Google is celebrating the 325th birthday of clockmaker John Harrison, who is depicted in the latest Google doodle crafting a tabletop clock while bits of gears and scrolls of paper sit strewn around him.
According to the Google Doodle Blog, Harrison was born today (April 3) in 1693 in Yorkshire, England. Harrison was self-educated, and is credited with creating the first marine chronometer to calculate longitude when sailors were at sea.
As a result of this achievement, which took Harrison from 1728 to 1735 to complete, he was rewarded £20,000 by the Board of Longitude for constructing an instrument that could find the longitude within 30 miles of a voyage. Thanks to Harrison’s achievement, seamen could take safer journeys out to sea.
“Our colorful Doodle shows the inventor hard at work,” the doodle blog reads. “Today, time is on his side.”