Bachelor of Arts in Physics magna cum laude, Harvard, 1953. Master of Science, University of California at Los Angeles, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Cambridge University, England, 1958.
Member technical staff, Hughes Research laboratories, Culver City, California, 1953-1955;
member of faculty, University of California, Berkeley, 1958-1978;
professor electrical engineering and computer science, University of California, Berkeley, 1967-1978;
Miller research professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1969-1970;
department chairman, University of California, Berkeley, 1972-1977;
professor electrical engineering, Joseph Silbert dean engineering, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1979-1984;
professor electrical and computer engineering, chancellor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984-1987;
professor electrical engineering and applied physics, president, California Institute Technology, Pasadena, 1987-1997;
president emeritus, California Institute Technology, Pasadena., since 1997. Fellow scientist Westinghouse Research laboratories, Pittsburgh, 1962-1963. Guest professor Institute Applied Physics, U. Tuebingen, Germany, 1966-1967, Waseda U., Tokyo, Osaka U., 1974.
Visiting fellow Clare Hall, Cambridge, U., 1975. Chairman Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Symposium, 1977. Consultant in field; member science and educational advising committee Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1978-1985, chairman, 1980-1985.
Member science advising committee General Motors, 1980-1989, chairman, 1984-1989, board directors, since 1989. Board directors Hewlett Packard Corporation, Saint-Gobain Corporation, Reveo, Inc., Raytheon Company, Hughes Electronics Company, Elec. Power Research Institute, California Institute Technology.
Technical advising committee R.R. Donnelly & Sons, 1981-1989. Senior science advisor W.M. Keck Foundation, since 1997. Pro-vice chancellor Cambridge U., 1998.
Chairman Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, 1990-1993. Board directors KCET, 1989-1997, Corporation for National Research Initiatives, since 1980. Trustee California Institute of Technology, since 1998.
Member board overseers Harvard University, 1999-2005, president, 2004-2005. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Founder's Award medal 2002), American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Engineering Education, Royal Academy Engineering, Okawa Foundation (award 2002), National Academy of Engineering (educational advisory board 1984-1988, member committee 1984-1989, chairman 1988, council 1988-1994, 96-2002), Microbeam Analysis Society of America, Electron Microscopy Society of America (council 1970-1972, president 1977), Council on Competitiveness (vice-chairman 1990-1996), Association Marshall Scholars and Alumni (president 1965-1968), Athenaeum Club, California Club, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu.
Married Doris Arleen Wentz, June 21, 1953. Children— Janet Sue, Nancy Jean, David William, John Thomas.