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Physicists, astronomers, architects, geometricians, mathematicians, time-keepers, watchmakers: these are just some of the interested people who, through the years, have displayed a passion for the measurement of time.
Their research has led to major discoveries and inventions that are still relevant today. Whether physical or geometrical theories, natural laws or mechanical applications, their fundamental contributions have all made it possible to measure time with greater precision, to create timepieces to ever higher specifications while allowing aesthetic qualities to become more refined, and even to design increasingly efficient and modern production methods.


JOST BÜRGI
(1552 - 1632)

Swiss horologist, astronomer and mathematician, employed as a mechanic by the Margrave William IV of Hesse-Cassel, then as clockmaker to the Emperor Rodolph II. He built many clocks, globes and other apparatus. For William IV, who was a talented astronomer, he made astronomical instruments, and used them for making observations. Later, he worked with Kepler in Prague and, independently of Napier, compiled a table of logarithms.

Antiquity : Archimedes
Middle Ages : Dondi
15th - 17th centuries : Bürgi, Clement, Coudrey, Di Vinci, Fatio, Fromanteel, Galileo, Gemma Frisius, Hooke, Huygens, Newton, Tompion
18th - 19th centuries : Arnold, Bernoulli, Berthoud, Bessel, Breguet, Celsius, Earnshow, Ellicott, Foucault, Graham, Hahn, Harrison, Houriet, Janvier, Japy, Jaquet-Droz, Jeanrichard, Lepine, Le Roy, Leschot, Maskelyne, Mercer, Moinet, Mudge, Oersted, Perrelet, Philippe, Sully
20th century : Bonniksen, Ditisheim, Guillaume, Jaquerod
       
   

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