Dipl.biol., University Bonn, 1973. Doctor rerum naturalium, University Bonn, 1976. Dr.med.habil., University Bonn, 1982.
Head of junior research group, Max Planck Society, Munich, 1981-1986; professor, Technology U., Munich, since 1986.
Member European Academy for Science and Arts (founder).
Married Sylvia Richard, September 18, 1989 (divorced). 1 child, Rebecca Daphne. Married Angelika Boecker, March 25, 2001.