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MACFARLANE, Prof. Alan Donald James; son of Donald Kennedy Macfarlane (died 1976), and Iris, born Rhodes James.

Born 20 December 1941, in Assam, India.

Education: Dragon School, Sedbergh, Worcester College, Oxford (MA, D.Phil), L.S.E. (M.Phil.), SOAS (Ph.D.)

Married: 1st. 1966 (dissolved) Gillian Ions; 1 daughter (Katharine, born 1970); 2nd. 1981, Sarah Harrison, born Tarring.

Career:University of Cambridge: lecturer in social anthropology 1975-81, reader in historical anthropology 1981, professor of anthropological science 1991-2009; Emeritus Professor 2009 on; King's College, Cambridge: senior research fellow in history, 1971-74; Fellow 1981-2009; Life Fellow 2009 on.

Recreations: gardening, second-hand book hunting, walking, filming.

Recognition : Projects : Life : Explorations


Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England (1970)

The Family Life of Ralph Josselin (1970)

Resources and Population (1976)

The Diary of Ralph Josselin (1976) (editor)

Reconstructing Historical Communities (1977)

The Origins of English Individualism (1978)

The Justice and the Mare's Ale (1981)

A Guide to English Historical Records (1983)

Marriage and Love in England (1986)

The Culture of Capitalism (1987)

Julian Jacobs, The Nagas (1990) (collaborator)

Bernard Pignede, The Gurungs (1993) (co-editor and translator with Sarah Harrison)

The Savage Wars of Peace (1997)

The Riddle of the Modern World (2000)

The Making of the Modern World (2001)

The Glass Bathscaphe: How Glass Changed the World (2002) (with Gerry Martin)

Green Gold: The Empire of Tea (2003) (with Iris Macfarlane)

Letters to Lily (2005)

Japan Through the Looking Glass (2007)

Reflections on Cambridge (2009)

Dorset Days (2012)

Dragon Days (with Jamie Bruce Lockhart) (2012)

Invention of the Modern World: Wang Gouwei lectures (Chinese) (due 2013)