Born on 14th January, 1940, in Dresden; Study of chemistry at Münster Univ.; Diploma degree (1964); Dr. rer. nat. (1966); Habilitation in inorganic chemistry (1971); Associate Professor in Münster (1972); Scientific Member of the MPS and Director at the MPI for Solid State Research (since 1974); Honorary Professor Stuttgart Technical Univ. (1975).