In 1964 he received a BS in chemistry from the University of Vermont. He was employed by Boeing on project Apollo and later worked on the Mars Project. In 1968, he decided to return to school to study under Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac in quantum mechanics at the University of Miami, Coral Gables; obtaining his Ph.D. in 2.5 years.
He purchased a yacht to live on during his Ph.D. studies. He explored the Bahamian Blue holes and discovered deep caverns with stalagmites and stalactites. Jacque Cousteau was impressed and made it the subject of a documentary. During the yacht’s maiden voyage one passenger went below and was poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO) creating a strong interest in carbon monoxide detection.
After he received his Ph.D., Dr. Levin founded his first company, which focused on airplane oceanography, remote sensing and flying into hurricanes. He invented several sensor products, which were used for research and anti-submarine warfare. Years later he served as one of the science advisors to US President Ford. He went to Japan and served as Senior Technical Advisor for the largest Japanese engineering and construction company. After returning from Japan, Dr. Levin founded a company to provide expert witness and forensic consulting.
In 1989, Dr. Levin invented the biomimetic CO sensor. His company, developed, manufactured and sold over 31 million CO sensors in the USA before he retired in 2014 to write science fiction his true calling.