Bachelor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1961. Master of Arts, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America, 1969.
Postgraduate, University Chicago, 1970.
Assistant professor Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States of America, 1970-1974, associate professor, 1974-1979. Deputy director Berlin Electron Storage Ring for Synchrotron Radiation GMBH, West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, since 1979. Honorary professor Free University Berlin, since 1980.
Member American Physical Society, Jazzotic Orchestra Club.
Married Penelope Saunders, June 18, 1960 (divorced 1977). Children: William Clinton Burling, James Richardson, Thomas Winfield. Married Angelika Stanke, August 14, 1980.