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James Clerk Maxwell Monument

Located at the east end of George Street in Edinburgh's New Town, this statue commemorates the mathematician and physicist James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79), noted for his work in electro-magnetism, gaining an international reputation and becoming one of Scotland's most important scientists. Unveiled in 2008 at a cost of £300,000, the statue was the work of sculptor Alexander Stoddart (b.1959) and was sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Comprising a bronze statue on a sandstone plinth, the monument depicts a seated Clerk Maxwell facing west, with his back to St. Andrew Square. This was the first statue to be erected on George Street in 100 years. The RSE had initiated the project in 2006, the 175th anniversary of Clerk Maxwell's birth, and received donations from around the globe.


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