James Clerk Maxwell 150 years on

John S. Reid, Charles H. -T. Wang, J. Michael T. Thompson

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This paper is the preface to a special Issue of Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A reporting selected proceedings of the international conference marking the 150th anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell's professorial debut at Marischal College, Aberdeen. Following an introduction to Marischal College, a brief historical note summarizes Maxwell's life prior to his entering the college as professor of natural philosophy. The preface provides a short summary of the event and overviews the contributed papers devoted to subjects covering a wide range of Maxwell's research interests and their modern developments. The mixture of review and research papers reflects both the fundamental importance and the diverse applicability of Maxwell's works in electromagnetics, colour science, dynamics and kinetics. Acknowledgements are given to the individuals and bodies who made the conference the success that it was.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1651-1659
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences
Issue number1871
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2008


  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • history of science
  • Saturn's rings
  • colour science
  • electromagnetics
  • relativity


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