Rupert Thomas Gould (1890-1948) was not a professional horologist, yet he researched and wrote 'The Marine Chronometer' in
just four years, between the ages of 29 and 33. A true English eccentric and a veritable polymath, Gould made important contributions
in an extraordinary range of subject areas, from early typewriters to the Loch Ness Monster, from antiquarian horology to
the history and rules of the game of tennis. He was an early broadcaster on radio, giving weekly talks on the BBC's 'Children's
Hour' throughout the 1930s; as a member of the 1940s discussion programme 'The Brains Trust' he amazed a national audience
with his wide learning and photographic memory. Yet, his greatest achievements were horological: his restoration of the great
Harrison timekeepers and his authorship of so many fine texts on the history of horology are his true legacy.