Born in Buxton, Derbyshire in 1936 and schooled at King William’s College, Isle of Man, Dr Taylor returned to the Island in 1977 to bring up his young family. He founded Strix in 1981, made numerous world-changing inventions including kettle controls now used a billion times a day; he retired and left the company in 1999.
Once a school boy, who failed his 11 plus and common entrance exams, Dr Taylor now has over 400 patents to his name and has since focussed on philanthropy and passing on his knowledge to future generations through talks, lectures and endowments. He has also built a stunning home in the Isle of Man – Arragon Mooar House – which is elliptical in shape, because in the words of Dr John C Taylor OBE, “building a circular one would have been too easy”. In this fascinating online lecture, Dr Taylor talks about his life and fascination with horology.