Student, St. Olaf College, 1948-1950; Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1952; Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, 1959.
Research engineer, Westvaco division Federal Maritime Commission Corporation, Charleston, West Virginia, 1952-1955; instructor, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, 1958-1959; assistant professor to professor department chemical engineering, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1959-1971; Robert Lee Tatum professor engineering, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1971-1974; Black and Veatch professor engineering, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1974-1987; visiting professor chemical engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1979-1980; professor Emeritus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1996. Guest scientist Thermophysical Properties Research Group, NBS Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, June 1987-August 1988.
Served with United States Navy, 1946-1948, 65-66. Member American Institute Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Electrochemical Society.
Married Arlyn J. Abrahamson, July 5, 1952. Children– Ruth Leigh, Jan Marie, Kris Arlyn, David Olaf.