Under the mentorship of the Champlain High School principal, a Hobart alumnus, he attended Hobart College where he obtained a Bachelor of Surgery in Mathematics and Chemistry in 1944. He left the Army in 1948 to pursue his Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry at Brown University.
Member staff, Woods Hole (Massachusetts) Oceanographic Institute, 1943-1944; member technical staff, Clinton laboratories, Oak Ridge, 1944-1946; member technical staff, Stanolind Oil & Gas Company, Tulsa, 1948-1953; manager development department, manager integrated circuits department, Texas Instruments, Inc., Dallas, 1953-1964; technical director, Sperry Semicondr., Norwalk, Connecticut, 1964-1965; manager advanced planning, technical development areas, Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, 1965-1975; assistant vice president consumer products activity, Texas Instruments Inc., 1975-1978; principal fellow, assistant vice president corporation research development and engineering, Texas Instruments Inc., 1978-1982; vice president corporation staff, Texas Instruments Inc., 1982-1986; senior lecturer, assistant department chairman electrical and computer engineering, University Texas, Austin, 1986-1987; Cockrell Family Regent Chair in Engineering professor, University Texas, Austin, 1987-1993; emeritus, since 1993.
Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member National Academy Engineering, American Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.
Married Sara McCoy Whiddon, December 28, 1970. Children by previous marriage: William John, Robert Charles, Edward James, Margaret Eleanor Adcock Corrie.