Diploma in physics, Bonn University, Germany, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Bonn University, Germany, 1984.
Research assistant Bonn University, Germany, 1984-1985. Research fellow European Organization of Nuclear Research, Geneva, 1985-1987. Research associate City University of New York, New York City, 1987-1990.
Member Institute Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1990-1992. Professor University Hannover, Germany, since 1992.
Married Sabine Beck, August 30, 1985. Children: Moritz, Robin.