He was born in London and attended Beckenham and Penge Grammar School. He won a scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, earning a BA with First Class Honours in Physics, and a DPhil in 1963.
He conducted Magnetic resonance research, at Clarendon Laboratory in 1963. He was Resident Fellow at Yale University in 1964. He conducted Neutron scattering research, at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, from 1964 to 1996.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1995
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