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Honorary Patron: Professor Peter Higgs CH FRS FRSE

Please explore our website to find out more about this great Scottish physicist
and the Foundation which bears his name.

We have a wealth of information in the form of articles, video, audio, posters and other documents available in our Resources section as well as a picture gallery site.

We produce a Newsletter: Winter 2020 Newsletter (November 2020) and the Newsletter Archive
and support the The James Clerk Maxwell Early Career Writer's Prize

Tours of James Clerk Maxwell’s Birthplace: Our panoramic virtual tour allows viewers to see inside the restored house and view the exhibits in detail at their own pace. Unfortunately, real-life tours have been suspended since 16th March 2020 because of the public health crisis.


Please see our Annual Report for 2020

We are very sad to announce that John Reid passed away in February 2021. He was a physicist at Aberdeen University, a scholar of Maxwell's work and a JCMF Trustee from 2008 to 2020. Please see this tribute.

Also, that one of our founding members and Honorary President, David Ritchie, passed away in September 2020. Please see the tribute to David, celebrating his key role in setting up the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, in our Winter 2020 Newsletter.

Visitors to 14 India Street and Other Events

This shows: Brian Berg, IEEE Region 6 History Chair and Milestone Coordinator; Alex Magoun, outreach historian at the IEEE History Center; and Karen Galuchie, Executive Director of the IEEE Foundation. On 20 September 2019 this IEEE historical plaque on The Standardisation of the Ohm as the Unit of Electrical Resistance was received by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation.

Nobel Laureate James Watson (shown left) visited Maxwell's birthplace in September 2018
He was hosted by the chair of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, Professor Alastair Gillespie

This shows the unveiling of an identical IEEE Ohm plaque at the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow. L to R: Prof Peter Grant, foundation trustee who proposed this new historical plaque; Mike Hinchey, Chair of the IEEE UKRI Section; Robert Dent, Chair of the IEEE History Committee; and Prof Jose Moura, President of the IEEE - who performed the unveiling on 17 September 2019.

The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation (Registered Charity SC015003) was formed in Scotland in 1977 to honour  one of the greatest scientists who has ever lived: James Clerk Maxwell.

In 1993 the Foundation acquired James Clerk Maxwell's birthplace in Edinburgh (see brochure).  This elegant Georgian house, after period restoration, displays a growing collection of heritage material associated with James Clerk Maxwell, his associates and family circle.

The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation's objectives are:-

  • To provide in the birthplace an attractive and stimulating environment for the mathematicians, scientists and engineers
           from all over the world to meet in seminars, symposia, workshops and courses.
  • To display the history of Maxwell's family and his many technical advances, as a simple museum, within his birthplace.
  • To develop programmes to encourage young students to become  mathematicians, scientists and engineers. 
           Research and travel grants are made to young scientists.  James Clerk Maxwell prizes are awarded.
  • To increase public awareness of the foundations laid by James Clerk Maxwell for the increasingly pervasive
           technologies of today, e.g. through meetings, exhibitions,  lectures, and cultural events.

We welcome you to our web site and invite you to explore it, we hope that you will find something of interest about James Clerk Maxwell  - The person who changed everything.

Mark Lazarowicz, former Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith,
 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.

See this article about the statue, reproduced by kind permission of The Scotsman

2006 marked the 175th Anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell’s birth -
click here for further information about the special events held in his honour during Maxwell Year 2006.

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