Diploma in chemistry, University Hamburg, 1960. Doctor of Science, University Bonn, Germany, 1963. Habilitation, University Bonn, Germany, 1970.
Research assistant University Bonn, 1963-1970, lecturer, 1971-1972, associate professor, 1972-1979. Professor chemistry University Düsseldorf, Germany, 1979—2000, dean science faculty Germany, 1991-1992, retired, 2000. Guest professor Ateneo de Manila University, 1970.
Consultant in field, since 2000.
Fellow International Union Pure Applied Chemistry. Member German Chemical Society (branch chairman 1977-1978), American Chemical Society, Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences (honorary).
Married Gertraud Ida Zaake, May 11, 1962. Children: Marianne, Wolfgang, Gerhard.