Longitude: back and forth across the years

Public event with Lord Martin Rees FRS and Dr Rebekah Higgitt, in partnership with the National Maritime Museum

Harrison's H4 Clock Harrison's H4 Clock ©National Maritime Museum

Event details

The search for an accurate measurement of longitude is a fascinating story that transformed seafaring navigation forever. Many designs were submitted after the passing of the Longitude Act in 1714. Two complementary methods were developed that, ultimately, allowed the widespread adoption of the marine chronometer. 
 
Was parliament's decision to offer a reward essential to these innovations? Are there lessons to be drawn about how we support science and technology? As the Royal Museum Greenwich open their exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars about the quest for longitude, exhibition curator Dr Rebekah Higgitt and Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees explore these and other questions whilst discussing the impacts of the Act over the last 300 years and what the future may bring from the discoveries of Nesta’s newly launched 2014 Longitude Prize.

This event will be followed by a late opening of Ships, Clocks & Stars.

The discussion will be chaired by UK Space Agency research Fellow, Dr Lewis Dartnell.

Attending this event

Tickets are required for this event and may be purchased from the National Maritime Museum. Tickets are £5, £4 members for event-only; £12 for event and exhibition ticket.

Enquiries: Contact the events team.

Longitude: back and forth across the years

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  • The interaction of fire and mankind - further discussion 16 September 2015 at The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Buckinghamshire Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Dr Claire Belcher and Professor Chris Roos
  • Open House Weekend 2015 19 September 2015 at The Royal Society, London The Royal Society's building will be open to the public on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015.

For more events please see the events diary.

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