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About the James Clerk Maxwell Statue


The statue is at the East end of George Street in Edinburgh. If you are standing beside it reading this on your phone, then please look out for traffic. On the statue itself, look out for his dog at his feet, the colour wheel in his hands and the side panels depicting Newton's experiments with light and prisms and Einstein holding a rubber-mat model of warped space-time.



It was unveiled on 25th November 2008. Sculpted by Alexander Stoddart, Her Majesty's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland. For more information on the statue, please see articles by Prof. Duncan Macmillan and James Rautio.

Photographs © James Rautio.

Mark Lazarowicz, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith at the time, tabled Early Day Motion 2554 (Session 07-08) in the UK Parliament as follows:

That this House welcomes the unveiling of a statue to the great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell, taking place in George Street, Edinburgh on 25th November 2008; recognises that Clerk Maxwell is one of the most influential scientists of all time, his discovery of the nature of electromagnetic waves paving the way for radio, television, radar and the mobile telephone; congratulates the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the many donors who made the monument possible; believes it is right there should be public recognition of the achievements of Clerk Maxwell in the city of his birth; and hopes that wider appreciation of the works of great Scottish scientists and engineers will inspire new generations to seek to follow in their footsteps.

Courtesy of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

25th November 2008, a crowd gathered around the statue of JCM in George Street, Edinburgh following the unveiling.

See this article about the statue from 5 December 2008, reproduced by kind permission of The Scotsman.

The JCM Foundation is a charity formed in Scotland in 1977. (Registered Charity SC015003)
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