James Clerk Maxwell: The founder of electrical engineering

Tapan K. Sarkar, Magdalena Salazar-Palma, Dipak L. Sengupta

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Abstract

The Electrical Engineering community makes profuse utilization of Maxwell's equations, his theory and their applications. It is arguable that very few of its members have clear ideas about what exactly Maxwell did and what kind of scientist he was. He developed most of the concepts of Electrical Engineering particularly those related to radio and broadcasting. However, he did not write the four equations that his name is attached to in all electromagnetic text books. In addition, and this is seldom recognized, he developed many of the fundamental ideas in Electrical Engineering and provided mathematical language for their exposition. To this end, the present essay provides a short but critical discussion of his original contributions in Electrical Engineering. It is hoped that this will provide the Electrical Engineering community readers with better and more complete appreciation of James Clerk Maxwell as a scientist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2nd Region 8 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications
Subtitle of host publicationA Century of Broadcasting, HISTELCON 2010 - Conference Proceedings
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2nd Region 8 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications: A Century of Broadcasting, HISTELCON 2010 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Nov 3 2010Nov 5 2010

Publication series

Name2nd Region 8 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications: A Century of Broadcasting, HISTELCON 2010 - Conference Proceedings

Other

Other2nd Region 8 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications: A Century of Broadcasting, HISTELCON 2010
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period11/3/1011/5/10

Keywords

  • Color Photograph
  • Color Vision
  • Control Theory
  • Information Theory
  • Kirchoff's Circuital Laws
  • Maxwell
  • Television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication

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    Sarkar, T. K., Salazar-Palma, M., & Sengupta, D. L. (2010). James Clerk Maxwell: The founder of electrical engineering. In 2nd Region 8 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications: A Century of Broadcasting, HISTELCON 2010 - Conference Proceedings [5735323] (2nd Region 8 IEEE Conference on the History of Telecommunications: A Century of Broadcasting, HISTELCON 2010 - Conference Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/HISTELCON.2010.5735323