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It's 300 years since Parliament established a £20,000 prize for a simple solution to the problem of determining a ship's longitude.

And next year marks 250 years since the Longitude Prize was finally won by chronometer inventor John Harrison (pictured), who lived in Red Lion Square near the Clerkenwell clock-making trade. The Longitude Prize is back in 2014 with a fund of £10 million for a solution to antibiotic resistance. The issue was decided following a public vote launched by BBC Two's Horizon. Register online for a chance to follow in John Harrison's footsteps.
www.longitudeprize.org

 

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