Bachelor of Science with Honours-special, 1st-class, University Glasgow, Scotland, England, 1991. Doctor of Philosophy in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University Glasgow, Scotland, England, 1994.
Postdoctoral researcher Parke-Davis Neurosci. Research Center, Cambridge, England, 1995—1996, ICSN-National Center for Scientific Research, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, 1996—1997, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 1997—1999, 1999—2000, assistant professor, 2000—2004, National University Singapore, since 2005. Council member Royal Society of Chemistry - Singapore Division, 2009.
Member of Royal Society Chemistry.
Son of Richard Lear and Evelyn Whittle, John New Jersey.D. Whittle (Stepfather). Married Hilda S. Russell, October 24, 1997.