Christine Maxwell

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Christine Maxwell
Christine Maxwell.jpg
Born (1950-08-16) 16 August 1950 (age 69)
ResidenceDallas, Texas
EducationPitzer College
University of Texas at Dallas
RelativesIsabel Maxwell (twin sister)
Ghislaine Maxwell
Kevin Maxwell (brother)
Ian Maxwell (brother)

Christine Maxwell (born 16 August 1950) is an Internet content pioneer and educator, best known as the creator and co-founder of Magellan. Maxwell also co-founded the software company Chiliad and is the author of several books. She is the Program Manager of Learning Technologies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Early life[edit]

Christine Maxwell is the daughter of Elisabeth Maxwell, a French-born Holocaust scholar and Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born British media proprietor. She was born in Maisons Laffitte, France on August 16, 1950. Her father was Jewish and her mother was of Huguenot descent. One of nine children, siblings include her twin sister Isabel Maxwell, brothers Kevin Maxwell and Ian Maxwell, and younger sister Ghislaine Maxwell. Her mother stated that all of her children were brought up Anglican.[1] In 1960, her family resided at Headington Hill Hall where the offices to Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press were also located.

After completing her high schooling at Milham Ford Grammar School in Oxford, England in 1969, she entered Pitzer College, Claremont, California, from which she received the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Latin American Studies and Sociology in May 1972.

In September 1973 she entered Lady Spencer Churchill College of Education near Oxford. She graduated in June 1974 with a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate.



From September 1974 to June 1976 Maxwell worked as a middle school teacher at Shepherd's Hill Middle School in Blackbird Leys, Oxford.

Maxwell earned a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Maxwell was an Editor for Pergamon Press Publishers in the early 1970s.

In the late 70s, she became a school editor for A. Wheaton & Company in Exeter, England. Maxwell is the author of The Pergamon Dictionary of Perfect Spelling[2] first published by Pergamon Press Ltd. in 1977. The book became an international best seller, proving valuable for dyslexic learners. Maxwell's book has been republished several times: in 2005 under the title Dictionary of Perfect Spelling by Barrington Stoke Publishers, in 2007 under the title Spell it Right by Berlitz, and most recently as the School Spelling Dictionary in 2012 by Barrington Stoke.

Information technology[edit]

Maxwell is the creator and co-founder of Magellan, one of the first professionally curated online search/reference guides to Internet content.[3][4] In 1992 she created and co-authored one of the first hard copy reference guides to the Internet: New Riders Official Internet Yellow Pages[5] and The McKinley Internet Yellow Pages;[6] both published by Macmillan Publishers in 1994 and 1995 respectively.

After Magellan was acquired by competing search engine Excite, in 1996,[7] she went on to co-found Chiliad:[8] a software company involved in the advance of on-demand, massively scalable, intelligent mining of structured and unstructured data through the use of natural language search technologies. The firm's software was behind the data search technology used by the FBI's counterterrorism data warehouse.[9]

She is the Program Manager of Learning Technologies at The University of Texas at Dallas[10] and is involved in Special Projects for Information Resources.

Maxwell is a former Trustee of the Internet Society[11] and The Santa Fe Institute.[12]

She presently serves on the boards of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet[13] and Leonardo/OLATS.[14]

In 2011, she was appointed an IPv6 Fellow[15] of the Internet Protocol version 6 Forum in recognition of her contributions to support the promotion, deployment, and technology advantages of version 6 around the world.

Personal life[edit]

In June 1986 she married physicist and educator Roger Malina of Berkeley, California.[16] Maxwell and Malina have three children, sons Xavier (born 1988) and Yuri (born 1990) and daughter Giselle (born 1991).[16] Maxwell has a second residence in Meyreuil, a village near Aix-en-Provence.[17]


  1. ^ McFerran, Ann (April 11, 2004). "Relative Values: Elisabeth Maxwell, the widow of Robert Maxwell, and their daughter Isabel". The Sunday Times. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  2. ^ The Pergamon Dictionary of Perfect Spelling by Christine Maxwell, ""
  3. ^ Serving up the web,"", SFGate - August 14, 1995.
  4. ^ OnTheInternet: International Electronic Publication of the Internet Society, "" Archived 2012-09-25 at the Wayback Machine- September/October 1998. Maxwell's Silver Hammer: The Irresistable [sic], Irrepressible Christine Interview with ISOC's VP of Membership by Mark Stokes
  5. ^ "New Riders' official Internet yellow pages" by Christine Maxwell, Czeslaw Jan Grycz. New Riders Publishing, 1994.
  6. ^ "New Riders Official Internet Yellow Pages, 1996"
  7. ^ Internet Search Engine Companies Merging, "", Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - July 1, 1996.
  8. ^ Company Overview of Chiliad, Inc."", Bloomberg Businessweek.
  9. ^ Data Search Technology Used by FBI Makes Its Way to Enterprises by Brian Prince, posted 2009-04-29 in "eWeek"
  10. ^ The University of Texas at Dallas staff directory, ""
  11. ^ Internet Society, 2002 Board of Trustees Election - Election Results, ""
  12. ^ Santa Fe Institute, 1993 Annual report on scientific programs: A broad research program on the sciences of complexity, ""
  13. ^ International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, ""
  14. ^ Christine Maxwell, Leonardo/ISAST Advisory Board Member, ""
  15. ^ IPv6 Forum Fellows, IPv6 Forum Awards - Posted by : forum on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 05:12 PM, ""
  16. ^ a b APOTHÉLOZ, Christian. "Elisabeth Jeanne Meynard Betty: Family Tree". Geneanet. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  17. ^ Briquelet, Kate; Cartwright, Lachlan; Kennedy, Dana; Ross, Jamie; Frias, Jordan (August 15, 2019). "Jeffrey Epstein's 'Madam' Ghislaine Maxwell Spotted at In-N-Out Burger". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 16, 2019.