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  • 1992-1996 (Creation)

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1 file

Scope and content

Text of address given by Professor Cyril Domb at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate James Clerk Maxwell at King's College London , 24 Jun 1996; printed leaflet relating to the James Clerk Maxwell Birthplace in Edinburgh, [1992]; photocopy of Examination Papers written by Clerk Maxwell for Smith's Prizes at Cambridge University in Jan 1879, [1992-1996]; photocopies of articles relating to Clerk Maxwell, notably 'The origins of the Clerk (Maxwell) genius' by D O Forfar in the Bulletin of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, 'James Clerk Maxwell: maker of waves', based on a talk given by Forfar at a conference held at the Royal Society of Scotland on Scotland's mathematical heritage, Jul 1995, and 'Ordering the foundations', by David S Ritchie in Natural Science .

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1 file

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Name of creator

Biographical history

The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation was launched in 1977 to promote research and education in science and technology. In 1992 the Foundation bought the birthplace of James Clerk Maxwell in Edinburgh, sharing the cost with ICMS (International Centre for Mathematical Sciences), formed by a consortium of Scottish Universities.

Custodial history

The collection was given to the Principal by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation when the commemorative plaque to Maxwell was unveiled at King's College London in Jun 1996. The collection was deposited in the College Archives by Julie Thomas, Principal's Office, in Aug 1996.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

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Off-campus collection

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Related materials

King's College London College Archives holds notebooks of Maxwell on mechanics and related papers (Ref: K/PP71), and further entries relating to Maxwell's career in King's College Council Minutes (Ref: KA/C/M), In-Correspondence (Ref: K/IC), photographs (Ref: K/PHOTO), and King's College Maxwell Society papers (Ref: KSM).

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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