Jonathan Betts MBE (born January 1955) is Curator Emeritus at the Royal Observatory (National Maritime Museum), Greenwich, a horological scholar and author, and an expert on the first marine timekeepers created by John Harrison in the middle of the 18th century. He was formerly Senior Specialist in horology at Greenwich.
DR. james nye
CHAIRMAN ANTIQUARIAN HOROLOGICAL SOCIETY, MASTER WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF CLOCKMAKERS
.James first learned clock repair as a teenager in the 1970s at Ardingly College in Sussex, igniting a lifelong passion for horology. James spent a couple of decades in commerce, though clocks filled increasing amounts of his time as he assembled a collection of early electrical timepieces. From the mid-1990s onward he researched electric clock companies, with case studies underpinning a PhD at Kings London, focussed on the company promoter in the City.He devotes most of his time to chairing the Antiquarian Horological Society (www.ahsoc.org), but he is also Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 2022, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In 2011 he founded The Clockworks in SE London, the world’s only museum, workshop and library dedicated solely to electrical horology. James writes and lectures regularly on horological and historical topics. He has acted as co-ordinating editor on many horological books, and in 2014 OUP published his history of the Smiths Group (A Long Time in Making). This year saw the publication of Anthony Turner’s A General History of Horology, again through OUP, for which James acted as an advisory editor, contributing several chapters.
ROBERT C. CHENEY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CURATOR WILLARD HOUSE & CLOCK MUSEUM
Robert C. Cheney, is a third-generation clockmaker, dealer, and nationally recognized authority on early American clocks. He has served as a conservator and consultant for over fifty museums including Old Sturbridge Village, Worcester Art Museum, American Antiquarian Society, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He will speak about the J. Cheney Wells Clock Collection and Gallery at OSV (see gallery photo below).
INDEPENDENT HOROLOGICAL SCHOLAR AND AUTHOR
William Andrewes was born and educated in England. He trained as a clockmaker, working under the guidance of George Daniels and Martin Burgess, and as a designer, graduating from Kingston College of Art in 1972. Specializing in the field of time measurement for five decades, he has worked at Eton College (1973-1977), the Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich (1974-1977), The Time Museum (1977-1987), and Harvard University, where he was the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (1987-1999). He organized the Longitude Symposium (1993), edited The Quest for Longitude (1996), and was co-author with Dava Sobel of The Illustrated Longitude (1998). In 2001, he curated an exhibition of Kelly Edey’s collection at the Frick Collection. He has been awarded three patents for his “Longitude Dial”, examples of which are in the United States, England, France, Mexico, and Spain. For his contributions to horology, the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers awarded him the Harrison Medal in 2007.
SOTHEBY'S SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT / CHAIRMAN, INTERNATIONAL WATCH DIVISION
Daryn Schnipper joined Sotheby's in 1980. Early in her career, Ms Schnipper became a pioneer of wristwatches as a new collecting category and of dedicated wristwatch auctions. Ms Schnipper has played a pivotal role in the sale of numerous important single-owner watch and clock collections. These include the Masterpieces from the Time Museum and the George Daniels Horological Collection in 2012. Her other notable sales include watches from the estate of Andy Warhol (1987); the Justice Shepro Collection of Clocks (2001); and the Collection of Esmond Bradley Martin (2002). She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism and a minior in Art History from Boston University.
INDEPENDENT SCHOLAR, AUTHOR, COLLECTOR
- Long-time researcher of upstate New York clocks and clock makers. - Co-author of the 2003 National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors (NAWCC) book “An Empire in Time – Clocks and Clock Makers of Upstate New York” - Curator of the Exhibit “Top Shelf – Eight Day Brass Shelf Clock Makers of Upstate, NY 1816-1842” at the NAWCC Museum, 2004.- Author of the 2011 book “Good for a Time,” a Research Archive of Early American Wooden Works Shelf Clocks. - Author of the book “Without Equal – The Clocks of Abner Jones of Bloomfield, New York to be published in 2022.- Author of numerous articles and presentations over the past 40 years. - NAWCC Star Fellow serving on several National committees. - Fellow and Past Director, American Watch & Clock Museum, Bristol, CT- Member and Past President, Cog Counters Chapter #194 of the NAWCC, with a primary interest in Early American Wooden Works Clocks. Past Editor of the group's Journal.- Member and Past President, Tower & Street Clock Chapter #134 of the NAWCC. Current Editor of Public Time, the Chapter journal.
Following 26 years of experience as Senior Vice President in charge of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, Ms. Malinowski created her own enterprise, Marsha Malinowski Fine Books & Manuscripts, LLC in 2012.
Ms. Malinowski works independently with clients offering appraisal, advisory, auction and media services to private clients, corporations and institutions, and also offers collectors and institutions rare and important printed and manuscript material unavailable at auction. Ms. Malinowski has been involved with some of the most extraordinary sales of manuscripts in auction history.
She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. from Brown University.
COMPUTER GRAPHICS ENTREPRENEUR
Martin Conradi is British; after an early career in advertising and marketing in London, set up his own computer graphics business there in 1981. In 1993 he met John Redfern at a computer conference and was deeply impressed by his innovative animation of Harrison’s H1. After John’s death in 2019 it became clear that his website was in danger of closing and the body of his work scattered and eventually lost. Martin felt his work was important and volunteered to bring as much as possible of John’s work together from the various museums, collectors and individuals who had commissioned his animations. He also wanted to reflect Redfern’s ethos as a teacher – as Redfern himself wrote: ”For me, the challenge is to explain complicated mechanisms and principles so that they can be understood by viewers of all ages and abilities, yet be enjoyed by the expert.” Martin has been hugely helped in this endeavour by Philip Whyte and his colleagues at Frodsham, by Will Andrewes, Jonathan Betts and numerous others. There can be few people who have had such an extraordinary level of support and encouragement for such an undertaking, which in itself underlines the importance of Redfern’s work.
CURATOR OF HOROLOGY, BRITISH MUSEUM
Oliver Cooke has been a Curator of Horology in the Department of Britain, Europe & Prehistory at the British Museum since 2007. He is responsible for managing the care, storage, display and conservation of the diverse collection of over 8,000 items, which includes clocks, watches, scientific instruments, parts, prints and ephemera, ranging from the humble to the pre-eminent. He enjoys developing correspondingly broad interests in the field, which enables him to fulfil his key duty to promote access to the collection for students, researchers and the public. Having studied the conservation of antique clocks at West Dean College in the South of England from 2005-2007, his practical background has been essential in informing his technical and historical research into these complex objects and their place in humankind’s experience of time across the ages.
HOROLOGICAL RESTORER AND SCHOLAR
Ian D. Fowler, born 1953 in UK. Studied German Language and Literature at Manchester University 1971-1975. Permanent resident in Germany since 1975. Training as clockmaker. Since 1978 professional horological restorer. Commisions for museums and public institutions: Museum für Franken in Würzburg including cataloging over 100 clocks and 500 watches, the Roentgen Museum in Neuwied, Administration of the publicly owned castles and palaces in Hessen, in the Rhineland-Palatinate, and Brandenburg-Preussen; many private clock collections in Germany.
CURATOR, GERMAN CLOCK MUSEUM
Johannes Graf studied German History and Literature at Berlin. After his Ph.D. he prepared several exhibitions and worked for museums at Braunschweig and Wolfsburg. In 2000 he started as a curator for the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum at Furtwangen, Germany. Since then he published some dozen essays and books on a wide range of historical topics, such as world time and daylight saving time, sports timing, cuckoo and other Black Forest clocks, quartz clocks, German clock industry and horological books.
Watch Expert, Author, Scholar, Collector Advisor
John Reardon first became interested in horology while learning the art of clockmaking as a teenager at the American Watch and Clock Museum in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. His auction career began at Sotheby’s in New York in 1997 where he was part of the team that sold the Patek Philippe Henry Graves’ Supercomplication. He joined the Henri Stern Watch Agency (Patek Philippe USA) in 2001 and served for a decade in sales and marketing roles. Returning to the auction world in 2011, he spent five years as Christie’s International Head of Watches. He left Christie’s during the summer of 2019 to launch Collectability LLC. John is a regular contributor to Forbes magazine and to the Patek Philippe magazine where his Collector’s Guide is in each issue. His book, Patek Philippe in America: Marketing the World’s Foremost Watch, was published in 2008 and was followed by the Patek Philippe Reference Guide: Men’s Wristwatches (2010) and the Patek Philippe Reference Guide: Ladies’ Watches (2012). John is member of Academy of the Grand Prix D’Horlogerie de Genève, a Trustee of the Horological Society of New York and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
Technical Adminstrator, NAWCC Forums
Tom McIntyre earned his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics in 1954 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then discovered a love for clocks that has lasted for more than 50 years and led to the discovery of Paul Chamberlain’s book “It’s About Time.” At the time of his retirement, he was elected 2nd Vice President of the NAWCC and served in a variety of roles as Treasurer and Director for a total of 10 years. He has been responsible for the technical operations of the NAWCC Forums since 2011. His interest in watches led him to the McIntyre Watch Co. and he prepared a set of three NAWC national-convention presentations on Charles DeLong, Fred McIntyre and the McIntyre Watch Co. He created a display of related factory drawings and artifacts.