Bachelor with honors (Pulitzer scholar), Columbia College, 1947; Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1965; Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Anthropology (State Doctoral fellow), Columbia University, 1967.
Industrial engineer various organizations, 1947-1951. Midwest manufacturers representative, 1952-1955. Social science consultant Chicago and New York City, 1956-1967.
Anthropologist Southwestern Cooperative Educational Laboratory, Albuquerque, 1967-1969. Associate professor anthropology and education University Missouri, Kansas City, 1969-1973, professor, 1973-1993, professor emeritus, from 1993, founding member university wide doctoral faculty, 1974-1993. Founder, public The Wordtree, Overland Park, Kansas, from 1984.
Lecturer City University of New York. Adjunct professor educational anthropology University New Mexico, 1969. Anthropological consultant United States Veterans Administration Hospital, Kansas City, 1971—1972.
Speaker in field; columnist linguistic column New Times, New Verbs, from 1988. Captain United States Army, 1943-1946.
Captain Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow World Academy Art and Science, American Anthropological Association (life), Royal Anthropological Institute Great Britain (life). Member European Association for Lexicography, International Society for Systems Sciences, International Society for Knowledge Organisation, English-Speaking Union (vice president Kansas City chapter 1995-1996), DictionarySoc.
North America (life, terminology committee), Association Internationale de Terminologie, Academie Europeenne des Sciences, Arts et Lettres (correspondent), Society Conceptual and Content Analysis by Computer, Columbia University Club, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Barbara G. Smith, November 29, 1991.