James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79) was one of the most important scientists of the 19th Century. He laid the foundations for many of the scientific and technological advances which shape our world.
Follow the links below for information on tours of his birthplace at 14 India Street and other locations around Edinburgh associated with him. You can take the tours in person (on foot) or virtually.
He was born in this house at 14 India Street, Edinburgh in 1831 and the Foundation bought it in 1993.
This elegant Georgian house, after period restoration, displays a growing collection of scientific and personal heritage material associated with James Clerk Maxwell, his associates and family circle. ...MORE
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In person tours of the house can now restart, subject to some public health limitations.
Interactive virtual tours are always available on line.
The PDF brochure describes the contents of the house.
This tour covers a distance of approximately 3 miles (5km) in and around Edinburgh's town centre. It takes in the homes of James Clerk Maxwell and some of his closest friends and relatives, his school, university and the churches he attended, and other points of interest along the way.
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The on line tour uses Google Earth. Click the Present button there.
Maxwell's first job was at Marischal College in 1856 where he met his future wife. Later (1874) he set up the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge.