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The IEEE/Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) James Clerk Maxwell Medal, established in 2006, is named in honor of the 19th century Scottish mathematician and physicist, James Clerk Maxwell. Maxwell laid the foundations of electromagnetic wave theory, radio propagation, microwave techniques, and radio communications.

Presented to: An individual, team, or multiple recipients up to two in number

Scope: For groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering, or related fields

Prize: The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate, and honorarium.

Basis for Judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: ground-breaking contributions with exceptional impact on the profession and the betterment of society, and significant technical and other achievements as evidenced by publications, patents, significant products, and other evidence, and quality of nomination.

Nomination deadline: 1 July

Notification: Recipients are typically approved during the November IEEE Board of Directors meeting. Recipients and their nominators will be notified following the meeting. Subsequently, the nominators of unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the status of their nomination.

Presentations: IEEE Honors Ceremony and The Royal Society of Edinburgh's Royal Medals ceremony

Funder: Cirrus Logic, Inc.

Cirrus Logic, Inc.


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Award committee members

  • David Wallace, Chair
  • David Messerschmitt, Past Chair
  • Mary Jane Irwin
  • Sadahiko Kano
  • Fumitaka Ono
  • Sergios Theodoridis
  • Andrew Walker
  • Ian Bryden
  • Johannes Huber


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