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1797-1936 1965-1999 2000-2003


1797-1936   [Back to Top]

1797 Richard Taylor becomes an apprentice printer to Jonas Davis in London.
1798 Davis begins printing Philosophical Magazine, a scientific journal launched by Alexander Tillich.
1800 Poor eyesight forces Davis to retire, and he sells the business to Richard Taylor's father. Taylor, who is still too young to be a master printer, goes into partnership with Richard Wilks
1804 The partnership is uneasy and as soon as Taylor becomes a master printer, the partnership dissolves.
Early 1800s Taylor becomes co-editor and then editor of Philosophical Magazine, which then and now is a highly respected journal. The prestige of the journal attracts major works, such as Introduction to Botany, William Paley's Natural Theology, and Fiora Graeca.
1834 Dr. William Francis, a chemist and the illegitmate son of Richard Taylor, begins work with his father.
1837 Scientific Memoires, a set of prestigeous and innovative scientific papers is launched.
1837 Taylor purchases co-ownership of the Magazine of Zoology and Botany and merges several journals which eventually become the Journal of Natural History in 1967.
1851 William Francis becomes an editor of Philosophical Magazine.
1852 William Francis becomes a partner and the company is named Taylor & Francis.

Richard Taylor dies and William Francis continues the company throughout his lifetime..

1917 The company acquires Charles Jones & Co. printers to keep up with technological changes in printing.
1936 Taylor & Francis becomes a privated limited company. Shares are sold to leading academics such as Henry Banister.

1965-1999   [Back to Top]

1965 Taylor & Francis launches Wykeham Publications and begins book publishing.
1982 Taylor & Francis opens first international office in New York
1983 Anthony Selvey becomes CEO.
1988 Company acquires Hemisphere Publishing, former part of Harper & Row, and the company is renamed Taylor & Francis Group to reflect the growing number of imprints.
1990 Taylor & Francis exits from the printing business to concentrate on publishing.
1994 Taylor & Francis acquires Accelerated Developments, Inc., a psychology publisher.
1996 Taylor & Francis acquires Garland Publishing, a publisher with some $12 million in sales revenue.
1998 Taylor & Francis Group goes public on the London Stock Exchange.
1998 Taylor & Francis purchases Routledge (including Routledge, Spon Press and Carfax) for £90 million.
1998 Taylor & Francis begins distribution in the Asia/Pacific region.
1999 Taylor & Francis acquires Martin Dunitz for $18.02 million.
1999 Taylor & Francis acquires Europa Publications Ltd.

2000-2003   [Back to Top]

2000 Taylor & Francis partners with Versaware to digitally convert its backlist of some 17,000 titles.
2000 Taylor & Francis restructures Europa Publications Ltd.
2000 Taylor & Francis acquires the journals division of Scandanavian University Press.
2001 Taylor & Francis purchases Gordon and Breach Publishing Group (including Harwood Academic) for £22.8 million.
2001 Tayor & Francis purchases Curzon Press.
2001 Taylor & Francis partners with Ebrary, Inc. to provide e-book editions of their backlist and part of the frontlist.
2002 Taylor & Francis purchases Fitzroy Deanborn Publishers (FDP) for £ 3.1 million.
2002 David Smith is named CEO of Taylor & Francis.
2002 Taylor & Francis offers $300 million for Blackwell Publishers and bids for Kluwer Academic Publishers. Kluwer goes to Cinven and Candover. Blackwell is still owned by the family.
2003 Taylor & Francis purchases Bios Scientific Publishers for £2.7 million.
2003 Taylor & Francis acquires CRC Press from Information Holdings for $95 million (32 journals and 352 books).
2003 Taylor & Francis buys the business and publishing assets of Marcel Decker, Inc., for $138.6 million.
2003 Taylor & Francis purchases Frank Cass & Co. Ltd. for 11.3 million.
2003 Taylor & Francis acquires Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers and A.A. Balkema.
2004 Taylor & Francis merges with Informa in an all-stock merger worth some $2.05 billion. The new combined company will be T&F Informa and publishes titles such as Biotechniques and Lloyd's Maritime Newsletter .
2004 Taylor & Francis partners with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, publisher of security and strategic journals, reference works and monographs.
2005 Taylor & Francis acquires Institute of Physics Book Publishing Program.
2005 Taylor & Francis consolidates imprints. Bios, Brunner-Routledge, Brunner-Mazel, Carfax, CRC Press, Frank Cass, Gordon & Breach, Marcel Dekker, Martin Dunitz, Parthenon Publishing, Spon Press, Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers, and Taylor Graham Journals are incorporated into Routledge or Taylor & Francis as appropriate.
2007 Informa's Academic and Scientific Division (Taylor & Francis) acquires Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. The deal includes 100 journal titles and 200 books and includes imprints of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and The Analytic Press.