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Origins of the Idea
William Andrewes

William Andrewes, creator of the Longitude Dial, was born and educated in England. He trained as a clockmaker and designer, graduating from Kingston College of Art in 1972. During his career in the history of time measurement, he has worked at Eton College (1973-1977), the Old Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum (1974-1977), The Time Museum (1977-1987), and Harvard University, where he was the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (1987-1999). During this time, he organized the Longitude Symposium (1993), edited The Quest for Longitude (1996), and was co-author with Dava Sobel of The Illustrated Longitude (1988).

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