Robert N. Clayton was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1930. He received his undergraduate degree in 1951 and his master's degree in 1952, both from Queen's University in Ontario. He then attended the California Institute of Technology to complete his Ph.D., which he received in 1955. Following his degree work, Dr. Clayton spent several years on the faculty of Penn State before taking a position at the University of Chicago in 1958.
Among his many honors, Dr. Clayton is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; a Fellow of the Royal Society (London); and a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada.
Information as of 1985