India Street

James Clerk Maxwell Museum


James Clark Maxwell

14 India Street Edinburgh

James Clark Maxwell was born in 1831 at 14 India Street Edinburgh  and died in 1879. James Clerk Maxwell was one of the greatest scientists that ever lived.  He was the scientist  who discovered, the theory of electromagnetism.  He is named as the father of modern physics. He also made essential contributions to mathematics, astronomy and engineering. Radio, television, radar and communications, all derive from Maxwell's discovery. Albert Einstein said:

"The special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell's equations of the electromagnetic field”.

Ivan Tolstoy, in his biography of Maxwell, wrote:

“Maxwell's importance in the history of scientific thought is comparable to Einstein’s (whom he inspired)”.

James Clerk Maxwell Birthplace Edinburgh

James Clerk Maxwell Stone Tablet

Stone carved inscription on wall Tablet of James Clerk Maxwell's birth House, India Street Edinburgh. Inscription reads; James Clerk Maxwell Natural Philosopher born here 13 June 1831

James Clerk Maxwell Birthplace Plaque Ed

James Clerk Maxwell Museum

Brass Plaque at door of house James Clerk Maxwell was born in Edinburgh.

The inscription reads; Many of today's major technological advances are due to

James Clerk Maxwell 

who created the first full-colour photographic image and developed the theory of electromagnetic waves which made

mobile phones, radio, radar and GPS all possible

He is commemorated by a statue on George Square and

a small museum here at his birthplace.

One scientific epoch ended and another began with Maxwell 

                                                                                 - Albert Einstein 

James Clerk Maxwell brass Plaque Edinbur