14 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ
Now home to a museum of his life and work, this was the childhood home of James Clerk Maxwell, famous for his revolutionary work on electromagnetism and the kinetic theory of gases. Maxwell was born here in 1831. His A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field (1865) demonstrated that both electric and magnetic fields and light travel through space as waves at the speed of light. This work laid the foundations for the invention of the radio. Clerk Maxwell’s was perhaps the most important contribution to theoretical physics between Newton and Einstein.
The house is now owned by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and my be visited by appointment.
Find out more
- National Library of Scotland, Scottish Science Hall of Fame: James Clerk Maxwell (1831â€“1879)
- BBC, History: James Clerk Maxwell
- James Clerk Maxwell Foundation: Who was James Clerk Maxwell?