Student, State College Basel, 1963. Student, Polytechnic Institute Stockholm, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Basel, Switzerland, 1987.
Group leader Research and Development department Contraves, Stockholm, 1964—1966. Research assistant and research staff member International Business Machines Corporation Zurich Research Laboratory, Ruschlikon, Switzerland, 1966—2004. Director, scientific commission, National Center Competence for Nanoscale Science, Institute Physics, Basel, Switzerland, since 2004.
Consultant University Washington, Seattle, 1985, University California, Berkeley, California, 1985, Santa Barbara, 85, University Marseilles, France, 1986, Park Scientific, Sunnyvale, California, 1990, Atomcraft project, Tsukuba, Japan, 1994—1996, Vecco Digital Instruments, Santa Barbara, California, 2000—2001, University Augsburg, Germany, 1998, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Switzerland, 1996—2000, Concentris Basel, Switzerland, CRANN Nanocenter Trinity College, Dublin. Assignment International Business Machines Corporation Research Center, Almaden, California, 1985—1986. Assignment, International Business Machines Corporation physics group University Munich, Germany, 1987—1989.
Visiting scientist University Madrid, Madrid, 1983, University Santa Barbara, California, 1985, California Institute of Technology, 1985, Stanford University, 1985—1986. Visiting professor Tohoku University, Institute for Materials Research, Sendai, Japan, 1997—1998, Sendai, 2001—2002. Co-organizer Master of Sacred Theology Conference, Interlaken, Switzerland, 1991.
Chairman Plenary Session International Conference on Master of Sacred Theology, Bejing, China, 1993. Invited consultant North Atlantic Treaty Organization program in Nanoscale Science, 1993—1997. Co-director North Atlantic Treaty Organization Workshop, Cambridge, England, 1994, director, Loch Lomond, Scotland, 95.
Co-organizer Japanese-Swiss Science Seminar, Ascona, Switzerland, 1996. Co-project leader Swiss Science Foundation, 1996—1998. Project leader Swiss Priority Program on Micro- and Nanosystems, 1996—1999.
Chairman International Conference Master of Sacred Theology/AFM application, Dresden, Germany, 1997, Conference Directors North Atlantic Treaty Organization Workshops and Schools in Nanoscale Science, Toldeo, Spain, 1997, Application SPM, Cambridge, 1997. Co-chairman SXM 3 Conference Technological Application of Scanning Probe Methods, Basel, Switzerland, 1998, Conference Noncontact Dynamic AFM, Pontresina, Switzerland, 2000. Chief judge for science talent search National Science and Technology Board, State of Singapore, 2001.
Member innovation committee National Program TOP Nano 21, Switzerland, 2001. Project leader, molecular machinery NCCR Swiss National Program for Nanoscience, 2001. Member steering committee Consortium Intramolecular Computation, 2001, NCAFM Conference, Dublin, 2002.
Member scientific committee EMN04, Paris, 04. Member external expert panel faculty position professor in Bio/Nanoscience University Lund, Sweden, 2004. Advisory ATI Advanced Technology Institute, Tokyo, 2005.
Project leader, member advisory board European Framework 6, Nano Safe, Brussels, 2005. Member advisory board Nanocenter CRANN Trinity College, Dublin, 2005. Co-organizer ICN&T2006, Basel, Switzerland, 2006.
Invited speaker in field.
Fellow: American Physical Society, World Technology Network (co-recipient, World Technical award-Information Technology Hardware 2006). Member: Chinese Academy of Sciences (member steering committee International Center Quantum Structure 2000), Swiss Nanosci. and Technology Society.