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

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

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