John C Taylor

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Time Flies This Summer in Cambridge

I’m thrilled and delighted that we have the official launch today of the new Midsummer Chronophage at Lion Yard in Cambridge.  Please see the information below that my team has produced.  If you are in the area at 2:30 PM today, do come in and say hello ! Summer Solstice News This summer season sees the City of Cambridge as the home for two magnificent Chronophage clocks.  Today, Friday June 21, the day of the summer solstice, sees the official launch of the new Midsummer Chronophage in the Lion Yard Shopping Centre, Tibbs Row, Cambridge.  The clock features an iridescent… read more

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

One of World’s Greatest Living Inventors Celebrated with Six Postage Stamps

One of the world’s greatest living inventors is to be celebrated with a set of six postage stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office (https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/invention-and-innovation-dr-john-c-taylor-obe/), focusing on different areas of his life’s work. Dr John C Taylor OBE (https://www.johnctaylor.com/), 80, who was born in Buxton, Derbyshire and has lived in the Isle of Man for the greater part of his life, spent his career creating safety-critical electrical components and switches that are vital to many pieces of technology we use today, most notably the kettle controls that switch our kettles off when they have boiled, and the 360°… read more

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

Interesting Facts

Between 1912 and 1948, art competitions were a part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, and sculpture.

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New Midsummer Chronophage Clock on display in the Isle of Man

There’s very exciting news for those in the Isle of Man.  You can see the wonderful Midsummer Chronophage clock on display in Douglas, there in time to see in the New Year! The spectacular clock, designed by the world-renowned inventor, philanthropist and Santon resident, Dr John C Taylor OBE, is now on display at the Isle of Man’s largest privately-owned bar and restaurant, 1886 in Regent Street, Douglas, Isle of Man. The huge mesmerising, gold-plated clock, measuring 1.5 metres (5 ft) in diameter, was conceived, designed and mostly manufactured on the Island. It is the second in a series of… 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