Bachelor of Medicine BChir, University Cambridge, 1949. Master of Arts, University Cambridge, 1951.
Senior house officer, registrar, senior registrar, University College Hospital, London, 1952-1958; lecturer, senior lecturer, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, 1958-1967; reader in clinical anesthesia, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, 1967-1970; professor in clinical anesthesia, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, 1970-1980; Nuffield professor anesthetics, U. Oxford, 1980-1991; emeritus, U. Oxford, since 1991.
Captain Royal Army Medical Corps, 1950-1952. Member Royal Society Medicine (president section of anesthetics 1989-1990), Association Anesthetists Great Britain & Ireland (vice president 1990-1992), European Academy Anesthesiology (vice president 1980-1984).
Married Michelle June Ratcliffe, January 14, 1956. Children: Karen Madeleine, Virginia Lorraine, Jonathan Marc, Susan Michelle.