Student, Otago Medical College, New Zealand. Master of Arts, Wadham College, Oxford University, England. Postgraduate, London School of Economics, 1962.
Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Guam, 1969. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Otago, 1973. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University New Delhi, 1975.
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Tokai University, Japan, 1980. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Papua, New Guinea, 1982. D.Polit. Science (honorary), University Yonsei, Korea, 1978.
Doctor of the University (honorary), United States Pacific, 1980.
Joined Colonial Service United Kingdom, 1950. District officer, acting deputy secretary Fijian affairs, division commissioner, 1951-1961. Member Legislation Council, since 1953.
Member Executive Council Fiji, 1959-1961, member for natural resources and leader government business, 1964-1966. 1st chief minister Government of Fiji, 1967-1970. Prime minister Fiji, 1970-1987, reinstated after military coup, 1987-1992.
Minister foreign affairs, 1977-1987, 87-92. Minister foreign affairs and the public service, 1987-1989. Leader of opposition, 1987.
Minister foreign affairs and home affairs, 1989. President Fiji, since 1994.
President Alliance Party, Fijian Association.
Married Adi Lady Lala. 8 children.