Graduate, Hill School, 1947; Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1951.
Reporter, Boston Traveler, 1953-1956; science editor, Boston Traveler, 1956-1958; writer, Medical News, New York City, 1958-1961; medicine editor, Newsweek magazine, 1961-1988; free-lance science writer, since 1958.
Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1951-1953. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Medical Writers Association, National Association Science Writers, New York Academy Sciences, Century Association, Coffee House Club (New York City).
Married Ellen Ann Mitchell, August 23, 1952 (deceased 1978). Children: Thomasin, Geoffrey Beach, Douglas Mitchell. Married Phyllis Malamud, November 9, 1986.