Bachelor in Physics, Kenyon College, 1961. Doctorate in Science (honorary), Kenyon College, 2008. Master of Science in Physics, Michigan State University, 1963.
Doctor of Philosophy in Solid State Physics, Michigan State University, 1967. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1978. Doctorate (honorary), Linköping (Sweden) University, 2004.
Research scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, 1967-1980; professor, U. Nebraska, Lincoln, since 1979; director Center Microelectronic and Optical Materials Research, U. Nebraska, Lincoln, since 1988; president, J.A. Woollam Company, Inc., Lincoln, since 1987.
Fellow American Physical Society. Member American Vacuum Society (chairman thin film division 1989-1991).
Children: Catherine Jane, Susan June.