Bachelor of Science with 1st class honors, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1952. Master of Science, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1975.
Doctor of Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1988. MBE, 1990.
Senior design engineer Blyth & Blyth, Edinburgh, 1954-1964. Lecturer Heriot-Watt College, 1964-1966, Heriot-Watt University, 1966-1967, senior lecturer, 1967-1977, reader, 1977-1982, professor engineering education, 1982-1987. Director Open University in Scotland, Edinburgh, since 1987.
Fellow Institute Structural Engineers (Murray Buxton diploma 1977).
Married Audrey Walker Henderson, June 15, 1957. Children: David, Peter, Janet, Sandy.