Staatsexamen, Marburg University, Germany, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Marburg University, Germany, 1960. Habilitation, Marburg University, Germany, 1970.
Assistant Marburg University, 1961-1969, professor, 1970, Stuttgart (Germany) University, 1971. Professor English Wuppertal University, Germany, 1972-1999, professor emeritus, 1999.
Member Deutscher Anglistenverband, Modern Language Association, International Association Study of Irish Literature (chairman 1989-1992, vice chairman 1992-1995), Rotary.
Married Gillian Ann Lyel, 1960. Children: Karen Heide, Jens Rainer.