Diploma in Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, 1972. Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, 1976. Dr.rer.pol.habil., Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, 1983.
Student, London School of Economics, 1969.
Assistant professor University Munich, 1972-1983, associate professor, 1984. Professor sociology University Hamburg, 1984-1995. Senior professor sociology University Marburg, since 1995.
Visiting scholar department sociology and committee on social thought University Chicago, 1981. Visiting professor Seminar for Sociology, University Cologne, 1988-1989. District visiting professor Center Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society, University South Florida, Tampa-St. Petersburg, 1989-1990.
Visiting scholar Institute Germanic Studies and Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1994-1995. Director d'Etudes Invité Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Social Sciences, Paris, 1995, Institute Sozial Wissen-schaften, Humboldt University, Berlin, 1999, Institute Sociology, University Munich, 2001-2004.
Member International Sociological Association (research committee on history of sociology, secretary, newsletter editor, program coordinator 1983-1992, vice president 1992-1998, president 1998-2002, member executive council since 2002), German Society Sociology (member Konzil 1999-2002, member executive council since 2003, member council of section political sociology 1995-1998, committee for code of ethics of German sociology 1989-1992), Deutscher Hochschulverband, European Association for Study of Science and Technology.