James Clerk Maxwell

1831 - 1879

James Clerk Maxwell

James Clerk Maxwell (13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879) was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together for the first time electricity, magnetism, and light as different manifestations of the same phenomenon. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Clerk Maxwell has received more than 2,854,060 page views. His biography is available in 120 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 9th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, James Clerk Maxwell ranks 9 out of 659Before him are Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Michael Faraday, Alessandro Volta, Niels Bohr, and Max Planck. After him are André-Marie Ampère, Pierre Curie, Ernest Rutherford, Henri Becquerel, James Prescott Joule, and Christiaan Huygens.

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Among people born in 1831, James Clerk Maxwell ranks 1After him are Sitting Bull, Frederick III, German Emperor, Helena Blavatsky, John Stith Pemberton, James A. Garfield, Xianfeng Emperor, Emperor Kōmei, Leo von Caprivi, Richard Dedekind, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, and Johann Martin Schleyer. Among people deceased in 1879, James Clerk Maxwell ranks 1After him are Bernadette Soubirous, Honoré Daumier, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Adolf Anderssen, Gottfried Semper, Albrecht von Roon, Thomas Couture, Charles De Coster, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Jón Sigurðsson.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Clerk Maxwell ranks 36 out of 5,347Before him are Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Alexander Fleming (1881), Daniel Defoe (1660), David Hume (1711), Mary I of England (1516), and Jane Austen (1775). After him are Thomas More (1478), Lord Byron (1788), Bertrand Russell (1872), Anne Boleyn (1501), Francis Drake (1540), and William Wallace (1270).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, James Clerk Maxwell ranks 4Before him are Isaac Newton (1643), Stephen Hawking (1942), and Michael Faraday (1791). After him are James Prescott Joule (1818), Robert Hooke (1635), J. J. Thomson (1856), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Paul Dirac (1902), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), and William Gilbert (1544).