Burkhard Fricke was born on 17. June 1941. He went to school in Weilburg and Frankfurt/ Main where he passed his Abitur in March 1960. From 1960 to 1961 he performed his Military Service.
From 1962 to 1966 he was a student of Phyiscs at the Technical High School in Darmstadt where he obtained his Diploma in Physics in January 1967. He got his PhD at the University of Frankfurt/Main in April 1970. In 1968 he married Renate Aichel, and they have three children who were born in 1973, 1975 and 1977.
He continued as a postdoc at the Northwestern University in Evanston, USA, for two years. From 1972-1974 he became a scientist at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt where he was the first theoretician. In December 1973 he finished his Habilitation at the University of Frankfurt. In April 1974 he became a full professor in Theoretical Physics at the University of Kassel.
He has twice been head of the Department of Physics and from 1990 to 1994 he was the vice president of the University of Kassel. Since 2003 he is the dean of the newly founded Faculty of Natural Sciences. His most important activities outside the University were board member of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and senior referee of Physics at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Since 1989 he is an editor of the Physics Journal "Physics Letters A".
He was a guest scientist at CENG Grenoble, France (1978 to 1979), Chalmers University Göteborg, Sweden (1982), Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA (1986), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA (1994 to 1995), Kyoto University, Japan (1999) as well as Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and University of Auckland, New Zealand (2003/2004). He is working in the following research fields: Quantum-Electrodynamic corrections in Atoms; Myonic Atoms; Relativistic Atomic Structure Calculations; Chemistry of Superheavy Elements; Relativistic Molecular Structure Calculations; Ion-Atom Scattering; Cluster Calculation; Adsorption on Surfaces.