Bachelor, Evansville College, 1948; Master of Science, University of Chicago, 1949; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1951; Doctor of Science (honorary), University Evansville, 1968; Doctor of Science (honorary), Clarkson U., 1985; Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, 1986; Doctor of Laws, Hobart College, 1990.
Research chemist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, 1951-1952; professor, provost, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1952-1974; president, Clarkson U., Potsdam, New York, 1974-1985; director, New York Agriculture Experiment Station, Geneva, New York, 1986-1990; president, Wells College, Aurora, New York, 1991-1995.
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Association Indiana Engineering Colls. (president 1982-1984), Commission Indiana College U. (chairman 1976-1978).
Married Georia Louise Ames, December 30, 1950 (deceased October 1961). Children: David Allen, Martha Lu Plane Deblasio. Married Mary Moore, July 2, 1963.
Children: Ann Marie, Jennifer Plane Hartman.