Ten fun facts about James Clerk Maxwell

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Fact 1
James Clerk Maxwell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on the 13th of June 1831 and died on the 5th of November 1879.

Fact 2
He was an alumnus of the famous Edinburgh University and the University of Cambridge and also a professor at the Aberdeen University.

Fact 3
As a young boy, James Maxwell spent most of his time studying at home and performing various experiments.


Fact 4
He has been most renowned for drafting the electromagnetic theory, by bringing together a large number of equations, experiments and observations related to the concepts of electricity and magnetism.

Fact 5
James Clerk Maxwell has made numerous contributions in the field of color analysis, kinetic theory, thermodynamics and the creation of the first color photograph, are credited to Maxwell.

Fact 6
He formulated a set of equations, termed as 'Maxwell Equations' which detail the properties of electric and magnetic fields and also establish the fact that light is an electromagnetic wave.

Fact 7
Maxwell performed most of his research and experiments on the basis of work done by Michael Faraday.

Fact 8
His award winning essays include - 'On the Stability of Saturn's Rings’, which is a detailed description of the fact that, Saturn's ring is made up of a large amount of various small particles and is not a solid ring.

Fact 9
One of James Maxwell’s famous quotes goes by like this - “In every branch of knowledge the progress is proportional to the amount of facts on which to build, and therefore to the facility of obtaining data.”

Fact 10
‘A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism’, ‘On Physical Lines of Force’ and ‘A Dynamic Theory of the Electromagnetic Field’ are some of the papers which describe his great work.


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Was a mathematical and theoretical physicist of Scottish descent.

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