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John Harrison

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Foulby, near Wakefield, in Yorkshire
Death: March 24, 1776 (83)
Red Lion Square, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Jr. Harrison and Elizabetha Dilworth
Husband of Elizabeth Barrel and Elizabeth Scott
Father of John Harrison; William Harrison and Elizabeth Harrison
Half brother of Elizabeth Harrison; Henry Harrison; James Harrison and Mary Harrison

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About John Harrison

John Harrison (24 March 1693 – 24 March 1776) was a self-educated English clockmaker. He invented the marine chronometer, a long-sought device in solving the problem of establishing the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea, thus revolutionising and extending the possibility of safe long distance sea travel in the Age of Sail. The problem was considered so intractable that the British Parliament offered a prize of £20,000 (comparable to £2.87 million in modern currency) for the solution.

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March 24, 1693
Foulby, near Wakefield, in Yorkshire
Age 25
May 20, 1728
Age 35
Age 38
- Bp. 12/21/1732
March 24, 1776
Age 83
Red Lion Square, London, England