Bachelor of Science, St. Andrews University, 1949. Master of Science, Stanford University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1958.
Consultant civil engineer Mott, Hay & Anderson, London, 1949-1951. Forschungs assistant Technische Hochschule, Hanover, Federal Republic Germany, 1957-1958. University lecturer Pembroke College Cambridge University, England, 1958-1968, fellow, director studies England, 1959-1968.
Professor engineering University Leicester, England, 1968-1978. Professor, head of theoretical and applied mechanics University Illinois, Urbana, 1975-1978. Chairman mechanical engineering University California, Santa Barbara, since 1988.
Consultant solid mechanics.
Board governors Bedales School, Petersfield, England, 1975-1978. Served to flight lieutenant Royal Air Force, 1951-1954. Fellow American Academy Mechanics.
Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Married Alison Elizabeth Wheelwright, March 30, 1957. Children– Gavin F., Gregor W., Sean C.