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Welcome to the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation Website

James Clerk Maxwell with his colour wheel.

Please explore our website to find out more about James Clerk Maxwell, the great Scottish natural philosopher, and the activities of the JCM Foundation.

We have a wealth of information about Maxwell and his work with many articles, video documentaries, audio documentaries, posters and other documents available in our Resources section as well as a picture gallery site.

Please see below for information about our outreach activities and details of how to visit Maxwell's birthplace and locations around Edinburgh in person, or on-line.

ICIAM 2023 Maxwell Prize
Awarded to Weinan E for his seminal contributions to applied mathematics and in particular on analysis and application of machine learning algorithms, multi-scale modeling, the modeling of rare events and stochastic partial differential equations. The prize is part-funded by the JCM Foundation. Full details.
Cindy Pom's Newsthink channel has produced a video about Maxwell's life and work.
(YouTube, 11'23". Also contains some commercial advertising material at the start and end.)
14 India Street Tours every Tuesday. Next Saturday tour - 24th June 2023 at 2:30 pm
We normally offer tours of 14 India Street every Tuesday at 3pm and occasional tours on Saturdays. Please book ahead: booking details.
Feb 2023 - Newsletter No. 19 - Dark matter: a cosmic ghost story
July 2022 - Newsletter No. 18 - An introduction to black holes
June 2022 - Newsletter No. 17 - Some advances in pure mathematics in the 19th century

5 November 2022 - Parton Kirk. Talk by Martin Hendry, Scotland's Einstein: the life and legacy of James Clerk Maxwell. Details and Press Release.

24-25 September 2022 - Doors Open Day at 14 India Street, Edinburgh, Maxwell's birthplace. No booking required. Details.

13 June 2022 - James Clerk Maxwell's 191st anniversary

June 2022 - New Virtual Tour of Maxwell's UK Locations Launched

We have a new interactive version of a virtual tour of UK locations associated with Maxwell using Google Earth for the full 3D experience.

May 2022 - JCMF Trustees' Annual Report 2021

Recent Past Events

11 April 2022 - Edinburgh Science Festival Talk - Scotland's Einstein

Astronomer Royal Catherine Heymans and black hole hunter Martin Hendry join forces for a whistle stop tour through the life and legacy of Scotland's Einstein, James Clerk Maxwell. Details are here

10 March 2022 - Wigtown Book Festival - Scotland's Einstein

Lecture by Catherine Heymans, Scotland's Astronomer Royal and Martin Hendry, LIGO astronomer about Scotland's Einstein, James Clerk Maxwell. The lecture was given live from Maxwell's birthplace, 14 India Street, Edinburgh.
Recording on YouTube

Newspaper coverage included the Glasgow Herald and The National, and inspired a BBC Radio Scotland "Thought for the Day" (at 1:23:20 into the main morning news programme recording).

25 February 2022 - Spring Newsletter - Homage to Hertz (Part 2)

The second part of this article about Hertz is now available.

24 February 2022 - New Virtual Walking Tour of Maxwell's Edinburgh Launched

We have a new interactive version of the virtual "walking" tour using Google Earth for the full 3D experience.
Details are here

September 2021 - Orkney International Science Festival

On September 6th there are three lectures related to Maxwell

Details of the lectures can be found here.

All of the lectures will be available on YouTube on this OISF channel

14 India Street entrance hall.

He was born in this house at 14 India Street, Edinburgh in 1831 and the Foundation bought it in 1993.

This elegant Georgian house, after period restoration, displays a growing collection of scientific and personal heritage material associated with James Clerk Maxwell, his associates and family circle. ...MORE

Birthplace Tours In Person On Line On Paper (PDF)

In person tours of the house can now restart, subject to some public health limitations.
Interactive virtual tours are always available on line.
The PDF brochure describes the contents of the house.

Marischal College Aberdeen - panoramio
Marischal College Aberdeen

This new virtual tour of Maxwell related locations across the UK includes Glenlair, Aberdeen, London, and Cambridge.

Start the tour

It uses Google Earth. Click the Present button when it loads.

Maxwell statue on George Street Edinburgh

The Edinburgh tour covers a distance of approximately 3 miles (5km) in and around Edinburgh's town centre. It takes in the homes of James Clerk Maxwell and some of his closest friends and relatives, his school, university and the churches he attended, and other points of interest along the way.

Edinburgh Tours Walking On Line On Paper (PDF)

The on-line tour uses Google Earth. Click the Present button when it loads.

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