Born March 21, 1941, in Poperinge, Belgium. Married. Two children. Hobbies include running, bicycling, walking, traveling, and chess.
Elementary School at Poperinge. Secondary School at Atheneum at Ghent, Belgium. Received degree of electrotechnical engineer at State University of Ghent in 1963; a doctorate in applied physics from University of Ghent in 1970; post-doctorate at University of Colorado, Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (ESRO fellow) in 1971-1972.
Associate member of Belgian National Council for Space Research. Member of KVIV (Royal Association of Flemish Engineers). Association of Engineers from University of Ghent.
More than 30 publications relating to Atmospheric Physics Experiments, Crew Training for Spacelab, and Microgravity Experiments.
1971-72 Postdoctoral Research Fellow from ESRO (European Space Research Organization).
After receiving a degree in electronical engineer (1963) and a doctorate in applied physics (1970) at the university of Ghent.
He did a post-doctorate at the University of Colorado,
in the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (1972).
He worked at the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy until 1978.