Born on Mai 15, 1949 in Osnabrück. Study of chemistry Univ. of Münster (1967), Diploma in chemistry (1973), doctorate with Prof. Gassen Univ. of Münster (1973-1975), postdoctoral fellow with Prof. H. G. Wittmann at the MPI for Molecular Genetics, Berlin (1976-1980), Leader of a Max Planck junior research group, MPI f. Mol. Gen., Berlin (1981-1988), habilitation in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Free Univ. Berlin (1982), Professor for Physiological Chemistry and Molecular Biology Univ. Marburg (1988-1999), Director and Scientific Member at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, honorary professor at the Universities of Göttingen and Marburg. Numerous scientific prizes, among them the Max Planck Research Prize (1990), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (1996), the Feldberg Prize (2002), and the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine (2003).