The Story of the remarkable Janet Taylor, Pioneer of Sea Navigation

by John S. Croucher & Rosalind F. Croucher

It is hard to imagine a more male-dominated field in the nineteenth century than sea navigation. This was the high-point of the British Empire and sea navigation drove it. Yet in the midst of this domain Janet Taylor emerged as a young woman able to match the best male minds in the field. She was one of the most remarkable scientists of the period, and yet until now her story has not been told. A gifted mathematician, astronomer, author and instrument maker, she also possessed extraordinary skills as a teacher of navigation and businesswoman.

By the age of nine Janet’s outstanding intellectual abilities were already apparent.

She became the only woman in over 200 years to patent a nautical instrument, her journey led her to extraordinary heights and earned her the respect and admiration of her contemporaries.

A woman far ahead of her time, this is the story of Janet Taylor’s modest beginning and her incredible rise to prominence.

This is an outstanding book and I would very highly recommend it to our readers.


Published by:

Amberley Publications,


The Hill, Merrywalks,


Glos. GL5 4EP


Paperback: 198mm x 129mm, 336 pp illustrated

Price: £9.99



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