In 1952 he received his Bachelor of Surgery from Heriot-Watt University and 3 years later got his Doctor of Philosophy from University of Edinburgh. During his 50 years of teaching, he trained 75 Doctor of Philosophy students and more than 90 postdoctoral fellows.
In 1957 he joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia. Between 1955 and 1957 he served in the Royal Air Force. He also published numerous of scientific papers and two books
Behaviour of Electrons in Atoms and Molecular Aspects of Symmetry.
From 1975 to 2012 he was an editor of the scientific journal called Chemical physics. In 1972 he became visiting professor and fellow at Clare College, Cambridge University, England and next year became visiting professor at Australian National University, Canberra.
In 1978 he became a Senior Fellow at Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute and the same year became a fellow at American Physical Society. Next year, he became the Director of the University’s Regional Laser and Biotechnology Laboratories and in 1980 became visiting professor at University of Munich.
The same year he became a fellow at American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Another two years went by and in 1984 he was awarded an Honorary degree from Scottish Heriot-Watt University. From 1985 to his death he was a chair of the John Scott Advisory Panel for the City of Philadelphia. In 1986 he got Special President"s Award from International Society for Optical Engineering. The same year he became a fellow at Optical Society of America.
The next year brought him Ellis Lippincott Award from the Optical Society of America.
1998 brought him two chair positions, one was at the Chemical Physics division of the American Physical Society, the other one was at the Biophysical Chemistry division of American Chemical Society. From 2000 till his death he was an Honorary Professor of Physics at University of Strathclyde.
He died on February 27, 2013 at the age of 82. After his death, in June 2013 he was posthumously awarded a Doctorate of Science from the University of Edinburgh.
American Physical Society.