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Title: James Clerk Maxwell


1
James Clerk Maxwell
(1831-1879)
  • And the Big Four of Electromagnetism

2
The Earliest Years
  • Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • At two, always asked father toShow me how it
    doos.
  • Could recite Psalm 119 and large passages of
    Milton at eight.
  • Mother died of cancer that year.

3
This drawing by James cousin Jemima Wedderburn
depicts the obstinate Maxwell paddling a washtub
away from his tutor.
4
Maxwell was also a poet. This is an example of
his Christian faith is poetic form.
5
Studies and Positions
  • At 16, entered Edinburgh University
  • Cambridge University undergraduate
  • Moved to Trinity College to escape competition in
    Cambridge
  • Studied physics and philosophy
  • Professor of Natural Philosophy at Marischal
    College in Aberdeen

6
Studies and Positions (cont.)
  • Lost his job at Marischal when the two colleges
    in Aberdeen merged.
  • Had done many experiments and returned to his
    estate, correspondence, and travel.
  • Became the Laird of Glenair where he worked on
    his famous equations.
  • Predicted that electromagnetic waves travel at
    the speed of light in 1865.

7
Maxwells Equations
8
Other Accomplishments and Such
  • Made astronomical observations of electromagnetic
    wavelengths and radiation
  • Subscribed to Presbyterian belief that the chief
    end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him
    forever.
  • Proclaimed that all things were manufactured
    according to an intelligent plan
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