1959 Abitur, 1959-1965 Study of Physics at the Universities of Marburg (Germany), Innsbruck (Österreich) and Kiel (Germany)
1969-1971 PostDoc, NASA Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
1971-1984 Research Assistant, Akademischer (O)Rat, University Tübingen, Germany.
since 1985 Professor Astrophysics, University Tübingen, Germany.
since 2004 retired.
Committee on Space Research (Vice-Chair E since 1994), International Astron. Union (IAU), Astronomical Society (AG), German Physical Society (DPG).
Rüdiger married to Ursula Staubert and has two children.