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Born: December 14, 1954 in Ottawa, Canada
MacLean attended Merivale High School in Nepean,
Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1977 and a
doctorate in physics in 1983 from York University in Toronto. In 1977, he
received the President's Award at York University (Murray G. Ross Award). He is
a recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council post graduate
scholarship in 1980, two Ontario graduate scholarships, one in 1981 and the
other in 1982, and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
postdoctoral fellowship in 1983.
He is an honorary fellow of Norman
Bethune College of York University and president of the board of directors for
the Mont Megantic Observatory project.
From 1974 to 1976, MacLean
worked in sports administration and public relations at York University. From
1976 to 1977, he was a member of the Canadian National gymnastics team. He
taught part-time at York University from 1980 to 1983. In 1983, he became a
visiting scholar at Stanford University under Nobel Laureate Arthur Leonard
Schawlow. He is a laser-physicist, and his research has included work on
electro-optics, laser-induced fluorescence of particles and crystals and
multi-photon laser spectroscopy.