John Harrison blue plaque in Foulby

John Harrison the inventor of the marine chronometer which first allowed the location of longitude at sea by mechanical means, was baptised in Wragby parish in 1693 and spent his childhood here in Foulby. He died in 1776.

John Harrison (3 April [O.S. 24 March] 1693– 24 March 1776) was a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker. He invented the marine chronometer, a long-sought after device for solving the problem of establishing the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea, thus revolutionising and extending the possibility of safe long-distance sea travel in the Age of Sail. The problem was considered so intractable, and following the Scilly naval disaster of 1707 so important, that the British Parliament offered the Longitude prize of £20,000 (comparable to £2.66 million/$4.25 million US in modern currency) for the solution.Harrison came 39th in the BBC's 2002 public poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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