Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University Leeds, England, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy in Biophysics, University Leeds, England, 1967.
Postdoctoral fellow State University of New York-Syracuse College Forestry, 1967-1969. Visiting assistant professor Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1969-1970, assistant professor, 1970-1974, associate professor, 1974-1977, professor macromolecular science, since 1977, chairman department, 1985-1995, F. Alex Nason professor, 1991-2000, Leonard Case Junior professor, since 2001, associate dean research and graduate studies Case School Engineering, 2005—2007. Visiting professor Kennedy Institute Rheumatology, London, 1975, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Grenoble, France, 1977, University Frieburg, Federal Republic Germany, 1982.
Chairman Gordon Conference on Liquid Crystalline Polymers, 1992. Consultant in field.
Fellow American Physical Society (executive committee division high polymer physics 1986-1990, vice chairman 1987-1988, chairman 1988-1989). Member American Chemical Society (chairman cellulose division 1999, Anselm Payen award 1999, division councillor 2000-2003), American Crystallography Society (chairman fiber diffraction special interest group 1993-1994), Biophysics Society (chairman biopolymer subgroup 1975-1976), Fiber Society.
Married Susan Margaret Crawshaw, August 5, 1965. Children: Martin Jonathan, Helen Elizabeth.