John C Taylor

My Vision

As an inventor you never stop thinking of new projects to take on. I always keep ideas stored at the back of my mind until they become useful. But as I always say, the ideas are the easy bit. It’s the practical embodiment that’s difficult. You have to limit the amount of things you try and tackle otherwise you’ll never achieve anything.

There are two fun ideas that I have on the back burner at the moment. One of them is a solar cooker that would be used in developing countries. At the moment people in these countries burn wood, which has a harmful effect on the environment, so I want to create something that will help them prepare food in an easier, more sustainable way.

The other is a sundial that reads every second of the day. You’ll be able to see the rotation of the Earth just by looking at the sundial. I hope that one day there will be a sundial outside somewhere where children can look at it and literally see the earth revolving.

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

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