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by Jonathan Betts

Category: Historical
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Jonathan Betts
ISBN: 0948065818
ISBN13: 978-0948065811
Language: English
Publisher: National Maritime Museum; 2nd edition (October 19, 2007)
Pages: 96
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Jonathan Betts MBE is Senior Specialist in horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, a horological scholar and author, and an expert on the first marine timekeepers created by John Harrison in the middle of the 18th century

Jonathan Betts MBE is Senior Specialist in horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, a horological scholar and author, and an expert on the first marine timekeepers created by John Harrison in the middle of the 18th century. From a family of retail watchmakers and jewellers, he took the British Horological Institute finals in technical horology in 1975 he was awarded the Tremayne National Prize for Practical Watchmaking.

Jonathan Betts MBE is Senior Specialist in horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, a horological scholar and author, and an expert on the first marine timekeepers created by John Harrison in the middle of the 18th century.

Inspired by the official prize offered in 1714 to anyone who could solve the problem of finding a longitudinal position at sea, Harrison, already a clock-maker, produced his four famous timepieces.

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Jonathan Betts MBE is Curator Emeritus at the Royal Observatory (National Maritime Museum), Greenwich, a horological scholar and author, and an expert on the first marine timekeepers created by John Harrison in the middle of the 18th century. He was formerly Senior Specialist in horology at Greenwich. In December 2016 he was elected to the board of trustees of the Institute of Conservation.

Jonathan Harrison, Roberto Muehlenkamp, Jason Myers, Sergey Romanov, Nicholas Terry.

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Following one of the most inspiring and fascinating stories linked to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, this book centers on the life and achievements of John Harrison – designer and builder of the first accurate marine timekeepers.Inspired by the official prize offered in 1714 to anyone who could solve the problem of finding longitudinal position at sea, Harrison - already a clock-maker - produced his four famous ‘H’ timepieces. Harrison is a fascinating account of one man driven by the need to solve one of the greatest practical problems of his time. This new edition has more than forty illustrations, including the new memorial to Harrison in Westminster Abbey, as well as much updated information. Fresh insights on Harrison and his achievements are joined by a new section on Rupert Gould, the man who restored Harrison’s timepieces in the inter-war years.
Comments to eBook HARRISON
Berenn
Well-researched and -written book, with interesting illustrations. I love this subject, and the author has uncovered information I hadn't seen before about both Harrison and Gould.
Ynonno
"We know, from his writings, that Harrison had difficulty expressing himself clearly ... Many of the concepts and devices (incorporated in his marine timekeepers) he was trying to describe had no name and he was constantly having to invent a new technological language. This, taken in combination with his humble origins, his lack of formal education, and his probable lack of social graces must have stood Harrison in poor stead before such an elite as the Board of Longitude, especially as very large sums of money were at stake." - from HARRISON

About a month ago, I viewed the excellent TV production of Longitude that was based on the best-selling book (Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time) by Dava Sobel. I became so interested in the subject of the invention of marine timekeepers to determine longitude by England's John Harrison in the eighteenth century that, during a recent trip to London, I made a special side trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to see the first four of Harrison's clocks, which are there on display.

At ninety-six pages, HARRISON by Jonathan Betts is a most excellent souvenir of the Harrison exhibit which I purchased in the observatory gift shop. It's a first rate and concise, albeit brief, summary of Harrison's life (1693-1776), his clocks, his decades-long pursuit of the Longitude Prize first offered by Parliament in 1714, his prickly relationship with the government's Board of Longitude, and the 20th century restoration of his devices by Rupert Gould - all familiar to viewers of the television production. The operative words here are "concise", "brief" and "summary". Those desiring more should, I infer, read Sobel's book.

HARRISON is a slick production with a plethora of color photographs and diagrams, including snaps of the inventor's first four marine clocks (named by Gould H1, H2, H3, and H4). The clock photos are particularly useful as visitors to the Harrison exhibit are banned from taking pictures, something I found out to my disbelief and annoyance when confronted by an officious, blazered sentry after I'd innocently shot images of H1 and H2. Upon being asked the reasons why, his explanation was that a camera's flash will damage the clocks (though I wasn't using that feature), copyrights could be compromised, and, most vague of all, because of "security" concerns. Well, I guess you get what you pay for; admission to the observatory is free. (For the same reasons, I presume, I couldn't photograph Admiral Lord Nelson's Trafalgar uniform - with the fatal bullet hole - down the hill at the National Maritime Museum.) Bloody, insufferable Yank tourists - oversexed, over-moneyed, and over there.
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