Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1941; Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1948; numerous honorary degrees.
Chairman,, Yale Daily News, 1940-1941;
special assistant to coordinator, Inter-American affairs, 1941;
research associate department economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1949-1950;
assistant professor of law, Harvard University, 1950-1953;
professor of law, Harvard University, 1953-1960;
professor, provost, Yale University, 1961-1963;
president, Yale University, 1963-1977;
ambassador to United Kingdom, 1977-1981;
counsel, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, New York City, 1981-1983;
resident partner in charge London office, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, New York City, 1984-1986;
counsel, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, since 1986;
chairman, English-Speaking Union of the United States, 1981-1984;
master University College, University of Oxford, England, since 1986;
chairman international board, United World College, since 1986. Assistant general counsel Office United States Special Republican in Europe, 1948-1949. Consultant President's Materials Policy Commission, 1951, Mutual Security Agency, 1952.
Member President's Commision on Law Enforcement and Administration Justice, 1965-1967, President's Commision on Selective Service, 1966-1967. Chairman National Policy Panel United Nations, 1968.
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Former member corporation Belmont Hill School. Former president board directors Buckingham Society. Past board directors Educational television and Radio Center.
Advisory committee on higher education Department of Health. Former member board directors Common Cause. Consultant National Endowment of the Humanities.
Member policy review board Public Agenda Foundation. Former member corporation, trustee Carnegie Endowment International Peace. Member international advisory council Population Institute.
Board directors Salzburg Seminar in American Studies. Fellow: American Bar Foundation. Member: Council Foreign Relations, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Council Education, American Council Learned Societies (past director), American Philosophical Society, New York Bar, Massachusetts Bar, Century Association (New York City), Tavern Club (Boston), Buck's Club(London), Athanaeum Club, Metropolitan Club (Washington).
Married Mary Louise Phillips, November 30, 1942. Children: Constance, Kingman III, Deborah, Alden, Riley.