He lived in the south-east London suburb of Chislehurst. He was a builder. He was of average wealth.
His name was William Willett and without him Britain - and a quarter of the world, including the US - might never have adopted daylight saving time (DST).
A lover of open spaces, Willett was horseback riding one summer morning in 1905 when, ruefully, he observed how many curtains remained drawn against the sunlight. A solution occurred to him: why not move the clocks forward before each summer began?
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