Marjorie Duckworth Malina

Marjorie Duckworth Malina was born 28 April 1918 in Elslack, Yorkshire, England. The daughter of John James Duckworth and Mary Anne Bolton, she was the youngest of four; her sisters were Thyra, Annie and Mary Duckworth. She attended the University of London, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1939. She trained in accountancy while working in her father's textile company, JJ Duckworth Ltd. During World War II she served in the Women's Auxiliary Corps, reaching the rank of captain, and with the antiaircraft batteries operated by women that helped defend Britain during the war.

Shortly after the war she applied to work at UNESCO, a newly founded organization, after hearing a radio broadcast by Julian Huxley, and was hired in the personnel department in 1947. There she met Frank Malina, then Deputy Director for Science of UNESCO, and they married in 1949. Frank and Marjorie bought a house in Boulogne Billancourt, (http://www.olats.org/pionniers/malina/divers/historyHouse.php ) and raised two sons, Roger and Alan. The Malina home was the birthplace of the journal Leonardo and Network and a center of art-science debate in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s. It was also the studio where Frank Malina worked as a pioneer in the kinetic art movement. The steady flow of guests and visitors included astronautical pioneers, artists and scholars including Jacob Bronowski, Frank Popper, Academician Sedov, Roy Ascott and Leonardo editorial board members. Numerous friends and colleagues enjoyed the hospitality of Marjorie Duckworth Malina. She worked tirelessly for the success of the Leonardo project and was an ardent defender of the ideals of international collaboration. Marjorie passed away in March 2006.

In honor of Marjorie Duckworth Malina, Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology has begun the Marjorie Duckworth Malina Fund in support of of the Leonardo special project on Smart Textiles and New Textiles Technology. For more information, visit the special project pages at: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/journal/calls/smartextiles_call.html.

Updated 7 March 2012