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By Jonathan Betts | Comments: ( 913 ) | Date: ( Nov 12, 2019 )

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 studThis 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.


  • Title: Time Restored: The Harrison Timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the Man Who Knew (Almost) Everything
  • Author: Jonathan Betts
  • ISBN: 9780198568025
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Jonathan Betts

Jonathan Betts MBE is Senior Specialist in horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, a horological scholar and author, and an expert on the first marine timekeepers created by John Harrison in the middle of the 18th century From a family of retail watchmakers and jewellers, he took the British Horological Institute finals in technical horology in 1975 he was awarded the Tremayne National Prize for Practical Watchmaking For the following five years, he practised as a self employed horology conservator In 1980 he was appointed Senior Horology Conservator at the National Maritime Museum and in 1989 was presented the museum s Callender Award for his contribution to horological conservation He was appointed Curator of Horology in 1990 and became Senior Specialist in 2001 He is the biographer of Rupert Gould, the restorer of the Harrison timekeepers The biography was published in 2006 by Oxford University Press under the title Time Restored The Harrison Timekeepers and RT Gould, the Man Who Knew Everything In 2002 he was awarded the Clockmakers Company s Harrison Gold Medal and the British Horological Institute s Barett Medal in 2008, and is a Huntington Fellow at the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the British Horological Institute, and of the International Institute of Conservation.



Comments Time Restored: The Harrison Timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the Man Who Knew (Almost) Everything

  • Joshua Buhs

    A fine, if excessively dry, biography.Betts narrates the life story of Rupert Gould, who is probably best remembered for a pair of books he wrote in the late 1920s and early 1930s on scientific mysteries, as well as early championing for the existence of the Loch ness Monster, but also did yeoman work in a number of other historical fields and restored several chronometers that were instrumental--pun unintended but apposite--in defining longitude.The book suffers from some of the usual biographi [...]


  • Kalwinder Dhindsa

    Brilliant and moving. A flawed but tenancious genius indeed.


  • Fred Gannett

    This excellent biography of the restorer of the first experimental Marine chronometers follows it's subject through the interesting parts of his life. Staring with a brief naval career, an ugly divorce ( his wife left for another woman but he got stiffed with the legal and alimony bills), through the intense restoration work and on to radio celebrity status. An intriguing life from the last century of a fragile genius who first restored the important Harrison "longitude" clocks.


  • Rebecca

    Aha, there is a biography! As if I'll ever get around to reading it, but one can dream. Maybe I'll just watch the miniseries starring Jeremy Irons.


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