James C. Rautio

James C. Rautio


Sonnet Software, Inc., 100 Elmwood David Road, North Syracuse

NY 13212, USA


  • 2001, Microwave Application Award, Past Awardees**
  • 2014, Distinguished Service Award, Past Awardees**
  • 2019, Microwave Career Award, Past Awardees**
  • Chair, Exhibition Liaison Working Group, IMS Executive Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Member, TC-2 DESIGN AUTOMATION, Technical Committees**
  • Member, Subcommittee: Marketing, Branding and Communications, Marketing and Communications Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Member, NEMO ExCom, Meetings and Symposia Committee, Standing Committees**
  • Member (voting), Awards Committee, Standing Committees**



The Life of James Clerk Maxwell

James Clerk Maxwell stands shoulder to shoulder with Newton and Einstein, yet even those of us who have spent decades working with Maxwell’s equations are almost totally unfamiliar with his life and times. This presentation, from the viewpoint of a microwave engineer, draws on many sources in providing an understanding of James Maxwell himself. What was Maxwell like as an infant? What was the tragedy at eight years old that profoundly influenced his life? What unique means of transportation did young Maxwell use to escape a cruel tutor? What memorable event occurred on his first day of school? When did he publish his first papers, and what were they about? What did Maxwell have to do with the rings of Saturn? Why did he lose his job as a professor? Why did he have a hard time getting another job? What was his wife like? What is Maxwell’s legacy to us? The answers to these questions provide insight into Maxwell the person and add an extra dimension to those four simple equations we have studied ever since.

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