Bachelor of Science, Jiaozuo Mining College, Jiaouo, China, 1978. Master of Science, China University Geosciences, Beijing, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tûbingen, Germany, 1991.
From lecturer to associate professor China University Geosciences, Beijing, 1982-1987. Researcher Geolog. & Paleontological Institute University Tübingen, 1987-2000. Consultant BHP Mineral International, Hernden, 1988—1995, Collector's Edge, Inc., Golden, Colorado, 2000—2002.
President Assiduity Authenticity Achievement (American Automobile Association) Minerals International Company Ltd, Tuebingen, 1999. Guest professor China University Mining and Technology, since 2002. Consultant Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., since 2002.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Association Sedimentology.
Married Caiping Yang, December 30, 1955. 1 child, Yang.