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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.

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  • Max Liebermann painter
  • Otto Lilienthal aviation pioneer
  • Till Lindemann musician, poet
  • Hans Lippershey lensmaker, inventor of telescope
  • Georg Listing musician
  • Ludwig II of Bavaria king of bavaria; "swan king"
  • Markus Lupertz painter and sculptor
  • Martin Luther priest, professor, reformer, theologian
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  • Thomas Mann author
  • Heinrich Mann author
  • Siegfried Marcus automobile pioneer
  • Christian Friedrich Martin inventor steel-string guitar
  • Karl Marx philosopher, sociologist
  • Karl May author
  • Ulrike Marie Meinhof journalist, co-founder red army
  • Felix Mendelssohn composer
  • Moses Mendelssohn philosopher
  • Gerardus Mercator cartographer
  • Ottmar Mergenthaler inventor linotype
  • Angela Merkel german chancellor
  • Heinrich Meyerfreund founder garoto chocolate co.
N - P
  • Thomas Nast caricaturist, cartoonist
  • Helmut Newton fashion photographer
  • Friedrich Nietzche philosopher
  • Adolph Northen artist
  • Novalis poet and novelist
  • Dirk Nowitzki nba basketball player
  • Jacques Offenbach composer
  • Georg Simon Ohm physicist, educator
  • Wilhelm Ostwald chemist, philosopher
  • Frei Otto architect, research scientist
  • Nikolaus Otto inventor
  • Johann Pachelbel organist, composer
  • Wolfgang Petersen film director
  • Ferdinand Alexander Porsche automobile designer
  • Ferry Porsche founder of porsche automobiles
  • Franka Potente actress
R
  • Karl Rahner theologian
  • Leopold von Ranke historian, author
  • Josef Alois Ratzinger pope benedict xvi
  • Paul Reuter journalist, founder reuters news agency
  • Erwin Johannes Eugen "Desert Fox" Rommel field marshall world war II
  • Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen physicist, inventor electromagnetic radiation (X-rays), nobel laureate
  • Karl-Heinz "Kalle" Rummenigge football player
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  • Gustav Schafer musician
  • Friedrich Schelling philosopher
  • Claudia Schiffer model
  • Friedrich Schiller poet, playwright
  • Peter Schilling musician
  • Oskar Schindler industrialist, world war II hero
  • Max Schmeling boxing champion
  • Carl Schmitt political theorist
  • Arthur Schopenhauer philosopher
  • Detlef Schrempf basketball player
  • Gerhard Schroder former german chancellor
  • Fritz Schumacher architect, urban designer
  • Michael Schumacher seven-time F1 world champion race car driver
  • Robert Schumann composer
  • Carl Schurz u.s. senator
  • Heinrich Schutz composer
  • Albert Schweitzer physician, humanitarian
  • Carl Semper ecologist
  • Henry Shultz entreprenuer
  • Georg Simmel philosopher, sociologist
  • Heidi Simonis first woman govenor of german state
  • Elke Sommer actress
  • William Stern psychologist, philosopher
  • Levi Strauss founder levi strauss jeans
  • Richard Strauss opera composer
U - Z
  • Bernd Ullrich painter, sculptor
  • Max Vasmer linguist
  • Jesco von Puttkamer space scientist, engineer
  • Manfred von Richthofen world war I pilot (Red Baron)
  • Rudolph Virchow pioneer of medicine
  • Klaus Voormann artist, musician, record producer
  • Richard Wagner composer
  • Felix Wankel inventor of wankel engine
  • August von Wassermann pathologist
  • Kurt Weill composer
  • Mats Wilander tennis player
  • Katerina Witt ice skater
  • Christian Wilhelm Walter Wulff former president
  • Wilhelm Wundt psychologist
  • Carl Zeiss optician, zeiss lenses
  • Ferdinand von Zeppelin airship inventor
  • Hans Zimmer composer
  • Konrad Zuse computer pioneer
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Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Schwerin
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.