Edinburgh has been associated with a fair number of famous individuals in the fields of science and engineering.
Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, James Hutton (‘Father of Geology’), John Napier (inventor of logarithms), are but a few.
James Clerk Maxwell, founder of the modern theory of electromagnetism, was born at No. 14 India Street in 1831 and educated at the University. This 1831-1832 directory verifies the residence of his father John at that time.
The Post Office Annual Directory for 1831-32: Containing an Alphabetical List of the Nobility, Gentry, Merchants and Others, in Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven. Edinburgh: Printed for the Letter-carriers of the General Post Office, by Ballentyne, 1831.