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By Jonathan Betts

This is often the tale of Rupert T. Gould (1890-1948), the polymath and horologist. A extraordinary guy, Lt Cmdr Gould made very important contributions in a rare variety of topic components all through his particularly brief and dramatically lifestyles. From vintage clocks to medical mysteries, from typewriters to the 1st systematic learn of the Loch Ness Monster, Gould studied and released on all of them. With the name The Stargazer, Gould used to be an early broadcaster on
the BBC's kid's Hour while, along with his encyclopaedic wisdom, he grew to become often called the guy Who Knew every thing. now not strangely, he was once additionally a part of that elite team on BBC radio who shaped The Brains belief, giving on-the-spot solutions to all demeanour of huge ranging and hard questions. With his
wide studying and photographic reminiscence, Gould awed a countrywide viewers, turning into one of many era's radio celebrities.

During the Twenties Gould restored the complicated and hugely major marine timekeepers developed through John Harrison (1693-1776), and wrote the unsurpassed vintage, The Marine Chronometer, its heritage and improvement. at the present time he's nearly unknown, his horological contributions scarcely pointed out in Dava Sobel's bestseller Longitude. the television model of Longitude, within which Jeremy Irons performed Rupert Gould, did a minimum of introduce Gould's identify to a much broader public.

Gould suffered poor bouts of melancholy, leading to a couple of frightened breakdowns. those, coupled together with his obsessive and pedantic nature, ended in a scandalously-reported separation from his spouse and price him his relations, his domestic, his activity, 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 skilled yet improper person. utilizing hitherto unknown own journals, the family's wide choice of photos, and the polymath's surviving documents and notes, Betts tells the tale of ways Gould's formative years, his naval occupation, and his big name prestige got here jointly as this gifted Englishman restored a part of Britain's - and the
world's - most crucial technical historical past: John Harrison's marine timekeepers.

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