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John Harrison: Longitude, the Precision Watch and Pendulum Clock

  • HSNY at the General Society Library 20 West 44th Street New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)

Rory McEvoy - Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, UK

This illustrated talk will take a look at the extraordinary story of John Harrison and his work in developing navigational clocks and watches for use at sea. It will explore his journey and unlikely beginnings, look at influences evident in his work found in the mechanical ‘DNA’ of his sea clocks and highlight some of the aspects of his work that are significant to the modern world.

Rory McEvoy

Rory McEvoy

About Rory McEvoy
Trained in conservation and restoration of antique clocks at West Dean College, Chichester in 1998-9 and subsequently worked at the bench, specialized in conservative restoration of ‘Golden Age’ English clocks. After a three-year stint as clock specialist for Bonhams Auctioneers, joined the National Maritime Museum as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory. Research interests include: the development and application of precision watches and clocks, the life and work of George Graham FRS and the more modern history of time standardization and distribution.