John Harrison’s 325th Birthday
Today the Search Engine Google is Celebrating John Harrison’s 325th Birthday with Google Doodle in United States, UK and Some other countries. He was the British clockmaker who invented the first marine chronometer, crucial to navigation and safer voyages at sea and Harrison built his first longcase clock in 1713, at the age of 20. The mechanism made entirely of wood, which was a natural choice of material for a joiner.
Who was John Harrison ?
John Harrison was a British carpenters and watch makers themselves who invented the marine chronometer that has long required to solve the problem of floating in the sea and calculating longitude. Therefore, his solution has revolutionized the navigation and greatly improved the safety of long distance maritime travel. Harrison took on the challenge He set to work on his chronometer in 1728 and completed it in 1735, following up this feat with three watches that were even small and more on the money than his first.
Furthermore, the problem he solved was that, following the Scilly naval disaster of 1707 , the British Parliament provided financial fee of 20,000 pounds (equivalent to the current 2.89 million pounds) under the longitude law of 1714. And, it considered important. So, Harrison is the BBC’s 2002 opinion poll of the 100 best British.
The museum was closed in 2000 and it was held at the Time Museum in the USA until the collection was dispatched to the auction in 2004. Hence, the number 2 is in the museum of Leeds. John Harrison, the core of permanent exhibits specializing in John Harrison’s achievements, John Harrison: While, a world-renowned watchmaker with an event describing the first story of Longitude Act on January 23, 2014. Number 3 is in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers’ collection.
Google says Our colorful John Harrison Doodle shows the inventor hard at work, surrounded by the tools of his trade. Hence, Today time is on his side.
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Happy 325th birthday, John Harrison from Google Doodles