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    Lecture on Janet Taylor: first lady of navigation.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2004 Apr 20, 19:50 +0100

    Lecture on Janet Taylor: first lady of navigation.
    I have just received notice of this forthcoming lecture, which sounds as if
    it might interest of a number of listmembers who may perhaps be within
    striking distance of Greenwich on the appropriate day.
    By any standards, Janet Taylor must have been a remarkable lady.
    Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend, but the least I can do is to
    pass the information around.
    From: "Robert Warren" 
    Subject: [rete] NMM lecture
    Dear Rete Members,
    On 21st May 2004 John Croucher, Professor of Statistics at Macquarie
    University, Sydney, Australia, will be giving a lecture at the National
    Maritime Museum, London entitled 'The Remarkable Janet Taylor: first
    lady of navigation'.
    His subject, Janet Taylor, was one of the very few woman instrument
    makers working in London in the 19th century. Taylor was also a skilled
    mathematician, an accomplished astronomer and a prolific author during a
    career that spanned over thirty years.
    Professor Croucher is one of Australia's most prominent academics. He
    currently holds a Chair in the prestigious Macquarie Graduate School of
    Management and was a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, London in
    He has published over sixty journal papers and written 14 books. He has
    been researching Taylor's life for over three years and has a particular
    personal interest in Janet Taylor since she was his
    great-great-great-great-aunt. He is therefore perfectly placed to
    provide a fascinating account of this skilled instrument maker.
    The National Maritime Museum has a number of instruments made by Taylor
    in its collections and some of these, including the gold and silver
    sextant made for the future King Edward VII, will be on display in the
    lecture theatre. There will be time after the lecture to take a closer
    look at them as well as some of her books.
    Following the lecture there will be a chance to visit the new displays
    on the Upper Court where there will be a wide range of navigational and
    astronomical instruments from the Museum's collection, many of which
    will be on display for the first time.
    The lecture will take place in the Lecture Theatre of the National
    Maritime Museum at 11am. Entrance to the lecture and to the Museum is
    free and all are welcome.=20
    If you would like more information on the lecture, the instruments of
    Janet Taylor or the new displays at the National Maritime Museum, please
    e-mail me at rwarren@nmm.ac.uk. For details of how to reach the National
    Maritime Museum go to:
    Rob Warren
    Rob Warren
    Assistant Curator of Navigation
    Royal Observatory
    SE10 9NF
    Tel. 020 8312 6568
    E-mail rwarren@nmm.ac.uk
    Fax 020 8312 6734
    For information about this lecture and the National Maritime Museum,
    contact Rob Warren, above, and not me, George Huxtable.
    contact George Huxtable by email at george@huxtable.u-net.com, by phone at
    01865 820222 (from outside UK, +44 1865 820222), or by mail at 1 Sandy
    Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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