Bachelor of Science in Biology, University Cologne, Germany, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy in Science Medicine, University Essen, Germany, 1998.
Science assistant, Zoological Institute, Cologne, 1973-1975; application assistant, IMANCO, Offenbach, Germany, 1975-1976; application manager, Cambridge Instruments, Dortmund, Germany, 1976-1987; marketing manager, Analytic & Svc., Dortmund, 1987-1990; general manager, DAISY GmbH, Wetter, 1990-1992; research scientist, Hygiene Institute, Essen, 1992-1994; product manager, Kontron Elektronik, Eching, 1995-1997; product manager, Carl Zeiss Vision, Eching, since 1997.
Sergeant Germany Army, 1968-1969. Member German Society Metallurgy, German Zoological Society, New York Academy of Sciences.
Married Hedwig Grosse Niesse, April 2, 1976. 1 child, Sebastian.