A General History of Horology
Anthony Turner, James Nye, and Jonathan Betts
Anthony Turner, James Nye, Jonathan Betts
Anthony Turner works primarily on the history of scientific instruments, clocks, watches and related items in their technical and social contexts during the Early Modern period. As consultant he collaborates with leading museums and auction houses and has been responsible for the organisation of several international exhibitions.
James Nye studied Theology at Oxford, and later completed a PhD in Financial History at Kings College London. His thesis included case studies of early electric clock companies, reflecting a lifelong involvement in horology, especially in the electrical arena. From practical bench work on clocks as a teenager, his career progressed to researching and writing on the history of time measurement. A continuing theme in his ongoing work is the emergence of distributed accurate timekeeping from the late nineteenth century onwards. James is chair of the Antiquarian Horology Society, and founder and principal sponsor of London's Clockworks Museum.
Jonathan Betts, a professional horologist all his life, was Senior Conservator and then Senior Curator of Horology at Royal Museums Greenwich for 35 years, and remains a Curator Emeritus. He is also Horological Adviser to a number of heritage bodies including the National Trust. He is Vice Chair and Honorary Librarian of the Antiquarian Horological Society.
Marisa Addomine holds a doctorate in engineering, is an independent horological researcher, and President of the Italian turret clock register.
Mario Arnaldi is an artist and sundial designer who researches and publishes widely on the history and development of Medieval and Renaissance dials.
Jim Bennett is emeritus Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.
Jonathan Betts is Curator Emeritus of the Royal Museums, Greenwich and Horological Adviser to several heritage bodies including the National Trust. He is vice-Chairman and Honorary Librarian of the Antiquarian Horological Society.
David Boettcher is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Horological Institute who has researched the early history of wristwatches.
Johann Boilat: Haute Ecole de Suisse Occidentale HES-20, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Jérôme Bonin holds a doctorate in Roman archaeology. He is mainly interested in Ancient Timekeeping, sources, artefacts, representations and social needs.
Paolo Brenni: President of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and President of the Scientific Instrument Society
Catherine Cardinal: Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Clermont-Auvergne and former Scientific Director and Curator of the Musée International d'Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
David Chang: Vice president of the Macau Horology Association and Member of the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics.
Françoise Collange: consultant in conservation, to public museums and heritage sites. Trained as a conservator in horology and related objects at West Dean College, UK, she is also a keen historian of French clockmaking.
Michael Edidin: professor emeritus of biology, Johns Hopkins University, has published extensively on immunology and biophysics, and continues to study horology.
Estelle Fallet is chief curator of horology, enamels, jewels and miniatures in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, and university lecturer. She is the author of numerous publications concerning Swiss horology and related subjects.
Christina Faraday is a research fellow of Gonville and Caius College and affiliated lecturer in the history of art in the University of Cambridge.
Karsten Gaulk heads the Astronomisch-Physikalisches Kabinett in Kassel.
Samuel Gessner, a historian of mathematical cultures, is affiliated with the Observatoire de Paris and CIUHCT, the inter university centre for the history of science and technology in Lisbon.
Sibylle Gluch, PHD in German Studies, curated the exhibition 'Simple and perfect: Saxony's Path into the world of international watchmaking', Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Dresden, 2015, and subsequently engaged in a research project on the beginnings of German precision horology funded by the Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung. She is currently leading research, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), on the development of precision standards for astronomical timepieces in the 18th century."
Ron Good is the Curator of the primarily virtual Alberta Museum of Chinese Horology in Peace River, and a grateful student of his many teachers in China.”
Bernhard Huber has been responsible for the library of the German horological society, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Chronometrie, Nuremberg, since 2003. It is probably the largest horological library in Europe.
Sharon Kerman has worked in the fields of music, horology, and mechanical musical instruments for many years. A particular focus of her research is singing birds and related automata.
Michael Korey, a mathematician, is senior curator at the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden.
Dietrich Matthes: a quantum physicist by training researches Gothic and Renaissance horology in its technical and cultural context.
Joëlle Mauerhan: independent scholar, founding director of the Musée du Temps, Besançon.
James Nye: Antiquarian Horological Society chairman; writer and lecturer in horology; principal sponsor, the Clockworks Museum, London; Senior Warden, the Clockmakers Company (2021).
Denis Roegel is associate professor at the University of Lorraine, France, and conducts research in the history of computing and of astronomical and tower clocks of which he has examined nearly a thousand.
David Rooney, writer, curator, former Keeper of Technology and Engineering at the Science Museum, London, and Curator of Timekeeping at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is a Research associate at Royal Holloway, University of London.
S. R. Sarma: retired Professor of Sanskrit, Aligarh Muslim University, India.
Denis Savoie: historian of Science at Universcience and the Observatoire de Paris, specialised in the history and practice of gnomonics.
Katsuhiro Sasaki: honorary member of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo where he ended his career as Director of the Department of Science and Engineering 2001-6. He continues his research on Japanese clocks, time measurement, and astronomical clocks.
Roger Smith FSA, studies international aspects of the organisation of the horological trade in the eighteenth century, including exports and the movement of components and skilled workers.
David Thompson: formerly Curator of Horology, the British Museum, London.
Anthony Turner: independent scholar and consultant for the history of horology and scientific instruments.
Wim van Klaveren initially an engineer studied and taught Medieval English language and literature. In the early 1980s he trained in clock restoration, at the same time becoming a horological text editor.
Jon Ward is a collector of vintage Chinese mechanical watches in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Sebastian Whitestone is a dealer in, and student of, antiquarian horology in the Early Modern period.