Time Restored: The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything by Jonathan BettsTime Restored: The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything by Jonathan Betts

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

byJonathan Betts

Paperback | June 19, 2011

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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. Notsurprisingly, 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 inDava 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'ssurviving 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.
Jonathan Betts is with the Royal Observatory at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
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Title:Time Restored: The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everythingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.93 inPublished:June 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199606714

ISBN - 13:9780199606719

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Rupert T Gould1. Childhood 1890-19052. Navy Training 1906-19133. The War, a Breakdown and Marriage 1914-19204. John Harrison and The Marine Chronometer5. Research and the First Restorations 1920-19226. The Magnum Opus 1921-19237. Horology: the Obsession8. H2 is Restored 1923-19259. The Sette of Odd Volumes10. Separation 1925-192711. Oddities and Enigmas 1928-192912. The Case for the Sea Serpent 193013. The R.A.S. Regulator 1927-192914. H3 is completed 1929-193115. H1: the full restoration 1931-193316. The Loch Ness Monster 1933-193417. The Harrison Timekeepers and the NMM 1934-193518. Professor Stewart, The BBC and Tennis 193619. Many projects 1936-193720. Leaving Downside and leaving London 1937-193921. Upper Hurdcott and the Brain's Trust 1940-194522. Canterbury and a Gold Medal 1943 -1948Appendices

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"Betts tells his tale very well. In addition to being a 'good read', Time Restored is a work of considerate scholarship; there are over 400 footnotes and six appendices including a bibliography reading list, and glossary. Most usefully there is a comprehensive index...Packed with informationfor the serious student of horology, there is also so much in this book for the general reader, especially those interested in social history." --QP Magazine