Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1955. Doctor of Medicine, New York University, 1959.
Intern, assistant resident medical service Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1959—1961. Clinical and research fellow medicine Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1961—1962. Chief general physiology branch Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, 1962—1964.
Research fellow medicine Massachusetts General Hospital, 1964—1965, assistant biologist, 1965—1968. Research associate medicine Harvard Medical School, 1964—1967, associate medicine, 1967—1968. Investigator Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 1966—1970, corporation member, since 1968.
Tutor in biochemistry science Harvard College, 1967—1968. Assistant professor department biochemistry University Connecticut, School Medicine, Farmington, 1968—1971, associate professor, 1971—1975, professor, since 1975, director orthopedic research laboratory, professor department orthopedic surgery, since 1978. Professor, head department BioStructure and Function School Dental Medicine, since 1986.
Visiting professor University Liege, Belgium, 1974—1975. Consultant and lecturer in field. Captain United States Army Reserve, 1962-1964.
Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering, Society Belge de Biochimie, New York Academy of Sciences, National Board Medical Examiners (diplomate), American Chemical Society (division biological chemistry), American Society Biological Chemists, American Heart Association, Tissue Culture Association, American Society Cell Biology, Orthopaedics Research Society, American Society Bone and Mineral Research (advisory board 1978), Belgian Connective Tissue Club, Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi.
Married Betsy Chernoff Tanzer, December 19, 1954. Children: Laura Sue, Andrew Ethan, Matthew Owen, Jennifer Elizabeth.