Dr.phil., University Marburg, 1973. Dr.habil., University Siegen, 1981.
Assistant English Literature University Siegen, 1973-1981, university lecturer, 1981-1982, assistant professor, 1982-1987, associate professor English Literature/British Intellectual/Cultural History, since 1987. Visiting professor Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg, 1985. Visiting professor Ernst-Moritz Arudt University Greifswald, 1991-1993, chair department English literature and British cultural studies, since 1994.
Visiting scholar Wolfson College, Cambridge University, 1996-1997. Honorary research scholar University Glasgow, 1996.
Member Modern Language Association, German Society for English Romanticism, American Society 18th Century Studies, Society for History of Science, Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts.
Children: Christoph Martin, Katja, Bettina.