Master in Engineering, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, 1979. Diploma in fluid dynamics, von Karman Institute, Rhode-St. Genese, Belgium, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Ruhr University, 1985.
Research assistant Ruhr University, Bochum, 1980-1985. Scientist Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt German Aerospace Center, Göttingen, 1985-2000, head software technical group for fluid mechanics, 1987-2000. Head department information technical and measurement technologies German-Dutch Windtunnel DNW, since 2000.
Lecturer Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany.
Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Visualization (conference co-chair 1995-1998, associate editor transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics), Eurographics (chairman visualization working group since 1997), Sun User Group of Germany (co-chair 1988-1990), Genealogic Heraldic Society Göttingen, Java User Group of Germany (chairman since 1999).
Married Nora Gattner, October 10, 1981. Children: Eva, Bastian.