BScEE, Iowa State University, 1951; Master of Science in Physics, University of Chicago, 1955; Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University of Chicago, 1959.
Member technical staff, Bell Telephone laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1951-1953; physicist, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, 1959-1969; deputy director, Center for Material Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland., 1969-1989; director Maurice Morton Institute Polymer Science, U. Akron, Ohio., 1987-1994; professor polymer science, U. Akron, Ohio., since 1989. Director Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation, Broadview Heights, Ohio, 1989-1995, Plastics Institute American, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1983-1989.
Fellow American Physical Society (chairman division of high polymer physics 1984-1985). Member American Chemical Society, Society of Plastics Engineers, Materials Research Society.
Married Joan Rose Reneker, July 10, 1953. Children: Douglas Alan, Elizabeth Ann Riley.