Britain’s Board of Longitude: the Finances, 1714-1828

By Derek Howes, published November 1998

Abstract

While the development of instruments has been well documented, little has been published concerning the finances and awards of the Board of Longitude. The article describes in detail the awards made by the Board between 1714 and 1828. What is interesting is the very high number of relatively small awards to auxiliary contributors to solving the problem, in addition to the major awards made to John Harrison for his timekeepers. The article is well supported by tables, diagrams and appendices.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Science & Exploration

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