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    John Harrisonwas a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer, a long-sought after device for solving the problem of calculating longitude while at sea. His solution revolutionized navigation and greatly increased the safety of long-distance sea travel. The problem he solved was considered so important following the Scilly naval disaster of 1707 that the British Parliament offered financial rewards of up to £20,000under the 1714 Longitude Act. Harrison came 39th in the BBC's 2002 public poll of... (wikipedia)

    • Died On 3/24/1776

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