• Bug Collectors and Daylight Savings Time

    by  • March 10, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    hudson2I’d like to introduce you to George Hudson. I’m guessing, and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, that you have no idea who George was. But perhaps you should: Come Sunday morning, you’ll be observing an annual rite that he was the first to propose.

    entomologistHudson was into bugs in a big way. He was born in London in 1867. By the time he was 14, he’d collected enough British insects to be able to write a paper that was published in The Entomologist. After moving to New Zealand at age 16, he went to work for the post office in Wellington.

    But, he kept on collecting bugs. His collection is now on display in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum.


    Getting outside to search for creepy-crawlies led up to value the amount of sunlight he had after work. So, in 1895, he presented the idea of shifting time two hours ahead during the summer months to the Wellington Philosophical Society.

    clockIn 1908, another Englishman had the same idea, and it was eventually adopted by the much of the rest of the world within a decade. But Hudson was the first credited with the reason we’ll be setting our clocks ahead on Sunday.


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.