- Born 1939 at Braubach
- Studies of Mathematics at Heidelberg and Saarbruecken
- 1964 Diploma
- 1965-1969 and again 1972-1974 Assistant at Institutes of Informatics at the Technische Universitaet Hannover and at the Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
- 1968 Dr.-Ing.
- 1970-1971 Project leader at Buderus'sche Eisenwerke Wetzlar
- 1974-1989 Professor for Informatics at the Technische Universitaet Braunschweig
- Since 1989 Professor for Informatics at the Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH); in addition 1995-2008 Scientific Head of the „Study Center for Visually Impaired Students"
- Host of 12 foreign scientists; four of them granted by the Humboldt Foundation
- 1992-2001 Speaker of the Graduiertenkolleg „Controllability of Complex Systems"
- 1986- Member of Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
- 1990 Visiting grant of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science
- 1992 Award of the (Hungarian) John von Neumann Society
- 2010 Honorary doctorate (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) from the Technische Universität Braunschweig
- 1972- Member of the German Informatics Society (GI)
- 1991- Member of Konrad-Zuse-Gesellschaft
- 1998- Member of Society of Scientists and Physicians (GdNAe)
- 1981-1987 Chairman of the German Deans' Conference of Informatics
- 1983-1985 Chairman of the Faculty for Mathematics, Informatics and Economics of the Techn. University Braunschweig
- 1990-1991 Vicepresident of the German Informatics Society (GI)
- 1992-1993 President of the German Informatics Society (GI)
- 1992-1999 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of „Kuratorium OFFIS", Oldenburg
- 1993-1994 Member of an Advisory Committee for Research in Lower Saxony
- 1993-1994 Vicepresident of Council of European Professional Informatics Societies
- 1993-1994 Chairman of the Faculty of Informatics
- 1995-1997 Founding Chairman of IFIP Working Group 1.5 "Cellular Automata and Machines"
- 1994-2002 Chairman of the GI Working Group "History of Informatics"
- Since 1995 Member of the Supervisory Board of the International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science (IBFI), now Leibniz Center for Informatics
- Corresponding Member of IFIP Working Group 3.2 "University Education"
- 1993- Member of „Kuratorium zur Verleihung der Konrad-Zuse-Medaille fuer Informatik"
- 1998-2008 Chairman of Konrad-Zuse-Gesellschaft
- 1998-2002 and again 2004-2006 member of the Senate of Universitaet Karlsruhe(TH)
- 2001- Honorary Member of OFFIS, Oldenburg
- 2006-2008 Chairman of the Faculty of Informatics
- Since 2008 Fellow of GI
- Member of editorial boards of some scientific journals
Main Research Interests:
- cellular automata