Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 31-12-2010

Three Manx residents make New Year's Honours List

by John Gregory

Three Manx residents make New Year's Honours List

THREE Manx residents are included on the New Year's Honours List.


Alex Downie MLC has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for public services in the Isle of Man and Dr John Taylor has been awarded the OBE for services to business and horology.


Mrs Jean Buck has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to wildlife and conservation in the Island.


She has been heavily involved with the Manx Wildlife Trust for many years, carrying out projects for the organisation and raising funds.


Mr Downie served as a member of the House of Keys for Douglas West from 1991 to 2005.


He was then elected as a Member of the Legislative Council and has remained in that role ever since.

His government posts have included serving as Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister from 1999 to 2002 and as Trade and Industry Minister from 2002 to 2006.


He is currently a political member for the Department of Economic Development and his responsibilities include the space industry.


Former Strix chairman Dr John Taylor is an inventor - his most famous invention is the cordless kettle.


Many of the hundreds of patents that he holds are connected with domestic appliances, thermostats, and electrical equipment.


Dr Taylor created the Chronophage clock which is on display at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge where he studied in the 1950s.


It is in the Taylor Library which he largely funded and the library is named after him.


Professor Stephen Hawking unveiled the unusual clock in 2008.


Dr Taylor is a former King William's College student and returned to live in the Island 30 years ago.


Last year fellow horologist and Island resident Dr George Daniels - who is recognised as the world's greatest living watchmaker - received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to horology.



Also see:  Dr Taylor "very proud" to receive OBE

              Alex praises his colleagues after being awarded OBE

              Conservationist "overwhelmed" by MBE 






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