Bachelor of Science, Canterbury University, New Zealand, 1952. Master of Science in Physics with honours, Cornell University, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University, 1959.
Assistant Lecturer of Physics, Canterbury University College, New Zealand 1952-1953. Research Assistant, Cornell University, United States of America 1954-1955. Senior Research Fellow, A.E.R.E., Harwell 1958-1961.
Head, General Physics Group, Rutherford Laboratory 1961-1969. Staff Chief Scientific Adviser to United Kingdom Government, Cabinet Office 1969-1972. Head, Astronomy, Space and Radio Division, Science Research Council 1972-1978, Under Secretary and Director, Astronomy, Space and Nuclear Physics 1983-1988(4 Under Secretary and Director of Science, Science and Engineering Research Council 1983-1988, Under Secretary and Director (Special Responsibilities) since 1988.
Chief Scientist (part-time) United Kingdom Loss Prevention Council since 1990. Chairman Anglo-Dutch Astronomy Committee 1981-1988, Steering Committee, Institute Laue Langevin (ILL), Grenoble 1984-1988. Vice-Chairman Council, European Space Agency 1981-1984, Chairman 1984-1987.
United Kingdom delegation Intergovernmental Panel on High Energy Physics since 1983, Council of European Synchrotron Radiation Facility 1985-1988. Assessor University Grants Committee 1985-1989. United Kingdom.
Fellow Royal Astronomical Society. Member Anglo-Australian Telescope Board (United Kingdom delegate), Anglo-Dutch Astronomy Committee (chairman), European Incoherent Scattering Science Association (delegate council), Institute Laue Langevin (chairman 1984, 87). Clubs: The Atheneum (London).
Married Anne Judith Barrett, 1958. Children: John Benedict, Harry David, Katherine Hindmarsh.