List of things named after James Clerk Maxwell

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This is a list of things named for James Clerk Maxwell.



Thermodynamics and kinetic theory[edit]

Solid mechanics[edit]



  • Maxwellian view, a method of illuminating the eye by focusing an image at the plane of the pupil[4]


  • Maxwell's Spot, a reddish spot seen in the centre of a visual field when a white surface is viewed through a dichroic filter transmitting red and blue lights. In 1856, Maxwell observed a dark spot in the blue region of a prismatic spectrum. The spot moved with his eye but disappeared upon looking elsewhere in the spectrum. He concluded that the spot was entoptic, being produced by a localized reduction of retinal illuminance that resulted from absorption of blue light by the yellow macular pigment, as the combined effects of the macular pigment and the distribution of short wavelength cones results in the fovea centralis having a lower sensitivity to blue light.


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  3. ^ "PIA09857: Maxwell's Namesake". JPL/NASA. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  4. ^ Leibowitz, Herschel (1954). "The Use and Calibration of the 'Maxwellian View' in Visual Instrumentation". The American Journal of Psychology. 67 (3): 530–532. JSTOR 1417947.
  5. ^ "The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope" (PDF). James Clerk Maxwell Foundation. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ "James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB)". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  7. ^ "James Clerk Maxwell". King's College London. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  8. ^ "'Dafty' genius honoured at last by his alma mater". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Maxwell Centre". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  10. ^ James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, accessed 15 Nov 2013.
  11. ^ IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, accessed 26 Nov 2013.
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