I obtained my B.Sc. degree at McGill University in 1972, majoring in chemistry. I then went on to graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, specializing in statistical mechanics of liquids, and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1976. Following that, I did a 16-month postdoc at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Department of Mechanics, again researching several aspects of the statistical mechanics of liquids, especially interfacial phenomena. I then did a further 8-month postdoc at the National Research Council in Ottawa, continuing my previous research.
In September 1978, I joined the faculty of the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph, where I have been ever since. Since then, I have held short-term Visiting Professorships at Cornell University and McGill University. From 2002 to 2005, I served as Director of the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute, the joint graduate program in physics at the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo. Prior to that, as well as in the period following that until 2008, I also served as departmental graduate coordinator.