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Malcolm was a Churchill engineering undergraduate, graduating in 1967 with a leaning towards Civil Engineering. While pursuing research and teaching in both structures and soil mechanics at Manchester University he picked up the “bug” of centrifugal modelling from Andrew Schofield, assisting him in establishing the UK’s first geotechnical centrifuge in 1969. He returned to Cambridge in 1979 as a lecturer in the Department of Engineering and a Fellow at Churchill College, later becoming Professor of Soil Mechanics, Director of the Schofield Centre for Geotechnical Process and Construction Modelling, and Head of the Geotechnical and Environmental Group. He is an author of 250 publications covering both the fundamental mechanics of granular materials and a wide variety of civil engineering applications from pipelines to tunnels, from foundations to embankments, and from earthquake effects to landslide hazard reduction.