Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1943. Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Cornell University, 1949. Postgraduate, University Buffalo, 1953.
Engineer, Cornell Aero. Laboratory, 1949-1957;
assistant head aerodynamics research, Cornell Aero. Laboratory, 1957-1959;
head aerodynamics research, Cornell Aero.
Laboratory, 1959-1965; director aerospace & energetic research program, U. Washington, 1966-1993; professor astronautics, U. Washington, 1966-1993; professor emeritus astronautics, since 1993. Principal investigator numerous federal research grants. Consultant Aerospace Corporation, past member science advisory board United States Air Force, Olin-Rocket Research, Sexually Transmitted Infections Optronics.
Past member electro-optics panel SAB, member various ad hoc committees. Member space system and technical advising committee, research and technical subcommittee, past member research and technical advisory county National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Member plasma dynamics review panel National Science Foundation, United States Army.
Honored speaker Laser Institute American, 1975, Citizens of Sendai, 1991. Past member theory advising committee Los Alamos National Laboratory. Visiting lecturer Chinese Academy Sciences, Beijing, 1983, 88, 97.
Paul Vieille lecturer 7th International Shock Tube Symposium, 1969, 89, 17th International Symposium on Shock Waves and Shock Tubes, 1989. Irvine I. Glass Memorial lecturer U. Toronto,1996.
Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1946. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Dryden lecturer 1977, Agard lecturer 1978, Plasmadynamics and Lasers award 1992), International Academy Astronautics. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Engineering, American Physical Society, Sigma Xi.
Married Ruth Cohen, September 3, 1950 (deceased). Children: Eleanor Ruth, Paul Elliot, Jean R.