Diploma in physics and mathematics, Free University Berlin, 1955. Doctor Natural Sciences, Free University Berlin, 1957. Habilitation, Free University Berlin, 1963.
Doctor honoris causa, University Umeå, Sweden, 1985.
Assistant professor, U. Erlangen (Germany) and University Berlin, 1957-1963; associate professor physics, U. Stuttart, Germany, 1963-1966; professor, U. Stuttart, Germany, since 1966; vice president, U. Stuttart, Germany, 1978-1980.
Married Evelyn Sievers, May 28, 1958 (deceased 1996). Children: Sophia, Irene. Married Ursula Ronsch, April 6, 1999.