From 1860 to 1865 the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell was a professor at King's College London. One hundred and fifty years later, we are celebrating his time at the College and the discoveries he made during this period.
Although Maxwell is not well-known now, his biographer Basil Mahon called him 'The Man Who Changed Everything', and Albert Einstein said that 'One scientific epoch ended and another began with James Clerk Maxwell'. He was arguably the greatest physicist of the 19th century.
In 1861 he published the first of his papers on electromagnetism, and as part of his work on understanding colour, demonstrated the first colour photograph. We will celebrate these achievements with a series of lunchtime talks (see listing to the left for details) looking at colour in various disciplines and an evening event on the 17th of May re-creating the original colour photograph demonstration.
All talks will be held in King's restored Anatomy Theatre and Museum. All are welcome to attend.
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