AB summa cum laude, University South Dakota. Dean Akeley fellow, University South Dakota, 1951. Master of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1954.
Doctor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, 1957.
Head nuclear physics, Convair Corporation, San Diego, 1957-1960;
chief, Ballistic Missile Defense branch Advanced Research Project Agency, Washington, 1961;
corporation director electrical research and development, Northern American Aviation Inc., El Segundo, California, 1961-1967;
deputy division chief, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, 1961-1971;
assistant director defense research and engineering, Department Defense, Washington, 1971-1974;
deputy under secretary for space systems, acting director NRO, Air Force, 1974-1979;
deputy assistant secretary for space plans and policy, Air Force, 1979-1988. Adjunct Professor George Mason U., Fairfax, Virginia, 1988-1990. Consultant aerospace engineering, plans and policy Institute Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia, Sys.
Planning Corporation, Arlington, Defense Science Board, Pentagon, Global Outpost Inc., Alexandria, Analytic Services, Arlington, George Washington University, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Alexandria, Kistler Aerospace, Kirkland, Washington, McGraw-Hill Inc., since 1988.
With A.C. Army of the United States, 1944-1947. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior ), American Physical Society, American Institute Physics, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma.
Married Virginia M. Fosness, May 30, 1950 (deceased January 2005). Children: Jennifer Cook Clark, William O. II, Amy Cook Lewandowski.