Master, University Kiel, Kiel, Federal Republic of Germany, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, University Marburg, Marburg, Federal Republic of Germany, 1966.
Research associate, U. Marburg, 1966-1971; senior researcher, U. Marburg, 1973-1983; head of music, U. Marburg, since 1983; research associate, University of Chicago, 1971-1972.
Member American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America, Mineralogical Association Canada, German Mineralogical Society, Austrian Mineralogical Society.
Married Sigrid Karin Sperendioano, December 22, 1971. Children: Anja, Olaf, Ingo.