The History of Leith

November 25, 2008

LOCAL MP’s PARLIAMENTARY TRIBUTE TO GREAT SCOTTISH SCIENTIST, JAMES CLERK MAXWELL

MARK LAZAROWICZ MP

Labour MP for Edinburgh North & Leith

PRESS STATEMENT

25.11.2008

For immediate release

LOCAL MP’s PARLIAMENTARY TRIBUTE TO GREAT SCOTTISH SCIENTIST, JAMES CLERK MAXWELL

Mark Lazarowicz MP, Member of Parliament, has introduced a Parliamentary Motion paying tribute to the unveiling of a new statute to the great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell.

Mark’s Parliamentary Motion praises this recognition of Maxwell and pays tribute to Maxwell as one of the most influential scientists of all time, acknowledging his work in laying the foundations for the radio, television and the mobile phone.

The statute, produced by Alexander Stoddart, will be unveiled on Tuesday (25 November) in George Street, Edinburgh, by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Mark said: “Maxwell was born in India Street, Stockbridge, which lies in my constituency, and this statute is an important step in recognising the massive contribution Maxwell made in paving the way for our modern, technological society. I want to congratulate the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the many donors who made the monument possible and I hope the unveiling of this statute will inspire new generations to follow in Maxwell’s footsteps”.

Mark previously led a Parliamentary tribute in 2006 honouring Maxwell and his achievements, on the 175th Anniversary of the scientist’s birth in India Street, Stockbridge.

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For further comment and information please contact the office of Mark Lazarowicz MP on 020 7219 8222.

Full text of Parliamentary motion: That this House welcomes the unveiling of a statute to the great Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell, taking place in George Street, Edinburgh on 25 November 2008; recognises that Clerk Maxwell is one of the most influential scientists of all time, his discovery of the nature of electromagnetic waves paving the way for radio, television, radar and the mobile telephone; congratulates the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the many donors who made the monument possible; believes it is right there should be public recognition of the achievements of Clerk Maxwell in the city of his birth, and hopes that wider appreciation of the works of great Scottish scientists and engineers will inspire new generations to seek to follow in their footsteps.

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