Denomination: Unitarian Universalist
Bachelor of Science, University Michigan, 1948. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1949. Juris Doctor (Ordronaux prize 1952), Columbia University, 1952.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Dickinson Law School, Pennsylvania State University, 1988. Doctor en Droit (honorary), University Paris, 1989. Doctor en Droit (honorary), University Louvain, 1989.
Member faculty Columbia University, New York City, from 1954, professor law, from 1959, Alfred McCormack professor law, 1970—2005. Visiting professor University Istanbul, University Dakar, 1964, University Paris, 1974-1975, 90, 93, Harvard Law School, 1970-1971, Stetson College Law, 1991, 94, University Michigan, 1994. Member faculty Salzburg Seminar American Law, 1963, Columbia Leyden Amsterdam program on American law, 1964, 69, 73, 85, San Diego Institute International and Comparative Law, Paris, 1982, 94, Tulane Summer Institute, Paris, 1995, 98, 99, 00, Rhodes, 1996, China Center for American Law Study, Beijing, 1986.
Director orientation program on American law Association American Law Schools, 1965-1968. United States representative United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, 1970-1981. Reporter Restatement of Contracts 2nd, 1971-1980.
Consultant New York State Law Revision Commission, 1956, 58, 59, 61, Puerto Rico commercial code revision, 1988-1991. Member committee validity and agency international sales contracts International Institute Unification Private Law, Rome, 1966-1972, member governing council, 1978-1998. Member advisory committee on private international law Secretary of State, 1985-1989.
Special counsel city re-organization New York City Council, 1966-1968. United States delegate Vienna Conference on International Sales Law, 1980, Bucharest and Geneva Conference on International Agency, 1979, 83.
- Changing Your Mind: The Law of Regretted Decisions
- When does the law permit you to change your mind and reverse a decision you have made? In this masterful book, a foremost authority on American contract law identifies and discusses the general principles and legal rules that bear on this question.
- Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes (4th Edition)
- For an introductory-level course in natural hazards Natural Hazards uses real-life examples of hazards and disasters to explore how and why they happen—and what we can do to limit their effects.
- The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 2nd Edition
- The invaluable resource for home food gardeners! Ed Smith's W-O-R-D system has helped countless gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs.
- Contracts: Cases and Materials (University Casebook Series) 6th (sixth) edition
- Introduces students to the study of the common-law legal system and the application of legal principles to complex transactions.
Captain, United States Air Force, 1952-1954. Fellow British Academy. Member American Bar Association (Theberge award for private international law 1996), American Philosophical Society, American Law Institute, Association of Bar New York City (chairman committee on foreign and comparative law 1967-1970, chairman special committee on products liability 1979-1982), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.