Born on June 17, 1956 in Kapellensüng. Study of physics (1974), doctorate National Nuclear Research Site Jülich, Cologne Univ. (1983), Mainz Univ. (1984-1988), German Habilitation in theoretical physics (1988), Exxon Research and Engineering (1984/1985), senior scientist National Research Centre Jülich (1988-1995), Bayer AG Leverkusen (1995), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (since 1995), Adj. Professor Mainz Univ. (1996).