can be enjoyed as a well crafted description of the horological contributions of an important persona of his time, but for the reader so inclined, it is much more, it is a sensitive portrait of a troubled, but brilliant human being, who pursued his horological and scholarly goals against the odds imposed by society and his era. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, Sussex, NJ, December 29, 2006
Gould's life [is] more than adequately and very readably portrayed in [this book]... (John Hunter, Clocks Magazine, January 2007
Betts has produced a finely crafted biography full of lovingly observed insight into Gould's character, including his many personal failings. But the book is much more than a biography. Lisa Jardine, Nature, Vol. 444, December 2006.
Betts tells his tale very well. In addition to being a 'good read', Time Restored
is a work of considerate scholarship; there are over 400 footnotes and six appendices including a bibliography reading list, and glossary. Most usefully there is a comprehensive index...Packed with information for the serious student of horology, there is also so much in this book for the general reader, especially those interested in social history. QP Magazine, Issue Twenty One 2006
... Time Restored
like the works of the subject R.T. Gould, is an important contribution to horological literature. It is very accessible and highly recommended. Horological Journal, October 2006 It is very accessible and highly recommended. Horological Journal, October 2006
Horologist and author Jonathan Betts, the current curator of the Harrison timekeepers at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, has crafted a chronicle of a poignant moment in the history of time. Time Restored, his extensively researched biography of Rupert Gould, brings back the man who brought back John Harrison's sea clocks. Just as Gould lovingly restored the long-neglected timepieces (now recognized as national treasures) Betts has taken apart Gould's tumultuous life and reassembled it in perfectly readable order — sea serpents and all. Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileos Daughter and The Planets
About the Author
Jonathan Betts Royal Observatory National Maritime Museum Greenwich SE10 9NF
Jonathan Betts, Senior Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, took the British Horological Institute finals in Technical Horology in 1975, and was awarded the Tremayne National Prize for Practical watchmaking. For the following five years he practiced as a self-employed Horology Conservator. In 1980 he was appointed Senior Horology Conservation Officer at the National Maritime Museum and in 1989 was presented the NMM's Callender award for his contribution to Horological Conservation. He was appointed Curator of Horology in 1990 and became Senior Curator in 2004.