Malcolm Mackley graduated in Physics from the University of Leicester in 1969. He then obtained his PhD at Bristol University working in the field of Flow induced Polymer crystallization under the guidance of the late Sir Charles Frank and Andrew Keller. After a brief period as lecturer in Material Science at Sussex University he joined in 1979 the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Malcolm is a scientist an engineer and an inventor and his Polymer Fluids Group scientific contributions involved mainly rheology and polymer processing.
He is the inventor of a number of scientific apparatus and in terms of process innovation he has invented a novel chocolate extrusion process, a different way of mixing using oscillatory flow and a more recent plastic Microcapillary Film (MCF) that contains continuous arrays of 100 micron hollow capillaries.
He has lectured extensively at Cambridge in the fields of polymers and rheology and has given many conference presentations throughout the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College Cambridge.