Bachelor of Science, University Tennessee, 1920, Master of Science, 1924. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1927, Honorary Doctor of Science, 1957. Honorary Doctor of Laws, St. Andrews U., Scotland, 1967.
Professor chemistry Carson-Newman College, 1925-1926, E.Tenn. State Teachers College, 1928-1930. Research associate Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1930-1935, assistant professor of chemistry, 1935-1942, associate professor, 1942-1946, associate professor mechanic engineering, 1946-1949, professor mechanic engineering, 1949-1964.
Vice president Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Cryogenic Technology, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1964-1971. Research chemist Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, since 1971.
Churches should be encouraged to teach and preach biblical truth on moral issues and to urge their members to vote according to their beliefs, convictions, and values.
Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences (Rumford medal 1965), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Gold medal 1968). Member National Academy Sciences.
Married Lena Arbragine Masterson, September 4, 1929.