Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Duke University, 1953. Master of Science in applied mathematics, Harvard University, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy in computer science, University North Carolina, 1972.
Senior engineer, International Business Machines Corporation, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1958-1971; senior engineer, International Business Machines Corporation, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1971-1990; research professor computer science, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990-1996; retired, 1996.
Married Anne Marie Carleton, June 12, 1955. Children: Audrey Wright Meyer, David, Wendy Wright Thomas.