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Famous Germans

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B
  • Konrad Adenauer former chancellor
  • Alois Alzheimer psychiatirst, neuropathologist, identified alzheimer disease
  • Arminius (Hermann) military commander, tribal warlord
  • Johann Sebastian Bach composer
  • Karl Baedeker publisher, travel guide author
  • Michael Ballhaus cinematographer
  • Anton de Bary surgeon, botanist, microbiologist
  • Bruno Bauer political theorist and philosopher
  • Franz Beckenbauer football player
  • Boris Becker tennis player
  • Ludwig van Beethoven composer
  • Peter Behrens architect, designer
  • Carl Benz co-inventor gasoline-powered auto
  • Otto von Bismarck imperial chancellor
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer pastor, theologian, martyr
  • Hugo Boss fashion designer
  • Johannes Brahms composer
  • Willy Brandt politician, chancellor, nobel laureate
  • Wernher von Braun engineer, rocket scientist
  • Bertolt Brecht playwright, poet
  • Max Bruch composer
C - E
  • Charlemagne (Karl der Grobe) emperor holy roman empire; king of the franks
  • Gottlieb Daimler co-inventor gasoline-powered auto
  • Adolf "Adi" Dassler founder adidas sportswear
  • Rudolf Diesel inventor of diesel engine
  • Marlene Dietrich actress, singer
  • Albrecht Durer painter
  • Rudi Dutschke leader german student movement
  • Carl Friedrich Echtermeier sculptor
  • Egon Eiermann architect, designer
  • Albert Einstein scientist, theoretical physicist
  • Hanns Eisler composer
  • Roland Emmerich director, screenwriter, producer
  • Michael Ende author fantasy novels, children's books
  • Friedrich Engels philosopher, political economist
  • William Entenmann baker, founder entenmann's bakery
  • Erik Erikson psychologist, psychoanalyst, coined phrase "identity crisis"
  • Max Ernst surrealist painter
F - G
  • Gabriel Fahrenheit physicist, engineer, inventor fahrenheit temperature scale
  • Adolf Eugen Fick inventor of contact lenses
  • Siegfried Fischbacher illusionist, magician
  • Friedrich von Flotow composer
  • Theodor Fontane novelist and poet
  • Anne Frank diarist, holocaust victim
  • Wilhelm Siegmund Frei dermatologist
  • Erich Fromm psychologist
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe author, poet
  • Steffi Graf tennis player
  • Gunter Grass author
  • Brothers Grimm collectors/publishers of fairy tales
  • Walter Adolph Gropius architect, founder bauhaus
  • Johannes Gutenberg inventor printing press

H - J

  • Gunther von Hagens anatomist, inventor plastination
  • Georg Friedrich Handel opera composer
  • Georg Wilhelm Hegel philosopher
  • Heinrich Heine journalist, essayist, poet
  • Werner Karl Heisenberg physicist, nobel prize laureate, founder quantum mechanics
  • Fanny Hensel composer
  • Alfred Herrhausen banker, chairman deutsche bank
  • Heinrich Rudolf Hertz physicist, mechanician
  • Hermann Hesse author
  • Paul Hindemith composer
  • Adolf Hitler politician, Nazi party leader (born in Austria)
  • E.T.A. Hoffmann author
  • Hans Holbein illustrator, painter
  • Erich Honecker politician
  • August Horch car designer and manufacturer
  • Roy Horn illusionist, animal conservationist
  • Karen Horney psychoanalyst
  • Alexander von Humboldt naturalist, explorer
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt diplomat, philosopher, linguist
  • Helmut Jahn architect, designer
  • Ernst Junger writer, novelist
  • Hugo Junkers aircraft engineer
K - L
  • Immanuel Kant philosopher
  • Bill Kaulitz singer
  • Tom Kaulitz musician
  • Friedrich Kellner diarist
  • Johannas Kepler mathematician, astronomer, astrologer
  • Henry Kissinger diplomat, noble prize winner
  • Ludwig Klages philosopher
  • Paul Klee artist
  • Heinrich von Kleist poet, dramatist, author
  • Heidi Klum actress, model
  • Robert Koch physician,bacteriologist, nobel prize laureate; founder bacteriology
  • Horst Kohler former president
  • Karl Lagerfield fashion designer
  • Fritz Lang film director
  • Bernhard Langer golfer
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz philosopher, mathmatician

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.