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Milestones:Maxwell's Equations, 1860-1871

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Maxwell’s Equations, 1860-1871

Between 1860 and 1871, at his family home Glenlair and at King’s College London, where he was Professor of Natural Philosophy, James Clerk Maxwell conceived and developed his unified theory of electricity, magnetism and light. A cornerstone of classical physics, the Theory of Electromagnetism is summarized in four key equations that now bear his name. Maxwell’s equations today underpin all modern information and communication technologies.

Image:Maxwell_equations.jpg  The plaques may be visited at

Glenlair,                                                             King’s Building,
Knockvennie,                                                      Strand Campus,
Castle Douglas,                                                  King's College London,
Kirkcudbrightshire,                                               London WC2R 2LS
DG7 3DF UK
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