James Clerk Maxwell was  hailed as the No 1 Scientist in a National Library of Scotland poll, and the 4th most important topic in Scotland’s History by a BBC poll.

Scottish Parliament Debate on
James Clerk Maxwell
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Maxwell Year 2006 was  run under the auspices of an informal consortium of civic, university, learned society and educational bodies who planned a series of events during the year to bring Clerk Maxwell's little known achievements before young people and a wider general public.

Members of the consortium include:

The City of Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Academy
The University of Edinburgh
Heriot-Watt University
Institute of Physics
The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation
National Museums of Scotland
The Royal Society of Edinburgh