Degree in Chemistry, Technology University Munich, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Technology University Munich, 1963. Doctor (honorary), University Catholic de Louvain, 1987.
Doctor (honorary), University Ljubljana, 1989. Doctor (honorary), University Nova de Lisboa, 2000. Doctor (honorary), University Autònoma de Barcelona, 2000.
Doctor (honorary), Tsinghua University, 2003.
Professor, director Max-Planck Institute Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, 1972—2005. Director emeritus Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, since 2005. Vis professor, researcher Center Medical Biotechnology, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, since 2005.
Vis professor Cardiff University, Wales, since 2007. Visiting professor University Autonoma Barcelona, 2001, National University Singapore, 2005. Honorary professor Ocean University, Qingdao, China, 2002, Peking University, 2003, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, 2003, Shanghai Second Medical University, 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tang University, China, 2005, University Sevilla, 2006.
Lotte distinguished professor Seoul National University, 2005.
Fellow: American Academy Microbiology, Third World Academy of Sciences (associate). Member: National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), German Academy Natural Scientists Leopoldina, Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Society Biological Chemistry (Otto-Warburg medal 1977), Croatian Academy of Sciences & Arts (correspondent), American Society Biological Chemists (honorary), Japanese Bio-chemical Society (honorary), Swedish Society.r Biophysics (honorary), Spanish Society Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (honorary), German Chemical Society (Richard-Kuhn medal 1987), European Academy Arts, Sciences & Humanities, Royal Society (foreign).
Married Christa Huber, 1960. Children: Ulrike, Martin, Robert, Julia.