BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Iserlohn, Germany, February 9, 1954
MARITAL STATUS: Married, 2 children
EDUCATION AND: 1972 Graduation from the Maerkisches Gymnasium (High School) in Iserlohn. 1980 Diploma in Physics from the University of Cologne. 1985 Doctorate in the field of Solid State Physics at the University at Cologne.
EXPERIENCE: 1972 -1974 Served as volunteer with the German Federal Armed Forces. From 1980 to was a 1985 Member of the academic staff of the University of Cologne
Chosen as a German Science Astronaut in 1987. Assigned to the German D-2 mission in 1990. From 1990 - 1992 underwent D-2 mission Payload Specialist training in Houston, Texas. Flew aboard the STS-55 D-2 mission on April 26 - May 6, 1993 as Payload Specialist PS1. From 1994 Project Manager "German Satellite Data Archive" at DLR.
PUBLICATIONS: More than 40 different scientific publications. A book about his spaceflight was published in 1997.
Manned seven crew. Carried German Spacelab-D2. Payloads: Spacelab D-2 with long module, unique support structure (USS), and Reaction Kinetics in Glass Melts (RKGM) getaway special, Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) II.