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City Magazine 2014

A timely legacy: George Daniels CBE

George Daniels, who passed away in October 2011, was one of City's most esteemed alumni. After attending evening classes in horology at the Northampton Institute, Daniels became a renowned watchmaker.  He produced his first mechanical watch in 1969 and subsequently became famous for creating the co-axial escapement, widely regarded as the key development in watch-making over the last 250 years and still present in most quality watches today.

He was awarded an MBE in 1981 and a CBE in 2010. In 2007, City University London awarded him a Doctor of Science honoris causa.

In his estate, George Daniels bequeathed substantial funds to provide scholarships for City University London students and to benefit City research in measurement and instrumentation. This bequest is administered by the George Daniels Educational Trust.

In September 2013, City celebrated George Daniels' life and legacy with an event that featured the formal renaming of the University Clock to the George Daniels Clock. A plaque has been placed inside the entrance of the College Building to commemorate this occasion. Following the renaming, the inaugural George Daniels Lecture, entitled "Optical Atomic Clocks: light years ahead?" was delivered by Professor Patrick Gill of the National Physical Laboratory.

The 2014 George Daniels Lecture will take place on 3rd December and will be given by Andrew King, widely recognised as a leading authority on Harrison Clocks. To book tickets to the Lecture, please call +44 (0)20 7040 8271 or email