James Clerk Maxwell

David Nightingale: James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

Feb 2, 2014
James Clerk Maxwell
By Fergus of Greenock via Wikimedia Commons

Every moment of every day, worldwide, we all  realize one of the profound predictions of James Clerk Maxwell – which was that something called radio waves, traveling at the same speed as that of light, must exist.

There've been other profound predictions in science of course – for example, astronomer Le Verrier's prediction about where to find the planet Neptune.

But this little essay is about a man who was initially called 'Dafty' at school – born in Scotland in 1831, and who lived for only 48 years.