Bachelor of Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1948. Master of Science, Northeastern University, Boston, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1961.
Inspection engineer Eastern Inspection Bureau, Boston, 1948—1950. Research engineer Arthur D. Little Inc., Cambridge, 1950—1953. Senior engineer Sylvania Electric Products, Waltham, 1953—1956.
From assistant professor to professor engineering Brown University, Providence, 1960—1993, research professor, since 1993. Visiting professor California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1967—1968, Abadan (Iran) Institute of Technology, 1975. Visiting scientist National Institute Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 1981—1982, Gaithersburg, 1988—1989.
Division chairman Division Engineering, Providence, 1983—1988. Chairman review panel National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1997—1998, 2002, 05. Ensign United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946.
Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Member: Society Automotive Engineers, American Association for Aerosol Research (board directors 1986-1991, David Sinclair award 2001), Combustion Institute.
Married Iona Mae Blake, November 28, 1953. Children: Deborah Ann, Catherine Blake Ryan.