Bachelor in English Literature, University Colorado, 1952. Master of Arts in Physics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1962.
NFS postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Diego, 1962-1964; assistant professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1964-1967; technical manager, Systems Associations, Inc., Long Beach, California, 1967-1972; senior environmental economist, United States Atomic Energy Commission, Bethesda, Maryland., 1972-1975; technical adviser, United States Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Washington, 1975-1976; senior fellow, Resources for the Future, Washington, 1976-1983; senior fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, 1983-1985; senior staff officer, NAS, Washington, 1985-1986; freelance writer, editor, publication, Washington, since 1986. Consultant Volunteers in Technology Assistance, Arlington, Virginia, 1987-1990, 98-, International Resources Group, Washington, 1991. Treasurer, board directors Jordan Conservation and Research Center, Inc.
Member of advisory board National Zoo, Washington. Member American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society, International Association Energy Economists, Washington Indiana Writers, Writers' Center (board directors).
Married Charlotte Appleton Kidder, June 10, 1988 (deceased September 1995). Children from previous marriages: Alice, John, Carol Ramsay Scott, David.