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Dr Taylor and the Dragon Chronophage

It will be a pleasure to speak at the AD China Design Forum alongside such fascinating designers and creators.

Dr John C Taylor OBE FREng, one of the UK’s most prolific living inventors, will speak alongside other key opinion formers at Design Shanghai at the AD China Design Forum at 10:30AM on Sunday 29 March 2015.

Design Shanghai is China’s premier design event and attracts the global elite of the design and architecture sectors.

Dr Taylor attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University before embarking on a career in bimetal controls, in which he invented the cordless kettle. He amassed over 400 patents and worked on iconic design projects such as the Jaguar E-type.

Dr Taylor will be exhibiting the Dragon Chronophage, a three-metre tall clock adorned with a Chinese dragon. Plated in 24-carat gold and employing a unique and patented mechanism, it will be one of the event’s main highlights and will be displayed at stand CB-4.

The Dragon is a working component, pulling the escape wheel around the circumference of the clock face. This is made possible by an ingenious reworking of a traditional clock mechanism, which is protected by six patents and took years to perfect.

The Dragon Chronophage was designed in tandem with one of China’s leading authorities on art: Professor Long of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. He will also be speaking at the event.

Dr Taylor said, “It will be a pleasure to speak at the AD China Design Forum alongside such fascinating designers and creators.

“The opportunity to get involved in the Design Shanghai experience is one that I find very exciting, especially seeing as it gives me the chance to return the Dragon Chronophage to the country that inspired its creation.”

This remarkable feat of engineering is the third of only four Chronophage clocks to have been created. The first, the Corpus Chronophage, was designed and created as a gift to Dr Taylor’s alma mater, Corpus Christi, and has become Cambridge’s most popular tourist attraction, eclipsing the famous King’s College Chapel.

Dr Taylor knows China well, having done business in Hong Kong in the 1960s and having set up a factory in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in the 1980s. His experiences as one of the first modern Western businessmen in China inspired a respect for Chinese innovation and motivated him to create the Dragon Chronophage.

The clock is valued at over £3 million (around RMB29 million), making it one of the world’s most valuable modern clocks.

Design Shanghai
Shanghai Exhibition Centre
Nanjing West Road
March 27-30 2015 10:00AM-6:00PM
Dr Taylor at the AD China Design Forum: March 29 10:30AM



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About Dr John C Taylor OBE

Dr John C Taylor OBE was born in Buxton in Derbyshire in 1936. Having spent six years living in Canada during his childhood, he returned home towards the end of the Second World War and attended King William School on the Isle of Man before studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.

After finishing his education he took a job at Otter Controls, founded by his father, and began working in bi-metal. His work with these controls led to Dr Taylor designing the thermostat systems that are used in almost two billion kettles and small household appliances.

China has always been special to Dr Taylor, who first visited Hong Kong on business in the 1960s and set up a factory in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province in the 1980s. As one of the world’s leading inventors, he appreciated the enthusiasm for design that it seems is part of the Chinese DNA.

Dr Taylor has also conducted a lot of research in the subject of horology. His admiration of John Harrison, an early pioneer of clocks and time-keeping, led him to design and help build the Corpus Chronophage, a three metre-high clock that lives on the exterior of the Corpus Christi College building at Cambridge University.

Dr Taylor has been the recipient of many honours including, but not limited to, the following:

- Appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year honours list for his services to business and horology
- Appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of British engineering, innovation and commerce
- Being conferred an Honorary Doctorate from UMIST

In his spare time, Dr Taylor also has a keen interest in aviation, having been a private pilot for over sixty years. Taught by his father as a child, he has so far amassed over 5,000 hours of flying time.

Dr Taylor is on Twitter at

Notes to Editors:

Design Shanghai
Dates: 27-30 March 2015
Venue: Shanghai Exhibition Centre
Address: 1000 Yan’an Mid Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai, 200040

Design Shanghai is China’s leading international design event. In 2014, Design Shanghai opened its doors to over 47,000 visitors, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in China’s ever-growing design community.

Showcasing the best design brands from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network and establish long-term business relations with China’s top architects, interior designers, property developers, facilities managers, private buyers and anyone with passion for exciting, new and inspiring designs.

2015 will see the return of China’s premier design event, featuring even more of the finest international design houses, inspiring speakers and curated features.

Twitter: @designshanghai
Weibo: DesignShanghai
WeChat: designshanghai


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