Physical chemist and NMR Sprectroscopy specialist who co-founded the University of Basel's Biozentrum.
He studied physics and chemistry at the University of Cologne and researched electron spin resonance at Stanford University.
He created methods to study the thermodynamic properties of cell membrains and the interactions of lipids and proteins in nuclear magnetic resonance.
He was born in Cologne, Germany.
He earned his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry.