Diploma in Physics, University Cologne, Mainz, 1967. Diploma in Library. Science, Library. School Frankfurt, Germany, 1970.
Professor, University Frankfurt, 1986.
Library. State/University Library., Darmstadt, 1970-1973, City/University Library., Frankfurt, 1973-1987. Director-general The National Library, since 1988. President Stiftung Preußicher Kulturbesik, Berlin, since 1999.
Professor University Frankfurt, since 1986. Consultant in field; doctor honorary schaetze der Weltkulturen, 2000. Board directors CLIR, Washington, Kuratorium Deutsches Museum, Geothe-Iurtitul, Kuratorium Humboidl University, Berlin, Kulturshltung der Laender.
Member Academy Science Mainz, Conference European National Libraries, Preussischer Kultur-Besitz (chairman division professional committees), International Federation Library. Assns. and Institutions (Executive Board directors), Council Library. and Information Resource (Europeancommn. preservation and access).
Married Lieselotte Maria Schiep, June 4, 1965. Children: Lutz, Lisa.