- Guggenheim Fellow (1966)
Malcolm Macfarlane began his academic career at IU Bloomington as a part-time visiting professor of physics in the College of Arts and Science in 1976. He was named director of the Nuclear Physics Center and reappointed as a professor of physics with tenure at IU in 1980, appointed to the Graduate School faculty in 1981, and retired from IU in 2003 with the titles of professor emeritus of physics and of the Nuclear Theory Center. Macfarlane obtained his M.A. from the University of Edinburgh before coming to the U.S. in 1956 to study at the University of Rochester, where he received a Ph.D. in physics in 1960. He did postdoctoral work at the Argonne National Laboratory and researching and teaching at the University of Rochester, at Argonne, and at the University of Chicago.
Macfarlane received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Physics in 1966 and was a visiting fellow at All Souls College in Oxford in 1966-1967. He also received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award in 1986 that allowed him to do research in Juelich, Germany, and mentor University of Bonn students during visits made over many years. He was a member of the American Physical Society, served on scientific advisory and review committees, and wrote physics articles for journals.
Macfarlane passed away on September 25, 2008.