The prestigious Harrison Medal has been awarded to inventor and horologist Dr John C Taylor by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers at the annual Livery Dinner at Drapers’ Hall, London.
The company is the oldest horological institution in the world and the coveted medal has only been awarded to six other individuals previously.
The Harrison Medal recognises and commemorates outstanding achievements in propagating knowledge of the history of clockmaking and its appreciation, and is named after John Harrison, the renowned inventor of the marine chronometer.
Previous recipients include the renowned astronomer and physicist Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS, horologist Jonathan Betts MBE and horologist David Thompson.
Speaking after the medal presentation, Manxman Dr Taylor said, “It is an honour to have my work recognised by the Company, and to share the receipt of the Harrison Medal with such well-respected names from the field of horology.
“I must thank the Company’s Awards Panel for their consideration of my achievements.”
Philip Whyte, The Master of the Company, said: “Dr Taylor was awarded the Harrison Medal because of his involvement in horology as a whole, but especially for his support of the celebrations surrounding the Harrison Memorial in Westminster Abbey and exhibitions at the Royal Society and Goldsmiths’ Hall.
“It was a pleasure to recognise such a deserving recipient, whose efforts and contribution to the scholarship and understanding of clock and watchmaking in recent years cannot be understated.”