Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University New Zealand, New Zealand, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, University New Zealand, New Zealand, 1951.
Engineer Ministry of Works and Development, Roxburgh Hydro, New Zealand, 1952—1956. Sloan summer fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1956, Harkness fellow, 1963—1964. Director, lab & computer services New Zealand Ministry of Works, Wellington, New Zealand, 1967—1986.
Director, centre for information science University Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 1987—1989. Partner Pohlen and Robinson, Wellington, New Zealand, 1989—1998.
Fellow: New Zealand Computer Society (president 1973-1974). Member: American Society of Civil Engineers (life), Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
Married Janice Mary Jobberns, July 26, 1952. Children: John Richard George, Susan Jane Dewar, Annabel Mary Macfarlane.