Bachelor of Science with honors, Aberdeen University, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, Aberdeen University, 1953. Doctor of Science, Aberdeen University, 1976.
Senior science officer, Atomic Weapons R.E., Aldermaston, England, 1953-1957; professor of chemistry, Imperial College, London, 1958-1993; emeritus professor, Imperial College, London, since 1993; professor/honorary fellow, U. Edinburgh, Scotland, since 1993.
Fellow Royal Society Edinburgh, Royal Society Chemistry.
Married Elizabeth Margaret Main, July 31, 1927. Children: Lesley, Michael, Shauna, Gillian.