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Time RestoredThe Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything$
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Jonathan Betts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568025.001.0001

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John Harrison and the Marine Chronometer

John Harrison and the Marine Chronometer

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Time Restored

Jonathan Betts

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the beginning of what would prove to be the most significant activity of Rupert's working life — a fully academic involvement in the world of antiquarian horology. If there was a single achievement of Rupert's that posterity might say justified his existence, it would be his contribution in that field, the esoteric world of clocks, watches, sundials, and all things relating to time keeping and time telling. Specifically, two achievements single him out: the writing of the book The Marine Chronometer, its History and Development (1923) and his restoration of the great 18th-century marine timekeepers by John Harrison. A truly Herculean labour, this latter work occupied his time, intermittently, for nearly half his life and was undoubtedly responsible for shaping its course.

Keywords:   Rupert Gould, horology, John Harrison, marine timekeepers, restoration

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