Born on April 5, 1960, in Ulm. Study of chemistry and physics Frankfurt/M. (1979), diploma in chemistry (1984), doctorate with Prof. Kessler, Frankfurt Univ. (1986), postdoctoral fellow with Prof. R.R. Ernst, ETH Zurich (1986-1989), Professor for organic chemistry at Univ. Frankfurt/Main (1990), Director and Scientific Member at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (since 1999), Honorary Professor at the Univ. of Göttingen. Numerous prestigious scientific awards, among others the Sommerfeld Prize (1997), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (1998) and the Bayer Prize (2003). Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen and the Nationeale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina. Funded by an ERC advanced grant since 2008.