He studied in England at Imperial College of Science and Technology and received his B.Sc.(Eng.), Ph.D. and D.Sc.(Eng.) degrees from the University of London. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of several societies, including the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has published more than 500 technical papers.
He has been honored by a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, by McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award, by IEEE Canada’s A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal, and by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society: by the Microwave Application Award and by the Microwave Career Award—both awards to a Canadian for the first time.
In 2016 he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada “For his scientific contributions that have helped to position Canada at the forefront of microwave engineering.”
Active in artistic endeavors, John has authored fiction and non-fiction, including a screenplay and nine stage plays. Four of his plays have been performed, one he directed himself. Videos of some of his work, and talks on communication, persuasion, and creativity can be found on the internet.