Professor Malcolm Mackley retired from the department on 30 September 2011, though he will continue to work as a Voluntary Research Associate (VRA). Over the years, he has taught countless undergraduates and supervised and mentored many PhD students and postdocs. Malcolm’s research interests are incredibly broad, encompassing pure science, pragmatic engineering and innovation; they include, amongst other topics, fluid mechanics, rheology, membranes, microreactors and alternative fuels. His inventions reflect this broad nature, from commercially-available rheological tools to techniques for shape-forming chocolate.
Prof Mackley has been a key figure in the British Society of Rheology for many years and has been its President, He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2003 and in 2002 he was awarded the British Society of Rheology Annual award for his work on the rheology and processing of polymer molecules. He has also been Deputy Warden of Robinson College. There is a longer article on Prof Mackley in the May 2011 edition of CEB Focus.
On Wednesday, 9 March 2011 Professor Mackley gave a seminar entitled “Inventing apparatus and processes” and demonstrated his "bendy" chocolate. He described himself as a scientist, engineer and inventor, and he is also now an author.
Prof Mackley gave his final lecture to undergraduates on Tuesday, 15th March and there was a retirement lunch in Sidney Sussex College on Friday 7 October 2011. He was presented with a Cambridge University Decanter, which he hopes to use for many years to come and some fine Cognac which he says will not last nearly so long.