Born on 7th March, 1949, in Treysa. Study of chemistry, doctorate Univ. Marburg (1973)postdoc Univ. of Texas (1973-1975), habilitation in theoretical chemistry Univ. of Marburg (1981), C3-Professor Univ. of Wuppertal (1983-1992), Full Professor of Chemistry Univ. of Zürich (1992-1999), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute of Coal Research (since 1999), Honorary Professor Univ. of Düsseldorf (since 2001).