Graduate, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut, 1917; Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1921; Bachelor of Science, Harvard University, 1923; Honorary Doctor of Science, Bard College, 1952.
Member of staff, Lick Observatory solar eclipse expedition, Kiev, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1915; member eclipse party, Freyburg, Maine., 1932; with various departments, Bethlehem Steel Company, Pennsylvania, 1923-1926; industrial engineer, Sanderson & Porter, New York City, 1928-1933; aircraft power plant research, development designer, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, 1933-1964; director research, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, 1950-1955; general manager research division, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, 1956-1960; chief scientist, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, 1960-1964; consultant, Institute for Defense Analyses, 1964-1995; consultant, others, 1964-1995. Chairman subcommittee compressors and turbines National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1940-1945. Member technical mission to Germany United States Navy, 1945.
Served as ambulance driver American Red Cross, 1918, World War I. Served as Lieutenant Royal Air Force, 1918-1919. Fellow Institute Aeronautical Science.
Member Society Automotive Engineers, Harvard Engineers and Scientist (past president).
Married Margaret Bruce Macon, November 8, 1930. Children: Janet Bruce, Elizabeth Wallace, Margaret Macon, Martha Madison. Married second Miriam N. Frank, March 16, 1972.