Student, University Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1940—1945. Student, University Padova, Italy, 1946—1947. Teaching diploma, Institute Magistrale, Gorizia, Italy, 1947.
Master of Arts in Linguistics, University Chicago, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy in Slavic Languages, Harvard University, 1962.
Assistant professor, Institute Magistrale Sloveno, Gorizia-Trieste, Italy, 1944-1955;
editor, United States Information Service, Trieste, Italy, 1951-1954;
assistant professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1962-1965;
from assistant professor to professor Slavic languages, Columbia University, New York City, 1965-1992;
professor of languages emeritus, Columbia University, New York City, since 1992. Associate Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union and of the Institute on East Center Europe, since 1966. Visiting associate professor New York University, 1969-1972.
Visiting professor Yale University, 1974, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1977. Coordinator National.Com. Serbo-Croatian Teaching Materials, 1982-1994.
United States coordinator for Cooperation Project on Slavistics, since 1983. Active United States-Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Commision on theHumanities and Social Sciences, Institute East Control Europe. Participant International Congs. of Slavists Prague, 1968, Warsaw, 1973, Zagreb-Ljubljana, 1978, Kiev, 1983, Sofia, 1988, Bratislava, 1993.
Coordinator Columbia University Program in Slavic Cultures, organized symposia Columbia University, 1974, 84, Prato di Resia, Italy, 1979, Northwestern University, 1980, University of Chicago, 1984, Academy of Sciences Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Moscow, 1987, American Association Teachers of Slavic and East European Langs. Annual Convention, San Francisco, 1991, Toronto, Canada, 1993. Member of advisory board Slovenski jezik-Slovene Linguistic Studies, since 1994.
Member of faculty School of International Affairs, since 1966.
Fellow American Council Learned Societies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Member Slovenska Kulturna Akcija (Buenos Aires), Slavists' Association Slovenia (honorary Ljubljana chapter 1989-2005), Linguistic Society of America, Linguistic Circle New York, American Association Advancement Slavic Studies, American Association Teachers Slavic and East European Languages (Distinguished Scholarly Career award 1994), Society Slovene Studies (founder, president 1973-1983, editor Steamship Newsletter 1973-1977, editor Letter 1978-1983, director Research and Documentation Center, Columbia University, Institute East Central Europe 1988-2005). Corresponding member Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana, European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg, Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, Prague, Cracow, and Moscow, Fulbright Association.
Member American Slovene Congress (organizational committee 1993-1994, academy advisor to its council on academy activities 1994-2005, award for contribution to knowledge and recognition of Slovene culture in the United States American by President Republic Slovenia).
Married Nina A. Lovrencic, May 4, 1946. Children: Bibi-Alice, Lena-Maria.