Bachelor of Science, Davidson College, 1958; Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962.
Instructor mathematics, New Preparatory School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1960-1961;
research associate, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois, 1962-1964;
guest scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois, 1964-1970;
assistant professor of chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1964-1970;
associate professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1970-1989;
professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 1989. Visiting scientist Swiss Federal Reactor Institute, Wuvenlingen, 1971-1972. Visiting research engineer University of California, Berkeley, 1978-1979.
Chairperson senate assembly University of Michigan, 1993-1994. Director nuclear studies Environmental Research Group, Ann Arbor,1980-1981.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society (chairperson steering committee Control region 1994-1995), American Physical Society.
Married Barbara Jean Pierson, September 3, 1960. Children: Gwen Meredith Van Ark, Lyle Deborah Woodruff.