Diploma, University Giessen, Germany, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University Giessen, Germany, 1974. Habilitation, University Giessen, Germany, 1979.
Fellow Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1974-1975. Dozent University Giessen, 1979-1980. Associate professor University Bonn, Germany, 1980-1985.
Professor Technology University, Aachen, Germany, since 1985. Director department organic chemistry Technology University, since 1985.
Served to lieutenant Germany Army, 1965-1967. Member American Chemical Society, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Royal Society Chemistry London, Chemical Society Japan, Swiss Chemical Society.
Married Mechthild Lootze, May 29, 1971. Children: Philip, Frauke, Moritz, Mareike.