James Clerk Maxwell
Propagation at the speed of light (3.0E8)
Blue, green, and red are the components of color
Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution for kinetic energy of gases
His Contributions to Physics
He discovered that the propagation of electromagnetic waves was approximately the speed of light. He created the foundation of color photography by taking 3 black and white photographs and putting them in red, green, and blue filters and when all 3 transparent prints of the images were put together, the result would be the reproduction of the color of the scene that would be seen with the human eye. For thermodynamics, he developed a theory of the distributions of velocities in particles of gas and is shown in a Maxwell-Boltzmann diagram that gives the fractions of gas molecules moving at a specified velocity at any given temperature. Maxwell's work has influenced modern science in that his discoveries paved the way for the fields of special relativity and quantum mechanics.