James Ferguson (1710-1776) is known for designing orreries, or mechanical models of the Solar System. He was greatly admired by our national hero, and contemporary Thomas Jefferson and the staff at Monticello recently completed a beautiful reproduction of one of Ferguson's models.
Check out our /museum pages for more information on the history of timekeeping, and similar mechanics.
Check out more information on the great Monticello Blog!
[Thanks to Charles Morrill.]