Christine Maxwell is an Internet content pioneer, best known as the creator and co-founder of Magellan, one of the first professionally curated online search/reference guides to Internet content. In 1992 she also created and then co-authored one of the first hard copy reference guides to the Internet: New Riders Official Internet Yellow Pages and The McKinley Internet Yellow Pages; both published by Macmillan Publishers in 1994 and 1995 respectively.
After Magellan was acquired by Excite, (a competing search engine) in 1996, she went on to co-found Chiliad: 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.
Christine Maxwell is the daughter of Elisabeth Maxwell and Robert Maxwell. She was born in Maisons Laffitte, France on August 16, 1950.
One of nine children, siblings include her twin sister Isabel Maxwell, brothers Kevin Maxwell and Ian Maxwell, and youngest sister Ghislaine Maxwell. In 1986 she married Roger Malina of Berkeley, California. Sons Xavier and Yuri were born in 1988 and 1990 respectively, and daughter Giselle was born in 1991.
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 Mary Spencer Churchill College of Education near Oxford. She graduated in June 1974 with a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate. From September 1974 to June 1976 she was a middle school teacher at Shepherd’s Hill Middle School in Headington, Oxford.
In January 2013, she entered the graduate school of The University of Texas at Dallas.
Maxwell was an Editor for Pergamon Press Publishers in the early 70s.
In the late 70s, she became a school editor for A. Wheaton & Company in Exeter, England, during which time she published The Pergamon Dictionary of Perfect Spelling published by Pergamon Press Ltd. in 1977. This work was republished in the UK under the title Dictionary of Perfect Spelling by Barrington Stoke Publishers in 2005, and by Berlitz in 2007 under the title Spell it Right.
She is now Program Manager of Learning Technologies at The University of Texas at Dallas and is involved in Special Projects for Information Resources.
Maxwell is a former Trustee of the Internet Society and The Santa Fe Institute.
She presently serves on the boards of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet and Leonardo/OLATS.
In 2011, she was appointed an IPv6 Fellow of the IPv6 Forum in recognition of her contributions to support the promotion, deployment, and technology advantages of version 6 around the world.