John C Taylor

My World


Philanthropy


In my generation all education was free, whereas now you have to pay for everything.  You should always put something back, particularly in this day and age, so I started sponsoring undergraduates at Cambridge.  I gave money to the senior tutors and the librarians so they could provide students with the best possible facilities.

You see so many bright young people who have to pass up the opportunity to study at somewhere like Cambridge because they simply can’t afford to go there, so I wanted that money to be used in order to provide the students with the support needed to study there.

When I went back to visit the college after I retired I noticed that the facilities in the library were the same as when I left over 40 years before.  So I wanted to give money to the library to make everything a bit more modern.  I want to make sure the new generations have all the same opportunities I had, and I hope I can inspire them to become the next batch of great inventors.

In October 2017 the University of Cambridge announced its first Professor of Innovation.  In the important role, Professor Tim Minshall leads the engineers and inventors of tomorrow to see their ideas become reality and change the world.  I’m thrilled to have funded this new position led by such an inspirational figure who encourages students to embrace engineering.

Professor Tim Minshall, has a wealth of experience in Cambridge’s world-renowned engineering, manufacturing and technology sector. He is based in Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing, part of the Department of Engineering.

Enjoy this new film below that explains the importance of this very important role which will turn blue-sky thinking into commercial realities.

Also, in 2017 the Taylor Centre opened at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. It’s a very helpful hub where engineers can meet others of like minds and discuss their initiatives in a collaborative environment.

I’m thrilled that the Isle of Man Post Office has captured some of my contributions to philanthropy in one of the postage stamps in their magnificent set of stamps.

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

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