Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, 1952; Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1962; postgraduate, U. Paris, 1954-1956, 59-60; postgraduate, U. Madras, 1960-1961.
Assistant professor Sanskrit, U. Rochester, 1962-1964; lecturer Sanskrit, Columbia University, 1963-1964; assistant professor, U. Washington, Seattle, 1964-1967; associate professor, U. Washington, Seattle, 1967-1973; associate director Far Eastern and Russian Institute, U. Washington, Seattle, 1969-1973; Frank L. Sulzberger professor civilizations, professor Sanskrit department South Asian languages and civilizations, University of Chicago, 1973-1987; visiting professor humanities, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 1985-1989; professor religion and humanities, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, since 1989. Visiting professor of history and literature of religions Northwestern University, 1980. Visiting fellow department religion studies U. Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1993.
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Member American Oriental Society (chair editorial board, member board directors, executive committee Sanskrit council), Société Asiatique, Philological Association Pacific Coast.
Married Cheryl Ann Chevis, November 18, 1976. Children from previous marriage– Matthew, Aaron.