G. Jordan Maclay
Jordan Maclay has had a lifelong curiosity in understanding the fundamental behavior of people, including himself, as well as the fundamental behavior of the physical world. His interest in self-exploration led to a study of psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and art. He is a quantum physicist by training, who has done seminal research in quantum energy and microsensors for four decades. During retirement he became a Blackbelt in Shaolin Kempo Karate and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
He wrote his first poem when he was 14 and has drawn, painted, and done sculpture for most of his life. A few of the many people whose work has influenced him include Irwin Schrodinger, Carl Jung, Carl Rodgers, Pantanjali, the Bhagavad-Gita, Paramahansa Yogananda, David Smith, Wassily Kandinsky, E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot, Mary Shelly, Thomas Beckett, James Joyce, his mom who regularly took him to the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and his third-grade art teacher Dante Radice.
He received his MS degree in physics from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and received his PhD in physics from Yale University in 1972. He held a post-doctoral position at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Illinois. He then worked for several years as a welder during the day to learn how to do metal sculpture and experience physical labor as opposed to intellectual labor, and taught physics at night at Roosevelt University in Chicago, enjoying this unique balance to his life. He then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he founded the Microfabrication Applications Laboratory and researched chemical microsensors and quantum energy fields for two decades until he retired and became an emeritus professor in 1998.
After retiring, he moved to the Wisconsin countryside with his family, and founded the research company Quantum Fields LLC, where he is Chief Scientist. He enjoyed creating these poems and art while living and doing research for 20 years in Wisconsin. He currently lives in Illinois. He believes in the importance of getting to know thyself daily, whoever you may be.