H. Berke received his Diploma in Chemistry at the University of Erlangen (Germany) in 1971 and his Ph. D. at the University of Tübingen (Germany) in 1974. From 1974 - 1988 he has been at the University of Konstanz (Germany) with an intermedi-ate stay in the Laboratory of R. Hoffmann, Cornell University, Ithaca (USA) in 1977. In 1981 he fin-ished his Habilitation and in 1983 he was awarded the Heisenberg fellowship from the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" and the Dozentenpreis of the Fonds der Chemischen In-dustrie (Germany). In 1987 he was promoted to a C2 Professor at the University of Konstanz before he joined the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in 1988 as a full professor of Inorganic Chemistry. In 1991 he became director of this institute and stayed at this position 2005. in 2012 he was retired.