Bachelor of Arts in Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1959; postgraduate biochemistry, international relations, literature, Harvard University, 1959-1963.
Manager systems analysis laboratory Melpar, Inc. subsidiary Westinghouse Corporation, Falls Church, Virginia, 1959-1966. Special assistant research and technical Office of Secretary Defense, Pentagon, Washington, 1966-1970. Vice president, then executive vice president Rockefeller University, New York City, 1970-1990.
Scholar-in-residence Carnegie Corporation, 1990-1992. Chief executive officer New York Academy of Sciences, 1992—2001. Consultant White House Science Office, Peace Corps, Research and Development Corporation, General Telephone & electronics corporation, United States Department State, United States Senate, United States Department Defense, United States Department Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Library.
Congress, United Nations Educational, New York State Urban Development Corporation. United States delegate United Nations arms control meetings, New York City, Geneva, 1969, United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, New York City and Vienna, 1973-1980. Chairman panel on advanced materials and panel on assesssment of oil supply disruptions and panel on verification of Strategic Arms Reduction Talks arms control, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Member workshop on managing innovation, National Academy of Engineering. Chairman panel Science and Technology workshops with Eastern Europe, National Academy of Sciences. Chairman panel on high speed commercial air transportation, Science Policy Division, Library. of Congress.
Co-chairman United States-Hungary Workshop on Science Exchs., National Academy of Sciences. Sigma Xi national lecturer, 1974-1975. Invited lecturer Columbia Broadcasting System-television.
Member United Nations advisory committee on applications science and technical. Member Committee International Science and Technology Information Programs Board Science and Technology for Development, Committee for Advanced Study in China. Member Committee International Operations and Programs, National Academy of Sciences.
Chairman New York State Telecommunications Infrastructure Task Force. Member New York Gov's. Telecommunications Exchange, United States-Japan High Level Technology advisory panel, advisory committee, director National Institutes of Health.
Advisory board Critical Technology Institute.
Co-organizer, director Scientists, Engineers and Physicians for Johnson-Humphrey, 1964. Member executive committee, chairman international steering group Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Governor. Vice-chairman Carnegie Commission, task force development organizations, producing reports, Partnership for Global Development, 1992.
Board directors Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Trustee American University in Beirut. Member technical advisory board Edwin A. Link Foundation.
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (secretary section X on social impacts of science and technical, chairman arms control and national security, member committee on science public policy), New York Academy of Sciences. Member American Physical Society, American Society for Macro-Engineering (chairman board directors, president), Council on Foreign Relations, Sigma Xi, Cosmos Club (Washington), Century Club (New York City), 7th Regiment Armory Tennis Club (New York City).
Married Nancy Stephenson Pyle, March 13, 1993. 1 child from previous marriage, Christopher McKnight. Stepchildren: Courtney Pyle, Lindsay Pyle.