Staatsexamen in pharmacy, University Marburg/Lahn, Federal Republic Germany, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, University Erlangen-Nuremburg, Federal Republic Germany, 1971.
Pharmaceutical scientist E. Merck AG, Darmstadt, Federal Republic Germany, 1965-1967. Postdoctoral fellow Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization, Canberra, Australia, 1972-1973. European Molecular Biology Organization fellow Nuclear Research Center "Demokritos", Greece, 1974.
Professor biology University Bremen, Federal Republic Germany, since 1975. Expert committee on seeds Council for Exceptional Children-Directorate General Agriculture, since 1999.
Member German Biologists Association (general secretary 1973-1982, 84-2000), European Communities Biologists Association (delegate since 1974).
Married Elfriede Thekla Eckert, June 16, 1939. Children: Heiko, Daniel.