A.B. Magna cum laude, History and Science, Harvard University, 1962
Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard University, 1968
A native of California, he was educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1962, A.M. 1965, Ph.D. 1968). A faculty member at the University of Oklahoma since 1967, he served as Department Chair for 14 years. He recently completed a four-year term (2012‒2016) as President of the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO), a commission of both the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). For his work in the history of geology, he has won awards from the Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London. His OU honors include the Regents’ Award for Superior Professional and University Service (1994), and — by vote of the undergraduate honors students — the Glenn C. Couch Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1969).