Famous for his Academy Award-winning visual effects work on the 1979 science fiction feature Alien, this English cinematographer is also remembered for his work on the 1963 musical movie The Cool Mikado and on the 1967 documentary film 9 Days in Summer.
During the World War II years, he served in Burma as a member of the Royal Air Force's photographic unit.
He directed a 1961 short documentary film titled Men on Wheels.
He was born and raised in London, England.
He and fellow Academy Award-winning English cinematographer Freddie Francis were born in the same year.