Rupert Gould (November 16, 1890 - October 5, 1948), was a Lieutenant Commander in the British Royal Navy, and is perhaps most widely known for restoring the chronometers of John Harrison. He was also a science educator, giving a series of talks for the BBCChildren's Hour starting in January 1934. In addition, he wrote and published an eclectic collection of books on topics ranging from horology (the science and study of timekeeping devices) to the Loch Ness Monster. He was always known as Rupert T. Gould. The "T" stood for "Thomas". In the Royal Navy, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, a lieutenant commander (lieutenant-commander or Lt Cdr in the RN) is a commissioned officer superior to a lieutenant and inferior to a commander. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... A chronometer is a clock accurate enough to be used as a portable time standard on a vehicle, usually in order to determine longitude by means of celestial navigation. ... For other people with this name, see John Harrison (disambiguation). ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Childrens Hour -- at first: The Childrens Hour, from a verse by Longfellow (1) -- was the name of the BBCs principal recreational service for children (as distinct from Broadcasts to Schools) during the period when radio dominated broadcasting. ... Horology is the science and study of timekeeping devices. ... The famous Surgeons photo The Loch Ness Monster, sometimes called Nessie or Ness (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag) is a mysterious and unidentified animal or group of creatures said to inhabit Loch Ness, a large deep freshwater loch near the city of Inverness in northern Scotland. ...
For other people with this name, see John Harrison (disambiguation). ... A chronometer is a clock accurate enough to be used as a portable time standard on a vehicle, usually in order to determine longitude by means of celestial navigation. ...
Lieutenant Commander Rupert T. Gould RN
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Gould, Rupert T. (1946). The Stargazer Talks, G. Bles. ASIN B0007J75VG. Amazon: The Stargazer Talks
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RupertGould, a shell-shocked WWI veteran, who becomes obsessed with restoring the intricate mechanical Harrison clocks, regardless of the personal cost.
Not only does Harrison drive both plotlines, as the creator of the clocks that Gould obsesses over, but his story tells a simpler tale of a self-educated genius struggling against a hostile bureaucracy for a prize that is rightfully his.
Gould is a very troubled man, though aside from pointing to his wartime service, we never learn what fuels his inner turmoil, nor why he finds the mechanical regularity of clocks so soothing.
Gould begins his restoration work, and is continually astounded by the complexity and ingenuity of Harrison's craftsmanship and intuitive scientific ability.
Now, while RupertGould struggles to regain control of his life -- and to regain access to the clocks that mean so much to him -- Harrison brings his cause before the King of England himself.
As both Gould and Harrison enter the final, fateful stages of their mutual life-long quests, the extraordinary story of Longitude builds to the powerful conclusion of one of the most extraordinary odysseys in the history of science.
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