Bachelor of Science in Math & Physics, Morehouse College, 1958. Master of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis, 1966.
Physicist Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, 1966-1968. Assistant professor physics University Illinois, Urbana, 1968-1970. Associate professor Brown University, Providence, 1970-1975, professor, dean, 1975-1979.
Professor physics University Chicago, 1979-1993. Director Argonne National Laboratory, 1979-1984. Vice president for research Argonne National Laboratory University Chicago, 1984-1991.
Director National Science Foundation, Washington, 1991-1993. Senior vice president academy affairs University California System, 1993-1995. President Morehouse College, Atlanta, 1995—2007, president emeritus, since 2007.
Chairman Bank of America Corporation, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2009—2010. Interim president School of Art Institute Chicago, since 2010. Board directors Bank of America Corporation 1998-2010, McDonald's Corporation, since 1998, BP p.l.c., 1998-2008, Delta Air Lines, Inc., 2007-2008.
Consultant National Academy of Sciences, 1973-1976. Member NSB, 1978-1984. Chair Secretary Energy Advisory Board, 1997-1999.
Member Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council. Member council visitors Marine Biological Laboratory. Member President's Council Advisors on Science and Technology, 1990-1992, 01-.
Board fellows Brown University, 1980-1990, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 1980-1989, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1985-1988. Board directors Urban League Rhode Island, 1973-1975. Member Salzburg seminar, since 1997, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, since 1996, Woodruf Art Center, since 1995, Atlanta Committee Public Education, 1996-2004, Board Project GRAD, Great Schools Atlanta Board, since 2004.
Trustee University Chgo. Active Atalnta Committee for Progress, since 2003. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science (board directors 1981-1985, president-elect 1987-1988, president 1988-1989, chairman 1989-1990), American Physical Society (councillor-at-large 1980-1983, vice president 1990), Smithsonian Institute (board regents), Sigma Xi.
Married Shirley Ann Streeter, October 25, 1969. Children: Keith Anthony, Eric Eugene.