Student, University Kansas, 1943-1944; student, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, 1946-1947; Bachelor of Arts, State University Iowa, 1950; Master of Arts, Princeton, 1952; Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton, 1954.
Junior fellow, Society Fellows, Harvard University, 1954-1957; member of faculty, Society Fellows, Harvard University, from 1957; professor physics, Society Fellows, Harvard University, 1964-1976; Baird professor science, Society Fellows, Harvard University, 1976-1988; associate dean, Harvard and Radcliffe colleges, 1974-1977. Helped plan and oversee Cambridge Electron Accelerator. Researcher particle physics Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois, SynchrotonLab., Cornell Univercity.
Served with United States Army, 1944-1946. Member American Physical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Sigma Xi.
Married Phyllis Burr, June 14, 1958. Children— Jane, Augusta.