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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.

(1629 - 1695)

Dutch phisicist, geometer and astronomer. Inventor of the pendulum clock, the cycloidal pendulum, the balance-spring for watches, etc. Author of scientific horological works. Member of the Académie des Sciences, Paris, and Fellow of the Royal Society. Huygens may be regarded as the father of the scientific horology.

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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