John C Taylor

My World


Passions


Love of Adventure


While at university I was lucky enough to be able to go on the Cambridge Spitsbergen Expedition to the Arctic.  After I finished school I wanted to go back to do a PhD but I couldn’t get the sponsorship needed to make the trip. Although it wasn’t planned, I ended up joining the family business.

Since retiring, I’ve found a lot more time to pursue a number of my other interests.  I’m a keen photographer and teach gliding and yachting.  I also give a number of talks about my work and my interests in the hope that I can inspire young people to go on and make a success of their lives.

I would much prefer to give a talk that inspires the young rather than simply giving one that impresses older people!

That’s the adventurer in me!

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

The Luxury of Time: Exhibition Extended at the Manx Museum

Manx National Heritage confirms that it has extended ‘The Luxury of Time’, an exhibition at the Manx Museum featuring some of history’s most significant British timepieces. The Luxury of Time features 30 different outstandingly beautiful timepieces from Dr Taylor’s private collection. The exhibition, which showcases the golden age of clock and watch making, is the largest exhibition of clocks and timepieces ever staged on the Isle of Man and the first dedicated to horology at the Manx Museum. The exhibition is on display at the Manx Museum until Sunday 27 September 2020.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  … 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