Master of Arts in Psychology, Munich University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, Regensburg University, Federal Republic Germany, 1969.
Assistant professor Department Sociology, University Munich, 1964-1965. With Department Sociology, University California, Berkeley, 1965-1966. Research associate, Harkness Fellow Department Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1967.
Assistant professor Department Sociology, University Regensburg, 1967-1972. Visiting professor Department Sociology, University Minnesota, 1971. Professor sociology Department Social Sciences, University Bremen, Federal Republic Germany, since 1972.
Visiting professor Department Anthropology, Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1982-1983. Fellow Netherlands Institute Advanced Study, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, since 1989. Vice president for research Bremen University, 1984-1986, director Graduate School Social Science, 2002-2004.
Chairman Collaborative Research Programme "Status Passages and Social Risks in the Life Course", Bremen, since 1988. Visiting professor Life Course Center, University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1992. Noted scholar University British Columbia, Vancouver, 1992.
Distinguished visiting professor University Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1995. Visiting chair for European and German Studies, University Toronto, Canada, 1995-1996. Director International Organization for Standardization-Research Institute of Social Opportunities, Cologne, 1998-2004.
Member R.C. Alienation, International Sociological Association (board directors since 1986), American Sociological Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Soziologie.
Married Eva C. Drust, 1965. Children: Oliver, Nina.