Educated Glasgow and Durham Universities (philosophy). Honorary Doctor of Laws Glasgow University, 1948. Rockefeller fellow Political Science, University of Chicago.
Founder Empire Marketing Board and General Post Office film units for British Government, 1929-1935. Producer and associate in production more than 1000 documentary films, including Drifters, Song of Ceylon, Night Mail. Founder, Film Centre, London, 1939.
Film adviser to Australian and N. Z. goverments, 1939. Film commissioner Canada, general manager War Information Board, Canada, 1939-1945. Director mass communications and public information for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1947-1948.
Film adivser to South African government, 1949. Controller of films for British Government, 1949. Executive producer Group 3, Ltd., 1950. visiting professor McGill University, 1969-1971.
Member Commission Freedom of the Press, United States, 1944-1946.
Married Margaret Taylor, January 1930.