The 2013 NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium and Special Exhibition of Spectacular Clocks, Watches, and Sundials
by The Pre-Eminent Master
Thomas Tompion (1639–1713)

California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California

7-9 November 2013

Program Details

Thursday, November 7

10:00

Registration desk open

Thursday, November 7
Optional Additional Programs

Hilton Hotel, International Ballroom

14:00

Antiquarian Horological Society, USA Section Annual Meeting
Chair: Jim Cipra, Chairman, Antiquarian Horological Society USA Section

14:15

“The Evolution of Tower Clock Movements and Their Design over the Past 800 Years”
Mark Frank, horological researcher and collector, Chicago, Illinois

15:00

Break

15:30

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Horological Science Chapter 161 Meeting
Chair: Bob Holmström, President, NAWCC Horological Science Chapter 161

15:35

“Extreme Amateur Timekeeping: From Harrison to Einstein”
Tom Van Baak, physicist, mathematician, operating systems software engineer, and precision clock enthusiast, Bellevue, Washington

16:15

Meeting adjourned

Thursday Evening, November 7

Hilton Hotel, International Ballroom

19:00

History and Background of the James Arthur Lecture
Jim Cipra, Chairman, NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium Committee

19:10

James Arthur Lecture: “The Time of Our Lives”
William J. H. Andrewes, author, horological consultant, and sundial maker, Concord, Massachusetts

20:00

“Tompion in Context”

John C. Taylor, inventor, clockmaker, and horologist, Isle of Man

20:40

Hilton Hotel, Pasadena Room
Reception to open the exhibition Majestic Time, commemorating the life and work of the 71st Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, Thomas Tompion, eminent and ingenious clockmaker from the Golden Age of British Horology

Friday, November 8

Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology

08:00

Registration desk opens

09:00

Welcome Address

09:05

Introductory Remarks
Mostyn Gale, Chairman, 2013 NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium

Friday, November 8
Session I: Finding Time

Chair

Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, California Institute of Technology

09:15

“The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time”
Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, California Institute of Technology

09:30

“The Meaning of Time in Biology”
Lynn Rothschild, Evolutionary Biologist/Astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California; Consulting Professor, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; and Adjunct Professor, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

10:15

Break and refreshments

10:45

“Time and the Brain”
David Eagleman, Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

11:30

“Recycling Time”
E. C. Krupp, Astronomer and Director, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California

12:15

Panel discussion

12:30

Lunch (Sandwiches/soft drinks provided around the perimeter of the Beckman Auditorium)

Friday, November 8
Session II: Keeping Time

Chair

Dava Sobel, author, East Hampton, New York

14:00

“The Bell and the Clock: The Need for Public Time”
Dava Sobel, author, East Hampton, New York

14:15

“From Sun and Water to Weights: Public Time Devices from Antiquity to c. 1650”
Anthony Turner, author and historian of scientific instruments, Le Mesnil-Le-Roy, France

15:00

Break and refreshments

15:30

“Precision Crunching, 1650-1900: Measuring Time Accurately over 250 Years”
Jonathan Betts, Senior Curator of Horology, Royal Museums Greenwich, London, U.K.

16:15

“Bond Time: Pendulum, Spring, and Wire”
Donald Saff, art historian, artist, and author, Oxford, Maryland

17:00

Panel discussion

17:15

Break for dinner

19:30 - 23:00

Reception for information exchange

Saturday, November 9
Session III: Changing Time

Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology

Chair

Tracy Dennison, Professor of Social Science History, California Institute of Technology

09:15

“Time and the Early Modern Economy”
Tracy Dennison, Professor of Social Science History, California Institute of Technology

09:30

“The Great Age of the Tower Clock”
Chris McKay, author and specialist in turret clocks, Wimborne, Dorset, U.K.

10:15

Break and refreshments

10:45

“Affordable Time: America’s Contribution”
Chris H. Bailey, former Curator, American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol, Connecticut

11:30

“The Standardizing of Civil Time”
Geoff Chester, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.

12:15

Panel discussion

12:30

Lunch (Sandwiches/soft drinks provided around the perimeter of the Beckman Auditorium)

Saturday, November 9
Session IV: Using Time

Chair

Linn Hobbs, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

14:00

“Time and Materials”
Linn Hobbs, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

14:15

“From Bain to Shortt: Electrical Timekeeping, 1840–1940”
James Nye, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College London, and Council Member and Secretary, Electrical Timekeeping Group of the Antiquarian Horological Society, U.K.

15:00

Break and refreshments

15:30

“The Quartz Revolution: Quartz Clocks and the Public in Britain, 1930–60”
David Rooney, Curator of Time, Navigation and Transport, Science Museum, London, and former Curator of Timekeeping, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, U.K.

16:15

“Atomic Clock: Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?”
Thomas O’Brian, Chief, Time and Frequency Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado

17:00

Panel discussion

17:15

End of discussion

19:15

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar)

20:00

Banquet (black tie optional)
Keynote Address: “Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe”
William D. Phillips, Nobel Laureate, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Sunday, November 10
Santa Barbara Tour

Visit to Santa Barbara to see the Bisno Schall Gallery and the Santa Barbara County Courthouse clock, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and the city of Santa Barbara. Tours of the courthouse and the clock given from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.