Certified in toolmaking, Vocational School, Schmalkalden, 1969; degree in design engineering, School Engineering, Schmalkalden, 1977.
Teacher polytechnics, Pappenheim, Germany, 1977-1979; mayor, City of Pappenheim, 1979-1980; security agent for technical security, Pappenheim, 1980-1990; social manager, Arbeiterwohlfahrt, Schmalkalden & Ilmenau, Germany, since 1991.
Served with German military, 1969-1970. Member International Bee Research Association, American Beekeeping Federation, International Sklenar Honeybee Breeder Association (editor Bee Mother since 2000).
Married Elisabeth Doris Rau, August 27, 1977. Children: Susann, Constanze.