Ronald A. B. Macfie was born in the UK in 1926. He served in the RAF from 1944 to 1947 and obtained his B.Sc. degree from the University of London in 1953. He was an aircraft flight test engineer in the UK from 1953 to 1966 and in the USA from 1966 to 1973. He is currently President of Furmanite America Inc.