Bachelor cum laude, Harvard University, 1949.
Corresponding, Time magazine, Detroit, 1949-1950, contributing editor, 1950-1956, associate editor, 1956-1960, senior editor, 1960-1971. Editor Time-Life Records, 1971-1973. Series editor Time-Life Books, 1973-1982, executive editor, since 1982.
Served to 1st lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946. Member American Ornithologists Union, American Birding Association (director) Clubs: Harvard, Explorers, Bermuda Anglers.
Son of George Bryant and Katherine June (Goetz) D. M. Doris Alden Billings, December 19, 1965. 1 daughter, Katherine Billings.
Children by previous marriage: Peter, Michael, Robert, Geoffrey.