Time Restored

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

Author: Jonathan Betts

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 019162084X

Category: Science

Page: 484

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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 relatively short and dramatically troubled life. From antique clocks to scientific mysteries, from typewriters to the first systematic study of the Loch Ness Monster, Gould studied and published on them all. With the title The Stargazer, Gould was an early broadcaster on the BBC's Children's Hour when, with his encyclopaedic knowledge, he became known as The Man Who Knew Everything. Not surprisingly, he was also part of that elite group on BBC radio who formed The Brains Trust, giving on-the-spot answers to all manner of wide ranging and difficult questions. With his wide learning and photographic memory, Gould awed a national audience, becoming one of the era's radio celebrities. During the 1920s Gould restored the complex and highly significant marine timekeepers constructed by John Harrison (1693-1776), and wrote the unsurpassed classic, The Marine Chronometer, its History and Development. Today he is virtually unknown, his horological contributions scarcely mentioned in Dava Sobel's bestseller Longitude. The TV version of Longitude, in which Jeremy Irons played Rupert Gould, did at least introduce Gould's name to a wider public. Gould suffered terrible bouts of depression, resulting in a number of nervous breakdowns. These, coupled with his obsessive and pedantic nature, led to a scandalously-reported separation from his wife and cost him his family, his home, his job, and his closest friends. In this first-ever biography of Rupert Gould, Jonathan Betts, the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Senior Horologist, has given us a compelling account of a talented but flawed individual. Using hitherto unknown personal journals, the family's extensive collection of photographs, and the polymath's surviving records and notes, Betts tells the story of how Gould's early life, his naval career, and his celebrity status came together as this talented Englishman restored part of Britain's - and the world's - most important technical heritage: John Harrison's marine timekeepers.

Captain Cook

Author: Vanessa Collingridge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144811716X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 5291


A uniquely woven story encompassing three separate centuries and three different lives. Captain Cook, best known for his heroic voyages through the Pacific Ocean, is brought to life in vivid detail. We follow his humble beginnings as the son of a farm labourer, through his convention-shattering treatment of the indigenous groups he met on his travels, and then onto his final tragic voyage which signalled the end of his revered reputation. One hundred years on from the death of Cook, another great man, George Collingridge begins his own adventure. He, like Cook was oblivious to the implications his journey would have. Along the way he unfolds ancient maps, secret tales and unearths hidden lands and buried treasure. He is also said to have realised that it was not Cook who discovered Australia - it was the Portugese. This firm belief was the eventual cause of his self-destruction. Another hundred years later Vanessa Collingridge, is searching for books on her lifelong hero Captain Cook in a university library. She discovers the name of a distant cousin, George Collingridge, in a dusty card index. And so a new journey of discovery begins - in the footsteps of her hero and his nemesis.

Great Lives

As heard on Radio 4

Author: Karen Farrington

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446417379

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 6419


Based on the popular Radio 4 series, Great Lives highlights some of the world's most fascinating and influential characters. Chosen by the show's guests, each biography reveals the life and times of artists, sportsmen, statesmen, authors, monarchs, actors, musicians and scientists, showing why they inspire, what they achieved and how they have influenced the world at large. Discover the intriguing lives of Clement Attlee and Henri Matisse, King Alfred and Samuel Johnson, Tommy Cooper and Robert Kennedy, Robin Day and Edith Wharton, along with many more. From the famous to the obscure, the historical to the contemporary, each biography provides an insight into the character's personality, why they were driven to achieve so much, and separates fact from fiction. With a foreword by the show's presenter, Matthew Parris, Great Lives is an ideal gift for history and biography enthusiasts, and for fans of the Radio 4 series.

Captain Cook's Australian Landfalls

Author: William Douglass Forsyth

Publisher: N.A


Category: Australia

Page: 26

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"The purpose of this booklet is to recall the arrival of the first Europeans on the east coast of Australia in HMS "Endeavour" in April, 1770, and their discoveries on and off the coast from Gippsland, Victoria, to Cape York, Queensland ... "

Great Lives (Vol-Ii)

Author: Ajay Kumar Kothari

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 812230530X


Page: 96

View: 2538


The World famous 101 Great Lives, Vol.2 is one of the more important volumes in this series of 24 books. This revised edition looks at the lives of 101 successful men & women in their respective fields. the book covers: *Social Reformers: Nana Saheb Karve & Kabir *Revolutionaries: Vir Savarkar & Rasbehari Bose *Statesmen: Disraeli & Bismarck *Scientists: Madam Curie & Dr. M.S. Swaminathan *Artists & Scholars: Birju Maharaj, Allauddin Khan, Venkatesh Aiyyer, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee & Amrita Pritam *Heads of States:Charles De Gaulle & Anwar Sadat *Sport Stars: Martina Navaratilova & P.K. Banerjee. Infact, these mini-biographies present the life and times of 101 famous personalities in a nutshell.

The Life of Captain James Cook

Author: Andrew Kippis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108044018

Category: History

Page: 548

View: 3166


The dissenting minister Andrew Kippis (1725-95) was a Member of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Society. With this work of 1788, he was the first biographer of Captain James Cook (1728-79), although several of Cook's colleagues, including Johann Reinhold Forster in 1778 and David Samwell in 1786, had previously published memoirs of their service with him. Believing that 'his public transactions ... are the grand objects to which the attention of his biographer must be directed', Kippis draws on the official Admiralty accounts of Cook's voyages and focuses on his professional life. The book was criticised at the time for failing to convey Cook's personality and motivation, stressing his achievements without putting them in context. However, it remained the only biography for forty years, and shaped public perception of Cook as a brilliant navigator and commander, a fearless explorer and an exemplary British hero.

Over 300 Great Lives

Author: Mahal Pustak

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 8122302734


Page: 215

View: 8962


This revised fascinating edition looks at the lives of over 300 successful men & women in their respective fields - providing inspiration for others to follow their examples.