After finishing his B.A. (1948), M.A. (1949) and Ph. D. (1959) at the University of California, Los Angeles he came to Columbia as a visiting professor in 1966. In 1967 he was made professor of Sanskrit and remained in this position until his retirement in 1991.
- "Columbia News ::: Alex Wayman, Pioneer of Tibetology, Dies at 83". 2017-01-26. Archived from the original on 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
- Amanda Porterfield, The Transformation of American Religion : The Story of a Late-Twentieth-Century Awakening, Oxford University Press (2001), p. 159