The Man Behind Time

It is said that a man who doesn’t know to act with time is always driven back in the race? We set time to leave the bed; set go to school and for our workplace and even depend on time to go to bed at night. Our life is fully depended on time. So, could you name me the person who helped by inventing the present system that is used in time zones? Sir Stanford Fleming is the person behind the time zone system that is followed all over the world now a day. He is known as the father of the Standard Time. Sir Stanford Fleming is an inventor and an engineer too. Apart from inventing the standard time zone, he is also the designer of the first Canada’s postage stamp and designer of the most of the Pacific Railway in Canada and the Intercolonial railway. He was the founder member of the Royal Canadian Institute, Royal Society of Canada and a science association in Toronto.

img_0775-e1344543574461Before the invention of the standard time zone by Sir Stanford Fleming, people used to calculate time using the sun’s position. With the invention of trains, it was needed to have a standard time zone. Sir Fleming came up with his idea of standard time zone. He proposed to divide the word time zone into 24 parts that start from Greenwich Meridian and a 15 degree interim to separate all. This proposal was accepted on 1st January 1985 in International Prime Meridian Conference which was attended by 25 nations of the world. From then Sir Stanford Fleming standard time zone is accepted and is used by all mankind.

Talking about his past life Sir Stanford Fleming was born on the 7th January 1827 in Scotland. His father was known by the name of Andrew Fleming and his mother was called b7y Elizabeth Fleming.  He spends his early life in Scotland. At 14 year he works as a trainee surveyor.  Later in 18 years, he came to Peterborough, Canada and settled over there for the rest of his life. In 1849, he got his certificate as a surveyor.  In 4th November 1851, Sir Stanford Fleming inaugurated Royal Canadian Institute that later was transformed into a scientific society.


In the same year, he designed the earlier Canadian stamp that was known as Threepenny Beaver. In 1855, he was promoted to the chief engineer in Canada Northern Railway. Here as safety measures, he recommends the usage of iron bridges in the place of wooden bridges.  He also served the Canada Royal Regiment and later was designated to the post of Captain in the year 1st January 1862. He served as a military official of Canada till 1865. He died in the year 22 July 1915 at Halifax, Canada.

Are you interested in knowing how the invention of standard time zone strikes into his mind? It was in the year 1876 Ireland when he missed a train as the schedule was printed incorrectly. The schedule showed p.m. which would have been a.m. Here he thought of inventing a time zone that should not be dependent on any surface meridian. A standard time zone that should follow a 24 hour time clock through the world. He started with his research in the year 1879 and with many obstacles finally in 1929, all of the major countries of the world accepted his time zone concept.

images1Here are some facts about the great engineer and inventor;

  1. He sketched the Canadian first postage stamp.
  2. He worked as an in-charge in the survey work for Canadian first railway.
  3. He gained immense fame as a railway engineer.
  4. The famous scientific center, Royal Canadian Institute, was founded by Sir Stanford Fleming.
  5. He also served as the Chancellor of Queen’s University, Kingston from 1880.
  6. In the year 1897, Sir Stanford Fleming was honored with the knight for his work.


After 101 years of his death, Sir Stanford Fleming is still with us through his great invention of Standard time zone. We cannot live without his invention. He was a great inventor and an engineer.  It is also worthy of remembering him as Google Doodle is celebrating his 190th birth anniversary. So, today whenever you look at the clock, please don’t forget to remember the great inventor and just thank him for his invention.




You may also like...

0 thoughts on “The Man Behind Time”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Designed by Moz Web Development