost horologists, Dr Taylor explored the revolutionary advances in timekeeping that elapsed throughout the Georgian Age. Looking specifically within the historic Fairfax House, Dr John C Taylor discussed… read more

Dr John C Taylor OBE Receives Harrison Medal

Inventor and horologist Dr John C Taylor OBE has been awarded the prestigious Harrison Medal by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers at the annual Livery Dinner at Drapers’ Hall, London (November 10 2015). Founded in 1631, the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers is the oldest horological institution in the world, and its prestigious Harrison Medal has only been awarded to six other people. It commemorates outstanding achievements in propagating knowledge of the history of clockmaking and its appreciation, and is named after John Harrison, the renowned inventor of the marine chronometer. Previous recipients include the renowned astronomer and physicist Sir Arnold Wolfendale… read more

Daher TBM Eclipse Flight

Dr John C Taylor took to the sky to enjoy the March 20 2015 Solar Eclipse, flying his turboprop aeroplane M-USCA from Stornoway to close to the Faroe Islands. Technology Correspondent for Sky News, Tom Cheshire, shared the spectacular flight and produced some great footage in a superb report.  You can see the story below. The aeroplane brand, Daher, were very impressed with the flight and ran a story on their own website that you can read here. Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit said, “We salute the contribution of Dr. Taylor, an accomplished TBM pilot and inventor… read more

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.

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Chronophage Time Flies at Lion Yard

Thank you so much to everyone who visited Lion Yard for the official launch of the new Midsummer Chronophage !  It was wonderful to see so many friends and fans of the new timekeeper and time-eater.  A special thanks goes to the Centre Manager Roger Allen who organised a brilliant event.  We even had the superb singers from the Cambridge Chord Company there.  Enjoy this record of a fabulous day to be remembered… 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