James Clerk Maxwell was  hailed as the No 1 Scientist in a National Library of Scotland poll, and the 4th most important topic in Scotland’s History by a BBC poll.

Scottish Parliament Debate on
James Clerk Maxwell
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The City of Edinburgh Council Presents:
James Clerk Maxwell, Scotland's Greatest Physicist
                                          - His Scientific Legacy

Public Lecture by
Professor Malcolm Longair FRS, FRSE, physicist & astronomer

(Edinburgh Science Festival)  (See Pictures of this event)
Friday April 14th 2006 at 20.00
Council Chamber, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

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The Man Who Changed Everything:
                                          The Life of James Clerk Maxwell
Public Lecture  given in four locations by
Dr Basil Mahon
author of the acclaimed book on James Clerk Maxwell

(Institute of Physics)   (See Pictures of this event)

April 25th 2006 at 19.30    venue: Fraser Noble Building
                       Old Aberdeen Campus, University of Aberdeen
April 26th 2006 at 19.00    venue: Tower Extension Lecture
                      Theatre, City Campus, University of  Dundee
April 27th 2006 at 19.30    venue: Glasgow Science Centre
April 28th 2006 at 19.30    venue: James Clerk Maxwell Building,  Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh


Baron's Craig

James Clerk Maxwell in Galloway

A programme of talks (speakers including Dr. Basil Mahon, Prof. Graham Hills, and Prof. Iain MacLeod), visits to Glenlair and Parton, music and celebratory meals.  Full information available from the Venue: Baron’s Craig Hotel, Rockcliffe
 (See Pictures of this event)

June 13th  2006   -  Maxwell’s 175th Birthday!

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Celebrating the man behind the Maxwell equations

The life of James Clerk Maxwell, a great influence on the work of Albert Einstein
A public Lecture presented by Dr Robyn Arianrhod, author of the popular book about James Clerk Maxwell:
Einstein's Heroes
- Imagining the World Through the Language of Mathematics”

June 13th 2006 at 18.00    venue: Telstra Conference Centre,
Level 1, 242 Exhibition St, Melbourne Australia

Event  organised by the IEEE Women in Engineering group in Victoria, Australia  (See Pictures of this event)



Poster Competition for Primary Schools

Winners of Poster Competition based on Clerk Maxwell’s key scientific discoveries and innovations. 

Edinburgh & Lothians

First equals:
Sarah Duff, Boghall Primary School, Bathgate
Abbi Grant, Letham Primary School, Livingston
Lauren Kirkwood, Flora Stevenson Primary School, Edinburgh

Runners up:
Hugh Brown, Boghall Primary School, Bathgate
Lidia Cetrangolo, Flora Stevenson Primary School, Edinburgh
Rhiann Fowlds, Letham Primary School, Livingston
Ewan MacDonald, Boghall Primary School, Bathgate
Lana Skinner, BoghallPrimary School, Bathgate
Bradley Smith, BoghallPrimary School, Bathgate

Dumfries & Galloway

First equals
Tamara Carnochan, Crossmichael Primary School
Tammy Davidson, Springholm Primary School

Runners up
Robert Grace, Springholm Primary School
Marsha Jamieson, Castle Douglas Primary School
Jeny Pow, Laurieknowe Primary School
Ruth Robertson, Crossmichael Primary School
Emma Snowdon, Sprngholm Primary School
Lyle Waters, Shawhead Primary School



James Clerk Maxwell Exhibition at Parton

Parton, near Castle Douglas in  Galloway, is close to Glenlair, the home of James Clerk Maxwell, his grave is at Parton Kirk. 
The exhibition is presented by Sam Callander

June 11th to 18th 2006 venue:  Parton Village Hall


Happy Birthday, James Clerk Maxwell!

What is light?  How can it travel through empty space?  Why does it never slow down?  How can you connect a phone without wires?  What are Saturn's rings made of?  And how did a 19th century Scotsman answer these questions just by thinking about them?

At the Royal Museum’s Summer Science Show, Professor Graeme Ackland of Edinburgh University gave an exciting lecture-demonstration, with audience participation, to celebrate the achievements of Scotland's greatest scientist from his schoolboy paper read to the Royal Society through his masterwork on electromagnetism to his early death on the threshold of discovering relativity.

Royal Museum Lecture Theatre, Chambers Street, Edinburgh Tuesday 20 June 2006  


James Clerk Maxwell Exhibition at his Birthplace

James Clerk Maxwell’s birthplace in Edinburgh, which contains many fascinating artifacts and JCM memorabilia, is normally open by appointment, but during the  weeks around the actual anniversary, and also during the Edinburgh Festivals, it was open for public viewing. 

It is also the home of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation.

Venue: 14 India Street, Edinburgh (click here for map)


Maxwell 150 Years On - the impact of his science

As well as the 175th anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell’s birth, 2006 marks the 150th anniversary of his appointment, at Marischal College, Aberdeen, to his first professorial post and his only Scottish chair.    (See Pictures of this event)

The University of Aberdeen held this meeting  with a programme of lectures on today's science in fields where Maxwell laid the foundations, a poster session and a final afternoon of public lectures on Maxwell's work and his place in the history and philosophy of science. The lectures were delivered by invited speakers, who are leading UK and international experts in the relevant fields.

For full details and further information please visit the event website at the University of Aberdeen.

Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September 2006



Opening of James Clerk Maxwell Centre
                                                     (Edinburgh Academy)

Clerk Maxwell was educated at  Edinburgh Academy and it is appropriate that in this anniversary year the school will benefit from a first class new science facility which bears the name of its illustrious former pupil.

The opening was performed by The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer.   Press coverage 

 (See Pictures of this event)

November 3rd
2006 - Edinburgh Academy

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"What's the Go o' That?"
Celebrating the Life and Work of James Clerk Maxwell

The University of Paisley, in partnership with the Institute of Physics in Scotland, will hold a day seminar to celebrate the life and work of James Clerk Maxwell.

Invited speakers will include Malcolm Longair, Basil Mahon, Keith Moffat and Paul Murdin

More information may be had from Dr Sandy Hutchison,
Centre for Academic and Professional Practice,
University of Paisley , Paisley PA1 2BE
Telephone: 0141 848 3830

Venue: P Block on the University of Paisley Campus
Saturday 16 December 2006  Time: 9.45 until 15.45

Basil Mahon will outline some of the key features of Maxwell's life to provide a context for subsequent speakers. 
Malcolm Longair will deal with the Maxwellian revolution – particularly in respect to heat, light, colour and electromagnetism. 
Keith Moffatt will aim to unravel the origins and some later developments of knot theory in relation to Maxwell's electrodynamics and equations for fluid flow. 
Paul Murdin will look at Maxwell's two sets of 'known unknowns' in astronomy, and how this has changed our perception of the Universe.

There will also be opportunities for the audience to participate in debating some of these fascinating issues.

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Keith Moffat

Paul Murdin


Maxwell's Rainbow

The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, in collaboration with the Digital Learning Foundation, is developing an exciting 3D MultiMedia Presentation of Maxwell’s key scientific discoveries.  This is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Digital Learning Foundation has announced a competition for groups of S1/S2 pupils, for further details.see: "What James Clerk Maxwell has done for us!"

The project will be launched in December 06 and will be presented publicly as well as in schools - watch this space!



James Clerk Maxwell Lectures in the USA

US residents may like to check on the program of lectures given by Dr James C Rautio