Student, George Washington University, 1946. Bachelor of Science, Georgia School Technology, 1943. Postgraduate, Brown University, 1944.
Master of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical and Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1951.
Lecturer University California, Los Angeles, 1951-1954. Research scientist ODIN Associates, Pasadena, California, 1954-1957. Professor aeronautical engineering, head department Pennsylvania State University, 1957-1960.
Professor aerospace engineering Illinois Institute of Technology, from 1960. Consultant government, industry. Faculté des Sciences de Nancy (France), since 1961.
Member advisory board Committee Pan American Policy, since 1970. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member American Astronomical Society, American Institute Aeronautics an Astronautics (chairman education committee 1959-1961), American Society Engineering Education, American Association of University Professors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society New South Wales, Chicago Press Club, Sigma Xi, Kappa Kappa Psi.
Married Larisa Rudaya. Children: Ann Michelson Shoham, Louis, Linda Michelson Zelman, Julia Michelson Waldman, Elise Michelson Levin, Eliot, Jack.