John Maxwell Scott Maxwell

Biography of John Maxwell Scott Maxwell

John Maxwell Scott-Maxwell graduated with a BSc from the University on the 18th April 1904. He was born in Kelvinside, Glasgow, on the 10th October 1880. His father, John, worked as a Warehouseman, but was deceased by the time Scott-Maxwell first enrolled at the University in the 1900-1 session, aged 20. As his studies progressed, Scott-Maxwell elected to focus on Electrical Engineering, in his final year taking classes in Engineering Drawing, Electrical Engineering and Applied Higher Mathematics.

Upon graduating, Maxwell became an Electrical Engineer. He is listed in the Register of Members of the General Council as residing at Baillieston House, where he had also lived during his time at University. According to the obituary for John Maxwell Scott-Maxwell, published by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, he then moved to America, where he worked for about two years with the General Electric Co. in Schenectady. Returning to Glasgow, Scott-Maxwell decided to form his own company, and as such Electric Control Ltd. was established in 1908. In 1910, he married American playwright, author, and psychologist Florida Pier, who would publish such notable works as Women and Sometimes Men and The Measure of My Days. Scott-Maxwell served with the Royal Engineers during World War One, rising to the rank of Captain. You can view his Roll of Honour entry here

In 1927 John Maxwell Scott-Maxwell left Electric Control Ltd., and retired from the profession of Electrical Engineering. He then turned his attention to social theory and urban planning, publishing, in 1937, a booklet entitled The Housing Scheme as a Social Training Centre – Garrowhill Estate. He died on the 25th September, 1951, in Baillieston.


John Maxwell Scott Maxwell
Born 10 October 1880.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1904;
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 9th Oct 2018

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