studied physics, computer science and history of science at the University of Hamburg. After his studies he worked as a system engineer for the German defence industry. In 2005 he published his doctoral dissertation at the department of mathematics at the University of Hamburg. In his Ph.D. thesis the author analyzed the technological processes in the development of the ballistic missile in Peenemünde. The work was founded by the Smithsonian Institution and the Research Institute of the Deutsche Museum Munich.