Master of Arts, Glasgow University, Scotland, 1933; Bachelor of Science, Glasgow University, Scotland, 1934; Doctor of Philosophy, Glasgow University, Scotland, 1937; SSc, Glasgow University, Scotland, 1950; Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University, England, 1941; DEng (honorary), Tech. University Nova Scotia; LLD (honorary), Glasgow, Aberdeen; ScD (honorary), University Lodz; ScD (honorary), University Strathclyde.
Research fellow Cambridge University, 1937—1939; research radar Ministry Aircraft Production, 1940—1944; researcher Manhattan Project, 1944—1945; senior lecturer Glasgow University, 1945—1955; deputy chief scientist United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, 1955—1958; chief scientist A.W.R.E., Aldermaston, Berkshire, England, 1958—1959; principal Royal College Sci. & Tech., 1959—1964; member Adv. Council Tech., 1964—1970; chairman Adv. Committee Medical Research, 1962—1975, Adv. Board Relations Univs., 1966—1970; principal, vice chancellor University Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1964—1980, fellow; chief science adviser civil defense Scotland, 1967—1977; department lieutenant Glasgow, since 1969; member Oil Devel. Council, Scotland, 1973—1978; deputy chairman Electricity Council, 1977—1980; chairman Electricity Supply Research Council, 1978—1982; visiting professor energy studies University Glasgow, 1980—1986; director Scottish television Limited, 1963—1982, Hall-Thermotank Limited, 1969—1976, International Research & Devel. Company Limited, 1973—1980, Nuclear Structures Protection Limited, since 1982; President Scottish Society Mentally Handicapped; honorary president Scottish-Polish Cultural Association, since 1972; honorary fellow St. Johns College, Cambridge; Author: (book) Counting Tubes, 1949, Scintillation Counters, 1953, Energy and Human Needs, 1979, Issues in Science and Education, Recollections and Reflections, 1988; contributor articles to professional science journals.
Spouse Joan Elizabeth Strothers Curran, November 7, 1940.