Diplom-Geologe, Technology University Clausthal, Germany, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Technology University Clausthal, Germany, 1970. Doctorate (honorary), Technology University, Freiberg, Germany, 1999.
Senior exploration geologist Metallgesellschaft AG, Frankfurt, Germany, 1970-1979. Referent Federal Minister Economics, Bonn, 1979-1982. Director exploration Metallgesellschaft of Australia, Melbourne, 1982-1986.
Head division economic geology Federal Institute for Geosci. and Natural Resources, Hannover, 1987-1996, president, since 1996.
Married Helgard Erika Elfriede von Maltzahn, July 17, 1970. 1 child, Georg.