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Arlene Maclin

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Take care of yourself.

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1945
Birth Location:
Rawlings, Virginia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Take care of yourself.

Birthplace

Born:
6/7/1945
Birth Location:
Rawlings
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Biography

Physicist and education administrator Arlene P. Maclin was born in Brunswick County, Virginia on June 7, 1945 to parents Otis Armstead and Alice Matthews Maclin. Maclin attended Hickory Run Elementary School and Rawlings Elementary School, and graduated from James Solomon High School in 1963. Upon graduation, Maclin enrolled at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, where she graduated with her B.S. degree in engineering physics in 1967. Maclin went on to earn her M.S. degree in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Virginia in 1971, and her Ph.D. degree in theoretical solid state physics from Howard University in 1974.

Throughout her career, Maclin has served as a researcher and educational administrator for several major institutions. She served as a research physicist at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and as a visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 1980, Maclin was appointed program director for the National Science Foundation, and from 1981 to 1983, she was the Senior Applied Research Physicist at the Central Intelligence Agency. Her academic service includes more than fifteen years of teaching at the levels of associate and full professors, and with administrative experience at the level of associate dean and director or of research. From 2002 to 2009, Maclin served as professor of optical engineering and director of the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at Norfolk State University, where she received research grants totaling $10 million and developed graduate programs in optical engineering and electronics engineering. In 2011, Maclin was appointed as the executive director of the MAC-CAE Program and adjunct professor of physics at Morgan State University.

Maclin is a member of American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Materials Research Society. She served as the primary program staff for the Materials Science and Engineering Report and the International Survey of Atomic and Molecular Science, which were published by the National Research Council. For her many contributions and accomplishments, Maclin was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Black American, International Who’s Who of Women, and Who’s Who in America.

Arlene Maclin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers in January 14, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Arlene Maclin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin talks about Brunswick Stew
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin talks about her mother's interest in plants
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Arlene Maclin describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Arlene Maclin talks about her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin talks about her childhood and being born with clubbed feet
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin describes her childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin talks about being teased as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Arlene Maclin describes playing games with her nieces and nephews
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Arlene Maclin describes her early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin talks about her seventh grade teacher, Maude Mays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin talks about her interest in books, radio and television growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin talks about James Solomon Russell High School and the plight of African Americans during the 50s and 60s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin talks about her family's food growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin describes her family's involvement in church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin describes her experience at James Solomon Russell High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Arlene Maclin talks about her math and science education at James Solomon Russell High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Arlene Maclin describes the racial climate of Brunswick County, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin describes her extracurricular activities at James Solomon Russel High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin describes her interest in Bennett College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin talks about Alexander "Buddy" Gardner (part 1)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin talks about North Carolina A&T University and the physics college bowl
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin talks about Alexander "Buddy" Gardner (part 2)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin describes her experience at the University of Munich
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin describes her experience in Munich, Germany
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin talks about her senior year and graduation from college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin talks about her Ford Foundation Post-baccalaureate Fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin talks about reactions to Dr. King's assassination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin describes her experience at the University of Virginia (part 1)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin describes her experience at the University of Virginia (part 2)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Arlene Maclin describes her teaching experience at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Arlene Maclin describes her doctoral research on liquid metals
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin talks about her Lincoln Labs colleague, Alex Animalu
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin describes her work as Associate Dean at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin describes her work with the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin describes her work with the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin describes her experience in Japan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin describes how she inspired Horst Stormer to resume research on high speed devices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin talks about Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin compares U.S. funding of science to that of other countries
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin describes her work at Oak Ridge National Laboratories
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin describes her work at the National Research Council
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin describes her experience as a Howard University professor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Arlene Maclin talks about her decision to move to Hampton University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Arlene Maclin talks about other scientists from Virginia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Arlene Maclin's interview (part 2)
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin talks about her work at the NASA Langley Research Center
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin talks about her work on optics at Hampton University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin talks about her work at Mnemonic Systems
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin talks about her return to Howard University as a technical consultant
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin talks about Y-2K
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Arlene Maclin describes her work at Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Arlene Maclin talks about the lack of female minority physics professors
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin describes her efforts to encourage minority students to pursue careers in science
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin talks about her professional collaborations with Camilla Opodu
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin talks about her experience in Nigeria
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Arlene Maclin talks about the Mid-Atlantic Consortium Center for Academic Excellence
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Arlene Maclin talks about her mentorship of African American students and reflects on her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Arlene Maclin reflects on her career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Arlene Maclin shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Arlene Maclin talks about her future plans
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Arlene Maclin talks about the importance of faculty research
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Arlene Maclin talks about her husband
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Arlene Maclin tells how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Arlene Maclin describes her photos