Bachelor of Science, University Otago, New Zealand, 1970. Master of Science, University Otago, New Zealand, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, University Otago, New Zealand, 1976.
Clinical virologist Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, since 1980. Clinical associate professor pathology University Otago, since 1980, senior clinical lecturer, since 2009. Research associate public health laboratory network Withington Hospital, Manchester, England, 1977—1979.
Repatriation fellow Medical Research Council, Christchurch, 1979—1980. Visiting associate scientist University Wisconsin, Madison, 1986—1987. Director National Measles Laboratory, Christchurch, since 2005.
Member New Zealand Vietnam Health Trust, Christchurch, 1999—2004. Pandemic influenza technology advisory committee Ministry of Health, Wellington, 2004—2006, infectious diseases advisory committee New Zealand, 1993—2006, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome technical advisory committee, 2003—2004. Member National Influenza Startegy Group, since 2000.
Member of World Health Organization (consultant since 1996), American Society Microbiology, Asian Pacific Advisory Committee on Influenza (chairman since 2004), Asian Pacific Society Medical Virology (secretary 1998—2006), New Zealand Microbiological Society (associate. Executive member 1995—2004).
Married Christine Margaret Williams, January 21, 1972. Children: Angus Cordner, Nicholas Cordner.