Certified in Law, Bonn University, 1958. Master of Arts, Fletcher School Law & Diplomacy, Boston, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Vienna University, 1970.
Ambassador German Fng. Service, Bonn, Boston, Budapest, Ouagadougou, 1964-1997. Ambassador, deputy head German United Nations Mission, New York City, 1987-1993.
Chief inspector German Foreign Service, 1993-1995, ambassador Ankara, Turkey, 1995-2000. Assistant professor international law Free University Berlin and Potsdam University, since 2000. German member United Nations contact group of Western Five for Namibia, 1977-1983.
Married Gesa Christine Altenburg, 1966. Children: Jutta, Christine.