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Time Restored: The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything

Jonathan Betts

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198568025
eISBN:
9780191718144
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568025.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This is the story of Rupert T. Gould (1890-1948), the polymath and horologist. A remarkable man, Lt Cmdr Gould made important contributions in an extraordinary range of subject areas throughout his ... More


Clocks from Nowhere? John Harrison in Context

Paul Glennie and Nigel Thrift

in Shaping the Day: A History of Timekeeping in England and Wales 1300-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199278206
eISBN:
9780191699979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278206.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

This chapter focuses on how John Harrison — the lead character in Dava Sobel's Longitude — was brought up as a child and how this affected his clockmaking in order to better understand the major role ... More


Marine Chronometers at Greenwich: A Catalogue of Marine Chronometers at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Jonathan Betts

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780199641383
eISBN:
9780191845604
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199641383.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This is a comprehensive, illustrated catalogue of the 200+ marine chronometers in the collections of Royal Museums Greenwich. Every chronometer has been completely dismantled, studied and recorded, ... More


Establishing Astronomy

David Clarke

in Reflections on the Astronomy of Glasgow: A story of some 500 years

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748678891
eISBN:
9780748689286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678891.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

Following Sinclair's bequests and gifts of equipment to the University, the Professors Dick (father and son) advanced astronomy teaching in the early 18th century. Dick Jnr continued to purchase ... More


The Early Nineteenth Century

David Clarke

in Reflections on the Astronomy of Glasgow: A story of some 500 years

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748678891
eISBN:
9780748689286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678891.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter covers a fairly stagnant period for science within the University. Following Patrick Wilson's resignation, William Meikleham was appointed as 3rd Regius Professor of Astronomy, but four ... More


An Observator and His Instrument

Kelly Joan Whitmer

in The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community: Observation, Eclecticism, and Pietism in the Early Enlightenment

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226243771
eISBN:
9780226243801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243801.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter tells the story of a skilled Observator and agent abroad for the Halle Orphanage named Christoph Eberhard. While in close contact with Francke, he travelled to Denmark, England and ... More


Service to Government and the Royal Society: 1803–1820

Melvyn C. Usselman

in Pure Intelligence: The Life of William Hyde Wollaston

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226245737
eISBN:
9780226245874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226245874.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes several of Wollaston’s contributions to government committees and the Royal Society. In 1803 he was appointed to a committee that was to recommend to the Excise Office the best ... More


The History of the Chronometer

Jonathan Betts

in Marine Chronometers at Greenwich: A Catalogue of Marine Chronometers at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780199641383
eISBN:
9780191845604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199641383.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

A newly researched history of the marine chronometer, from its earliest origins in the 17th century through to electronic instruments manufactured in the late 20th century. The narrative is written ... More


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