THE MAN WHO INVENTED TIME

Have you ever wondered who invented the world standard time and why ?

There is an interesting story behind it.

Sandford Fleming, is known as the inventor of world-wide standard time. Fleming was born in 1827 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1845 at the age of seventeen. He first worked as a surveyor and later, became a railway engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He founded the Royal Canadian Institute in Toronto in 1849.

Fast-forward to Ireland in 1876, when a mistake printed in a timetable caused Fleming to miss his train, an incident which apparently inspired his proposal for the introduction of standardized time.

Sir Sandford Fleming advocated the adoption of a standard time or mean time, as well as hourly variations from that according to established time zones. Fleming’s system, still in use today, established Greenwich, England (at 0 degrees longitude) as the standard time, and divides the world into 24 time zones, each a fixed time from the mean time.

Before Fleming’s time revolution, time of day was a local matter, and most cities and towns used some form of local solar time, maintained by some well-known clock (for example, on a Church steeple or in a jeweler’s window).

Fleming was also known for helping build the Intercontinental Railway, serving as chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and designing Canada’s first postage stamp.

He died aged 88 at the home of his daughter in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 22, 1915.

Today’s Google Doodle “reflects Fleming’s legacy on the 190th anniversary of his birth”, according to the search engine giant.

 

 

 

 

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk, www.about.com