Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1964.
Research associate to instructor, Princeton (New Jersey) U., 1963-1965; assistant professor of chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1965-1967; assistant professor of chemistry, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1967-1968; associate professor, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1968-1973; professor, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1973-1989; chairman chemistry department, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1985-1989; professor of chemistry, dean College Physicians and Mathematics Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, since 1989. Visiting professor Centre Europèen de Calcul Atomique et Molèculaire, Orsay, France, 1974-1975, University Bonn and Wuppertal, Federal Republic Germany, 1979-1980, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland, 1984.
Board directors North Carolina School of Science and Math Foundation, chair. Board directors Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, New York Academy of Sciences, Sigma Xi (president North Carolina chapter), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Mary Hill (divorced September 1977). 1 child, Jerrard John. Married Adela Chrzeszczyk, June 21, 1980.
1 child, Christina.