The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation was established in 1977 and is governed and administered according to the Law of Scotland. It is recognised as a Scottish Charity by HM Revenue and Customs (Registered Charity SC015003).
Please see our most recent Trustees Annual Report 2021
The Foundation has essentially two functions, one charitable and the other commemorative. Its general purposes are outlined in the first two items of the "Objects of the Charity" in its Deed of Declaration of Trust (updated 2021):
The foundation supports an annual set of charitable donations etc: The Edinburgh Academy prize, The University of Edinburgh studentship, McKinnon McNeil studentship, two Mathematics prizes, Philosophical Magazine prize and it supports an Edinburgh International Science Festival lecture. ...MORE
Dr Alan Walker, BSc, D.hc, FInstP, ARCS, MBE(Chair)
Mrs Catherine M Booth, MA, PgDip, DipMolSci (Secretary)
Prof Dugald B Duncan
Dr Isobel Falconer, BSc, MA, PhD, MBE
Dr Howie Firth, BSc, MUniv, DSc, MBE
David O Forfar, MA, FFA, MMath, DipStats, FSS, FIMA, CMath, FRSE
Prof Peter M Grant, OBE, HonDEng, FIET, LFIEEE, FREng, FRSE
Prof Martin Hendry, PhD, MBE, FInstP, FRSE
Dr Susan Hezlet
Dr David Kerridge, BSc, MA, PhD, MBE
Dr James Rautio, BSEE, MS, PhD, FIEEE, CFRSE
These are honorary positions that include former Trustees and others who are actively contributing to Maxwell's legacy.
Dr John Arthur, BSc, PhD, FInstP, FIET, SMIEE, FREng, FRSE
Dr Dick Dougal, BSc, PhD, CPhys, FInstP
Prof J Chris Eilbeck, BSc, PhD, FRSE
Prof Alastair Gillespie, BA, PhD, HonDSc, FRSE
Prof Catherine Heymans, FRSE
Prof Michael Kosterlitz, MA, FAPS, Nobel Prize for Physics 2016
Prof Malcolm Longair, BSc, MA, PhD, Hon LLD, FRS, FRSE, CBE
Prof Keith Moffatt, HonDSc, FRS, FRSE
Prof Roland A Paxton, MSc, PhD, HonDEng, CEng, FICE, AMCST, FRSE, MBE
Sir Roger Penrose, OM, FRS, Nobel Prize in Physics 2020
Prof Alan C. Shotter, BSc, ARCS, DPhil, CPhys, FInstP, FRSE
The charitable function of the Foundation was its only concern during the years 1977-93. Grants were made to senior scientists (professors) to attend meetings abroad and to junior scientists (graduates and undergraduates) to assist their studies or researches. As the Foundation is a modest one, these grants were not large, but even so were often essential for the purposes of the recipients. With the 1993 acquisition of the house in which Clerk Maxwell was born, in the New Town of Edinburgh, the work of the Foundation entered a new phase in which its commemorative function predominated.
A bronze plaque in the hallway of the house provides a brief history of the Foundation, it reads:
Instituted to promote education in the physical sciences THE JAMES CLERK MAXWELL FOUNDATION Was created in 1977 by the initiative and generosity of SYDNEY ROSS, Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., U.S.A. These premises were acquired by the foundation in 1993 Owing largely to the efforts of its director of development DAVID S. RITCHIE, M.A., F.R.S.E. Who enlisted the help of many donors Both institutional and private To further the educational aims of the foundation AND TO HONOUR JAMES CLERK MAXWELL Premier Scottish Scientist
Note: The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation was founded and initially funded by Sydney Ross, a native of Scotland, who was a resident of the United States.
Honorary Patron Professor Peter Higgs (left) with Professor David Ritchie, one of the founders of the JCM Foundation.
Donations will be gratefully acknowledged if sent to:
The Treasurer James Clerk Maxwell Foundation 14 India Street Edinburgh EH3 6EZ
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