Bachelor of Science, University Bielefeld, Germany, 1977. Master of Science, University Munster, Germany, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy, University Munster, Germany, 1982.
Habilitation, University Munster, Germany, 1993.
Postdoctoral fellow Cornell University, 1984-1986. Research fellow University Munster, 1987-1991. Postdoctoral fellow Ames (Iowa) Laboratory, 1989.
Associate professor University Mainz, Germany, 1991-1996, professor Germany, since 1996.
Married Heike Schmidt-Schachtsiek, August 10, 1982. Children: Kirsten, Kim, Nils, Lennart, Shirley.