He excelled as an undergraduate at the University of Tasmania, gaining Distinctions and Higher Distinctions in all his subjects.
He did Honours in Chemistry on polyhalides with Dr G.H. Cheeseman, being awarded a 1st class Honours Degree in 1968.
His PhD studies were on Intermolecular Potentials with Dr Tom Spurling. This was completed at CSIRO division
of Applied Chemistry at Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne. His PhD was awarded in 1972.