Bachelor of Science Physics, Goteborg University, 1966. Master of Science Physics, Goteborg University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy Physics, Goteborg University, 1974.
Research associate/assistant professor, Chalmers University Technology, Goteborg, 1974-1982;
docent/associate professor, Chalmers University Technology, Goteborg, 1982-1983;
professor, Chalmers University Technology, Goteborg, since 1983. Board directors Chalmers Industrial Technology, since 1985, Svenska Kullagerfabriken Nova, Quartz Pro Instrument. Initiator, chairman Center Basic Combustion Research, Chalmers, 1985-1987.
Member science board Volvo Research Foundation, 1986-1994, Perstorp Research Foundation, 1986-1993. Member steering committee Interdisciplinary Research Center Surface Science, U. Liverpool, 1988-1995. Member steering committee European Social Fund Association Program, since 1990.
Consortium leader Biomaterial Consortium, program director SSF Edition and Research Program, since 1990. Chairman engineering physics Swedish Research Council for Engineering Science, Sweden, 1991-1995. Member Swedish Government Committee on Research, 1995-1996.
Initiator, board directors Competence Center for Catalysis, Chalmers University Technology, 1995. Expert evaluator The Academy of Finland, 1995. Member of advisory board Swedish National Board for Technology Development.
Member American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Vacuum Society, Biomaterials Society, Swedish Academy of Engrings. Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Sciences (vice president since 1999).
Married Lena Kristina Sjovall, April 5, 1969. Children: Andreas, Jonas, Anna, Katarina.