Multi-instrumentalist who helped found the electronic music group Kraftwerk.
He studied at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid before founding Kraftwerk with Ralf Hütter in 1970.
The track "V-2 Schneider" on David Bowie's album Heroes is titled after him.
He has a daughter named Lisa and he is the son of architect Paul Schneider-Esleben.
David Bowie was greatly influenced by his music and sound.