AB, Harvard College, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964.
Junior chemist Merck & Company Rahway, New Jersey, 1959—1960. Postdoctoral fellow Stanford University, California, 1964—1966. Member faculty Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, since 1966, associate dean, 1971—1975, professor chemistry, since 1976, chairman department, since 1982, Stephen Harper Kirner professor, 1984—1985.
Board directors A Better Chance, Clinton, since 1985. Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Union Concerned Scientists, American Chemical Society, Seven Oaks Country, Sierra Club, Sigma Xi.
Married Anne Elizabeth Lutton Kinnel, June 25, 1960. Children: Timothy Scott, Geoffrey Charles.