Robert Heron Bork graduated from the University of Chicago in 1948. As a member of the United States Marine Corps reserve, he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He earned his law degree from the same university in 1953, and worked for Chicago's largest law firm from 1955-62, specializing in antitrust cases. He left for Yale Law School in 1962, where he taught until 1981.
Mr. Bork took time away from teaching to be US solicitor general from 1973-77, arguing government cases before the US Supreme Court.
He is perhaps best known for his stint as acting US attorney general from 1973-74, when he fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. He was affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, from 1977 to 1982.
President Reagan appointed Bork to the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, in 1982.
Politically, Bork early was what he describes as a ``conventional New Deal liberal,'' but says he became a conservative in law school. He is the author of ``The Antitrust Paradox: A Policy at War with Itself'' (1978).