Abitur, Weilburg/Lahn, Federal Republic Germany, 1960. Staatsexamen, University Marburg/Lahn, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy and Habilitation, University Bonn/Rhein, 1976.
Assistant University Bonn/Rhein, 1966-1978. Professor University Hamburg, 1978, University Frankfurt/Main, 1979-1981. Professor Slavic studies University Basel, Switzerland, since 1981, director department Slavic studies Switzerland, 1981-1987.
Professor, director Slavic studies University Bamberg, Federal Republic Germany, since 1987.
Member Bavarian Academy of Sciences (Munich), Saxonian Academy of Sciences (Leipzig).
Married Heiderose Wick, 1964. Children: Andreas, Michael.