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The James Clerk Maxwell Early Career Writer's Prize


James Clerk Maxwell began writing scientific papers when he was a teenager. His first paper on "On the description of oval curves, and those having a plurality of foci " was read for him at the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Professor James Forbes, who later became his teacher in Natural Philosophy when he enrolled in the University of Edinburgh. The encouragement of the young Maxwell by those already in the profession stimulated Maxwell to aspire to pursue a career in Natural Philosophy that combined research and teaching. Throughout that career Maxwell's scientific papers covering a wide range of topics at the forefront of his subjects were characterised by thoroughness, lucidity and the thoughtful use of clear language. The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation in underwriting the international early carreer writer's prize is taking the lead set by Maxwell's contemporaries of encouraging young scientifc authors. The Foundation is very pleased to offer the annual prize of $1000 and certificate, in conjunction with Taylor & Francis, publishers of Philosophical Magazine and Philosophical Magazine Letters. Maxwell himself published ground-breaking papers in 'Phil. Mag.' on colour perception, the dynamical theory of gases, electricity and magnetism, statics, govenors and 'on hills and dales'. Additional certificates will be awarded by the publishers for papers judged as highly commended.

Conditions, etc.

Potential applicants are referred to Taylor and FrancisJames Clerk Maxwell Early Career Writer's Prize web page for an application form and access to the winning papers since the award was inaugurated in 2008. In brief, eligible nominees are those who were studying for, or had completed, a PhD (or equivalent) within the two years prior to the publication date of their article. Nominees are required to explain their contribution within a multi-author paper and have the support of either the senior co-author or their PhD supervisor. The deadline for submission to be considered in the current year is 31st December. The decision of the Taylor & Francis editors is final. The Prize is presented by the Editor of the Philosophical Magazine at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society.

Past winners

For his research James Clerk Maxwell won the Adams Prize from Cambridge, the Rumford Medal from the Royal Society of London and the Keith Prize from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. These prizes enhanced his standing among his contemporaries and we hope that the  will also help our winners establish a succesful career in science. The Taylor and Francis James Clerk Maxwell Early Career Writer's Prize web page includes details of the highly commended authors and papers.








Ryan Sills

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

R. B. Sills
W. Cai

Solute drag on perfect and extended dislocations

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 96 Issue 10
 Pages 895-921


Marion Fourmeau

Stiftelsen SINTEF,
Trondheim, Norway

M. Fourmeau
C.D. Marioara
T. BÝrvik
A. Benallal

A study of the influence of precipitate-free zones on the strain localization and failure of the aluminium alloy AA7075-T651

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 95 Issue28-30
Pages 3278-3304


Alexandros Aperis

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden

P. Kotetesa
A. Aperis
G. Varelogiannis

Magnetic-field-induced chiral hidden order in URu2Si2

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 94 Issue 32-33
Pages 3789-3802


Niaz Abdolrahim

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Niaz Abdolrahim,
David F. Bahr,
Benjamin Revard,
Cassandra Reilly,
Jia Ye, T.
John Balk
Hussein M. Zbib

The mechanical response of core-shell structures for nanoporous metallic materials

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 93 Issue 7
Pages 736 - 748


Keith Chan

Center for Magnetic Recording Research,
University of California-
San Diego, USA

Keith T. Chan,
Jimmy J. Kan,
Christopher Doran,
 Lu Ouyang

Controlled growth behavior of chemical vapor deposited Ni nanostructures

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 92 Issue 17
Pages 2173 - 2186


Srikanth Patala

Northwestern University, USA

S. Patala,
C.A. Schuh

Application of operator-scaling anisotropic random fields to binary mixtures

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 91 Issue 10
Pages 1489 - 1508


Julian J. Rimoli

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (formerly of  California Institute of Technology)

J. J. Rimoli,
M. Ortiz

A three-dimensional multiscale model of intergranular hydrogen-assisted cracking

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 90 Issue 21
Pages 2939 – 2963


Giovanni Bonny

Nuclear Materials Science Institute, SCK-CEN, Belgium

G. Bonny,
R. C. Pasianot,
L. Malerba

Fitting interatomic potentials consistent with thermodynamics: Fe, Cu, Ni and their alloys

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 89 Issue 34
Pages 3451 – 3464


Ai Leen Koh

Stanford University, USA

A.L. Koh, W. Hu,
R.J. Wilson,
S.X. Wang,
R. Sinclair

Preparation, structural and magnetic characterization of synthetic anti-ferromagnetic (SAF) nanoparticles

Philosophical Magazine
Volume 88 issue 36
Pages 4225-4241

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