IOP sponsored blue plaque unveiled in Aberdeen to honour James Clerk Maxwell

5 April 2017

The plaque was unveiled on Wednesday 15 March by the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Professor John Brown.

Professor Peter Higgs, Nobel Prize laureate and Honorary Patron of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, was also present at the unveiling. He said: "I am pleased to see this tribute in Aberdeen to James Clerk Maxwell whose endeavours in so many areas of physics has contributed so much to our present day understanding of the way in which nature behaves." 

The ceremony also included a historical perspective of Maxwell's legacy and a scientific tour, both offered by Dr John Reid, from University of Aberdeen. Dr Reid described Maxwell's work as "a brilliant example of how curiosity driven research produces knowledge that benefits society, not only for decades but for centuries afterwards." 

The plaque was unveiled at Marischal Square but will be permanently placed outside the 129-131 Union Street building in which Maxwell lived.