Bachelor, Spelman College, 1958. Master of Science, Atlanta University, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Emory University, 1967.
Instructor to professor biology Spelman College, 1960—1970. Funds postdoctoral fellow Georgia Institute of Technology, 1969—1970. Staff specialist to commissioner, consultant Bureau Reclamation, Department Interior, Washington, 1970—1971.
Coordinator national environmental education development program National Park Service, Department Interior, 1971—1972. Postdoctoral fellow experimental cytology branch National Institutes of Health and Bureau Biologics, Food and Drug Administration, Bethesda, Maryland, 1972—1973. Associate professor biology Georgia State University, 1974—1976.
Professor, chairman department biology Atlanta University, 1977—1986. Professor biology Spelman College, 1986—1987. Director research careers office, adjunct professor biology Morehouse College, Atlanta, since 1988.
Consultant Department Interior, 1970—1971.
Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Tissue Culture, Society Development Biology, American Society Cell Biology, Phi Sigma, Sigma Xi.
Children: Hazelyn Mamette, Joseph William II, Rosman Victor Melvin.