Bachelor in Chemistry, Clarkson University, 1968. Master of Arts in Chemistry, Harvard University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, Harvard University, 1972.
Degree (honorary), University Uppsala, Sweden, 1984.
Staff science General Electric, Schenectady, New York, 1972-1979. Associate professor materials science and engineering University Pennsylvania, 1979-1984, professor, 1984, chair department materials science and engineering, 1984-1987, director Laboratory for Research on Structure of Matter, 1987-1990, dean School Engineering and Applied Science, 1990-1998. President Lehigh University, Bethlehem, 1998—2006, president emeritus, professor, 2006—2007.
Executive director California Academy Sciences, San Francisco, since 2007. Board trustees St. Luke Hospital & Health Network, National Museum of Industrial History, Lehigh Valley Partnership, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
Married Jean Farrington.