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

Horology Hour with Dr John C Taylor OBE

Thank you everyone who attended the Horology Hour on 24th June 2020. Hear all about the Corpus Chronophage, which incorporates John Harrison’s grasshopper escapement from the early 1700’s inside a huge mythical ‘time-eater’ creature that sits on top of the clockface devouring each minute as it passes. You will also discover news about the three other Chronophage clocks. Please click on the video below… 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