Bachelor of Science with 1st class honors, University Birmingham, England, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1971.
Research scientist University Arizona, Tucson, 1971-1973, National Institute Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, 1973-1974. Research director Max-Planck Institute, Berlin, 1974-1979. Professor microbiology Ohio State University, Columbus, since 1979, chairman department, since 1985, Rod Sharp professor microbiology, since 1999.
Consultant Battelle Research Laboratory, Columbus, 1982-1987, Government of Bulgaria, Sofia, 1987, Promega Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin, 1990, Procter and Gamble Company, Cincinnati, 1990. Member science advisory board BioTrol. Inc., Chaska, Minnesota, 1986-1990.
Distinguished visiting professor University Adelaide, Australia, 1984, University Wyoming, Laramie, 1988, University Calcutta, India, 1989, Frei University, Berlin, 1991, University Karachi, Pakistan, 1995, University Concepcion, Chile, 1995. Governing council Southern Petrochems. Corporation, Chennai, India, 1999—2001.
Chairman Bioscience council Department of Energy, since 2001. Managing editor Extremophiles, since 2003.
Fellow American Society Microbiology (lecturer Foundation for Microbiology 1987-1988, 94-96. chairman division K, microbial physiological 1998-1999, council 2000-2002, United States national organizing committee for 2005 International Congress of Microbiology Societies, since 2002).
Married Patricia Margaret Watson, September 21, 1967. Children: Simon Arthur, Daniel John.