Famous 21st Century German Scientists

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Juliane Koepcke
(Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash)
Juliane Koepcke
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Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Juliane Koepcke is a German Peruvian mammalogist. She is well-known for being the only survivor of the Líneas Aéreas Nacionales S.A. Flight 508 plane crash; she survived ten days in the Amazon rainforest after surviving a fall of 9843 feet while strapped to her airplane seat. Her story inspired films like Miracles Still Happen (1974) and Wings of Hope (1998).
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John B. Goodenough
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Birthdate: July 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jena, Germany

John B. Goodenough is an American solid-state physicist and materials scientist. He is credited with developing the lithium-ion battery. In 2019, he became the oldest person to receive a Nobel Prize when he was honored with the prestigious award for his work on lithium-ion batteries. He is also a recipient of the Copley Medal and the National Medal of Science.

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Peter Scholze
(Mathematician, University teacher)
Peter Scholze
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Birthdate: December 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dresden
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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
(German Developmental Biologist and Winner of 1995 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
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Birthdate: October 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is a German developmental biologist. She studied at the University of Tübingen where she earned a Ph.D. for her research on protein–DNA interactions. Together with biologist Eric Wieschaus and geneticist Edward B. Lewis, she received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1995. She is also a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. 

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Sebastian Thrun
(Computer scientist)
Sebastian Thrun
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Birthdate: May 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Solingen, West Germany
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Özlem Türeci
(Physician, Scientist)
Özlem Türeci
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Birthdate: March 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lastrup, West Germany
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Joachim Sauer
(Quantum Chemist and Professor Emeritus of Physical and Theoretical)
Joachim Sauer
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Birthdate: April 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hosena, Senftenberg, Germany

Joachim Sauer is a German professor emeritus of theoretical and physical chemistry at the prestigious Humboldt University of Berlin. Sauer is an active research scientist in computational and quantum chemistry. His work has helped understand the structures and activities of catalysts like zeolites. Joachim Sauer has won several prestigious awards such as the Schrödinger Medal and Liebig Medal.

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Sucharit Bhakdi
(Thai-German Retired Microbiologist Who Termed COVID-19 Pandemic as "Fake")
Sucharit Bhakdi
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Birthdate: November 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Sucharit Bhakdi is a Thai-German retired microbiologist. Although a reputed scientist with a number of prestigious awards under his belt, Bhakdi achieved infamy during the COVID-19 pandemic when he claimed that the pandemic was fake and that the vaccines were being administered to decimate the world's population. Sucharit Bhakdi is the recipient of the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize among other awards.

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Steve Shirley
(Computer scientist, Feminist)
Steve Shirley
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Birthdate: September 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dortmund

Born Vera Buchthal, Steve Shirley moved from Germany to Britain as a child refugee during the Nazi regime. Later, going by the name Stephanie Brook, she began learning coding. Battling a male-dominated workplace environment, she changed her name to Steve. The celebrated scientist now runs a charitable foundation.

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Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim
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Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Heppenheim, Germany

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim is a German chemist, television presenter, science communicator, and YouTuber. A multi-talented personality, Nguyen-Kim has won many prestigious awards such as the Grimme Online Award, Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism, Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Award, and Heinz Oberhummer Award for Science Communication.

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Jürgen Schmidhuber
(Computer scientist)
Jürgen Schmidhuber
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Birthdate: January 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich
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Joachim Frank
(Biophysicist)
Joachim Frank
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Birthdate: September 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weidenau, Siegen, Germany
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Joseph Weizenbaum
(Computer Scientist)
Joseph Weizenbaum
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Birthdate: January 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 5, 2008
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Giulia Enders
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Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
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Christina Pagel
(Researcher)
Christina Pagel
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Birthplace: London, England
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Andy Bechtolsheim
(Businessperson, Electrical engineer)
Andy Bechtolsheim
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Birthdate: September 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Finning, Germany
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Gerd Faltings
(Mathematician, University teacher)
Gerd Faltings
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Birthdate: July 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen
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Lisa Sauermann
(Mathematician)
Lisa Sauermann
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Birthdate: September 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dresden, Saxony
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Wolfgang Ketterle
(Physicist, University teacher)
Wolfgang Ketterle
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Birthdate: October 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heidelberg
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Stefan Hell
(Winner of 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Map him to 'Chemists'. Remove mapping from 'Physicists')
Stefan Hell
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Birthdate: December 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arad, Romania
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Ijad Madisch
(Virologist and Businessperson)
Ijad Madisch
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Birthdate: October 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wolfsburg, Germany
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Hamed Abdel-Samad
(Political scientist)
Hamed Abdel-Samad
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Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Giza, Egypt
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Thomas C. Südhof
(Biochemist)
Thomas C. Südhof
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Birthdate: December 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Göttingen, Germany

German-American neuroscientist Thomas C. Südhof was a gifted musician in his early days, having mastered instruments such as the bassoon. He later won a Nobel Prize for his research on the chemical signaling in neurons, which helped later scientists understand neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

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Herbert Kroemer
(Physicist)
Herbert Kroemer
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Birthdate: August 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
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Erik Möller
(Journalist)
Erik Möller
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Germany
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Ursula Franklin
(Physicist)
Ursula Franklin
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Birthdate: September 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: July 22, 2016
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Gerd Binnig
(Physicist)
Gerd Binnig
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Birthdate: July 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Nobel Prize-winning German physicist Gerd Binnig invented the scanning tunneling microscope, with fellow Nobel laureate Heinrich Rohrer. As a child, he devoted a lot of time to music, playing the violin and performing for an orchestra. He spent most of his scientific career with the IBM research team.

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Manfred Eigen
(Biophysical Chemist)
Manfred Eigen
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Birthdate: May 9, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bochum, Germany
Died: February 6, 2019

Remembered for his research on rapid chemical reactions, Nobel Prize-winning German physicist Manfred Eigen was born to a musician father and was initially interested in the piano. Eigen was part of the German army during World War II and later escaped the Soviets to join the University of Göttingen.

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Peter Grünberg
(Physicist)
Peter Grünberg
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Birthdate: May 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
Died: April 7, 2018
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Günter Blobel
(Biologist)
Günter Blobel
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Birthdate: May 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waltersdorf, Lower Silesia, Germany
Died: February 18, 2018
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Gerhard Ertl
(Physicist)
Gerhard Ertl
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Birthdate: October 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Germany
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Hans Georg Dehmelt
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Birthdate: September 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Görlitz, Germany
Died: March 7, 2017
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Ulf Merbold
(Astronaut)
Ulf Merbold
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Birthdate: June 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Greiz, Germany
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Wendelin Werner
(Mathematician)
Wendelin Werner
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Birthdate: September 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
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Rudolf Mössbauer
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Birthdate: January 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: September 14, 2011
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Klaus Roth
(Mathematician)
Klaus Roth
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Birthdate: October 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Breslau, Province of Lower Silesia, Weimar Germany
Died: November 10, 2015
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Harald Lesch
(Physicist)
Harald Lesch
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Birthdate: July 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gießen, Germany

Harald Lesch is a German astronomer, physicist, author, and natural philosopher. He serves as a professor of physics at the LMU and teaches natural philosophy at the Munich University of Philosophy. He is credited with educating complex physical or philosophical issues to public with the help of his television programs. He is the recipient of the Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Award.

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Erwin Neher
(Biophysicist)
Erwin Neher
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Birthdate: March 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany
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Robert Huber
(Biochemist)
Robert Huber
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Birthdate: February 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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J. Georg Bednorz
(Physicist)
J. Georg Bednorz
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Birthdate: May 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neuenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Ernst Stuhlinger
(Scientist)
Ernst Stuhlinger
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Birthdate: December 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Niederrimbach, Germany
Died: May 25, 2008
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Friedrich Hirzebruch
(Mathematician)
Friedrich Hirzebruch
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Birthdate: October 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamm, Germany
Died: May 27, 2012
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Horst Ludwig Störmer
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Birthdate: April 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
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Karamba Diaby
(Member of the Bundestag)
Karamba Diaby
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Birthdate: November 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marsassoum, Senegal
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Hartmut Michel
(Biochemist)
Hartmut Michel
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Birthdate: July 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
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Rolf-Dieter Heuer
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Birthdate: May 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bad Boll
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Thomas Eisner
(Ecologist and entomologist)
Thomas Eisner
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Birthdate: June 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 25, 2011
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Johann Deisenhofer
(Biochemist)
Johann Deisenhofer
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Birthdate: September 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zusamaltheim, Bavaria, Germany
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Werner Israel
(Physicist, University teacher)
Werner Israel
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Birthdate: October 4, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Weimar Germany Germany
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Gerhard Meisenberg
(Biochemist)
Gerhard Meisenberg
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Birthdate: January 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dortmund, Germany