Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University, 1949. Master of Science, University Illinois, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1955.
Instructor, research associate, University of Illinois, 1949-1955; research engineer fluid dynamics, Esso Research & Engineering Company, 1955-1957; visiting lecturer, Stevens Institute Technology, 1956-1957; director fluid dynamics laboratory, professor mechanic engineering, Stevens Institute Technology, 1957-1961; professor mechanic engineering, department chairman mechanic, industrial and aerospace engineering, Rutgers-The State University, 1961-1976; professor, research consultant, Rutgers-The State University, 1976-1979; dean engineering, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., 1979-1983; Forsyth professor, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., 1983-1993; professor emeritus mechanic engineering, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., since 1994. Special research base pressure and heat transfer, wake flow and flow separation.
Served with Army of the United States, 1945-1947, Pacific Theatre of Operations. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, American Astronomical Society (chairman national space engineering committee 1969-1970, 72-76), American Society Engineering Education (Centennial medal 1993). Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers (honorary member award 1988), American Physical Society, Pan American Academy Engineering (charter).
Married Lola Marie Griffin, November 12, 1948. Children: Lola Linda, Patricia Jean, William Ernest, Nancy Lee, Martin Fraser.