Bachelor of Science, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, University Cambridge, England, 1972.
Lecturer, U. Glasgow, Scotland, 1972-1979;
senior lecturer, U. Glasgow, Scotland, 1979-1982;
titular professor, U. Glasgow, Scotland, 1982-1988;
professor of statistics, U. Glasgow, Scotland, since 1988. Visiting associate professor State University of New York, Albany, 1980, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1982. Fellow Australian National U., Canberra, 1982.
Member committee Science and Engineering Research, United Kingdom, 1986-1991. Subject adviser Universities Funding Council, United Kingdom, since 1990.
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Fellow Royal Society Edinburgh, Institute of Mathematics Statistics, Royal Statistical Society. Member British Machine Vision Association, Edinburgh Mathematics Society.
Married Mary Hourie Philp, September 28, 1983. 1 child, David Matthew Robert.