Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Cairo University, 1970. Diploma in chemistry, Göttingen University, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, Göttingen University, 1977.
Degree (honorary), Cairo University, 1977.
Postdoctoral fellow, Max-Planck Institute, Göttingen, 1977-1978; research associate, Technology U., Berlin, 1978-1982; assistant professor, Technology U., Berlin, 1982-1990; professor, Philipps U., Marburg, Germany, since 1990. Sabatical Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1986.
Married Sigrid Maria Muss, September 15, 1977. Children: Lisa, Tim, Hanna.