James Clerk Maxwell the 19th century scientific genius- by Peter Grant OBE


The first  of 3 talks with James Clerk Maxwell Foundation


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Wednesday October 18th – 6-30pm- 14 India Street

Moray Talks continue in partnership  with James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

 James Clerk Maxwell the 19th century scientific genius- by Peter Grant OBE

Maxwell J C As A Young Man
Maxwell J C As A Young Man

This presentation introduces James Clerk Maxwell, born in 1831, the most important scientist in the era between Newton and Einstein. First, we explore Maxwell’s family background and his inquisitive childhood before introducing several of his many scientific advances starting with his work on oval curves when he was only 14 years old and his later prediction of the form and nature of Saturn’s rings. The presentation then concentrates on his two major advances: colour reproduction and his set of 20 equations on the “Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field”, providing the first theory governing electromagnetic wave generation which is so important in today’s world. Maxwell’s legacy is commemorated at his former family estate, Glenlair, and the small museum in his birthplace, 14 India Street, Edinburgh.

Ticket holders will also get the chance to visit the museum.


Speaker- Peter Grant

Following 5 years in industry he moved to the University of Edinburgh serving as the first head of the School of Engineering, 2002-08. In 2007 he was appointed as the 8th Regius Professor of Engineering at Edinburgh and later received an OBE.  His research in signal processing for communication systems, has received several best paper prizes, culminating in the 82nd (2004) Faraday Medal award by the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

He holds Fellowships of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Peter has been awarded three honorary Doctorates from the Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh Napier and the University of Edinburgh and was a Trustee of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, 2008-2022.