The father of biochemical engineering who wrote a dissertation that quantified the amount of oxygen necessary to fuel the fermentation process used to make penicillin. He was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia from 1979 to 1994.
He studied chemical engineering at Columbia University.
He served as a communications officer during WWII.
He married Jennifer Gaden, who became his widow.
He is a contemporary of fellow biochemist Michael Denton.