Master of Arts in Philosophy, University Leuven, Belgium, 1964. Master of Arts in Economics, University Cologne, Germany, 1968. Dr.rer.soc. in Sociology, University Constance, Germany, 1973.
Dr.rer.pol.habil., University Mannheim, Germany, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy honorary, University Stockholm, 2004.
Research associate University Constance, 1968—1974. Senior research associate University Frankfurt and Mannheim, 1974—1978. Research director VASMA/Mannheim University, 1978—1985.
Professor ordinary Mannheim University, since 1980, dean social science faculty, 1983—1984, 1990—1991, head research department Center for Eruopean Social Research, 1990—1992, 1996—2002, director Center European Social Research, since 2002. Member, chairman board advisors for census Federal Minister of Internal Affairs, Bonn, Germany, 1986—1989. Member committee on life courses perspective on middle and old age Social Science Research Council, New York, 1980—1985.
Visiting fellow Nuffield College, Oxford, England, 1988—1990. Guest professor University Geneva, Switzerland, 1994. Organizer, chair numerous national and international conferences.
Fellow: Center for Advanced Study in the Bhavioral Science. Member: International Sociological Organization (secretary research committee on social stratification 1973-1982), Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, European Council for Sociological Research (president 1997—2003), German Sociological Association (council member 1980-1988, 1992-1996).
Married Gislinde C. Kuemmel, September 26, 1968.