Cultured, refined and sophisticated, Austrians are among the world’s most modern people. In fact the nation boasts of having the highest percentage of working women in its population as compared to any other country. Hard working and disciplined, the Austrians place a great deal of value on punctuality. Austrians are famous for their creativity and love of art. Gustav Klimt, the symbolist painter co-founded the Vienna Secession movement which revolutionized art not just in Europe, but also impacted artists from all over the world. A naturally beautiful country, Austria has been further beautified by the lovely buildings and structures designed by its eminent architects like Hans Hollein, Carl Holzmann and Clemens Holzmeister.

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
(Former Governor of California)

30 July 1947

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette

02 November 1755

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Composer)

27 January 1756

Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud
(Neurologist, Psychiatrist)

06 May 1856

Hedy LamarrHedy Lamarr
(Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread spectrum)

09 November 1914

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
(Actor)

04 October 1956

Franz KafkaFranz Kafka
(Novelist)

03 July 1883

Niki LaudaNiki Lauda
(Former Formula One driver)

22 February 1949

Gregor MendelGregor Mendel

22 July 1822

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
(Actor, Former Model)

08 March 1973

Gustav KlimtGustav Klimt
(Painter)

14 July 1862

Franz Joseph I of AustriaFranz Joseph I of Austria
(Emperor of Austria)

18 August 1830

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Ludwig WittgensteinLudwig Wittgenstein
(Philosopher)

26 April 1889

Erwin SchrödingerErwin Schrödinger
(Physicist)

12 August 1887

Joseph HaydnJoseph Haydn
(Composer)

31 March 1732

Maria TheresaMaria Theresa
(Queen regnant)

13 May 1717

Natascha KampuschNatascha Kampusch
(Miscellaneous)

17 February 1988

Egon Schiele Egon Schiele
(Painter)

12 June 1890

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Alois HitlerAlois Hitler
(Adolf Hitler's Father)

07 June 1837

Gustav MahlerGustav Mahler
(Composer)

07 July 1860

Felix BaumgartnerFelix Baumgartner
(Daredevil)

20 April 1969

Rudolf NureyevRudolf Nureyev
(Ballet Dancer & Choreographer)

17 March 1938

Simon WiesenthalSimon Wiesenthal
(Nazi Hunter)

31 December 1908

Otto SkorzenyOtto Skorzeny
(Military Officer)

12 June 1908

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Dominic ThiemDominic Thiem
(Tennis Player)

03 September 1993

Wilhelm ReichWilhelm Reich
(Psychoanalyst)

24 March 1897

Maximilian I of MexicoMaximilian I of Mexico
(Monarch)

06 July 1832

Geli RaubalGeli Raubal
(Hitler’s Niece)

04 June 1908

Klara HitlerKlara Hitler
(Adolf Hitler’s Mother)

12 August 1860

Arnold SchoenbergArnold Schoenberg
(Composer)

13 September 1874

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Wolfgang PuckWolfgang Puck
(Chef, Restaurateur)

08 July 1949

Rainer Maria RilkeRainer Maria Rilke
(Poet & Novelist)

04 December 1875

Alfred AdlerAlfred Adler

07 February 1870

Ernst KaltenbrunnerErnst Kaltenbrunner
(Nazi Leader)

04 October 1903

Emilie SchenklEmilie Schenkl
(Wife of Subhash Chandra Bose)

26 December 1910

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Heinrich HarrerHeinrich Harrer
(Mountaineer)

06 July 1912

Toto WolffToto Wolff
(Investor)

12 January 1972

Ludwig von MisesLudwig von Mises
(Economist, Philosopher, Sociologist)

29 September 1881

Ignaz SemmelweisIgnaz Semmelweis
(Physician)

01 July 1818

Reina TriendlReina Triendl
(Model)

23 January 1992

Friedensreich HundertwasserFriedensreich Hundertwasser
(Architect)

15 December 1928

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Kurt WaldheimKurt Waldheim
(Former President of Austria & UN Secretary General)

21 December 1918

Lise MeitnerLise Meitner
(Physicist)

07 November 1878

Ludwig BoltzmannLudwig Boltzmann
(Physicist)

20 February 1844

Wolfgang PauliWolfgang Pauli
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

25 April 1900

Maria AltmannMaria Altmann
(Art Collector)

18 February 1916

Anna FreudAnna Freud
(Founder of psychoanalytic child psychology)

03 December 1895

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Anton BrucknerAnton Bruckner
(Composer)

04 September 1824

Martin BuberMartin Buber
(Philosopher)

08 February 1878

Konrad LorenzKonrad Lorenz
(Zoologist)

07 November 1903

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Archduke Franz Ferdinand
(The person whose assassination sparked the First World War)

18 December 1863

Hans AspergerHans Asperger
(Paediatrician)

18 February 1906

Alban BergAlban Berg
(Composer)

09 February 1885

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Anton WebernAnton Webern
(Music Composer)

03 December 1883

Ernst MachErnst Mach
(Physicist)

18 February 1838

Oskar Werner Oskar Werner
(Actor)

13 November 1922

Fred ZinnemannFred Zinnemann
(Film Director)

29 April 1907

Elfriede JelinekElfriede Jelinek
(Novelist & Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)

20 October 1946

Bertha von SuttnerBertha von Suttner
(Pacifist, First Woman to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize)

09 June 1843

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Christian DopplerChristian Doppler
(Mathematician & Physicist)

29 November 1803

Albert von Szent-Györgyi Albert Szent-Györgyi
(Physiologist)

16 September 1893

Karl von FrischKarl von Frisch
(Ethologist)

20 November 1886

Walter KohnWalter Kohn
(Physicist and Chemist)

09 March 1923

Friedrich von HayekFriedrich von Hayek
(Economist)

08 May 1899

Theodor BillrothTheodor Billroth
(Surgeon)

26 April 1829

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Franz Peter Schubert Franz Peter Schubert
(Composer)

31 January 1797

Friedrich von AmerlingFriedrich von Amerling
(Portrait Painter)

14 April 1803

Róbert BárányRóbert Bárány
(Otologist)

22 April 1876

Karl HerzfeldKarl Herzfeld
(Physicist)

24 February 1892

Anton HausAnton Haus
(Naval officer)

13 June 1851

Gyorgy LigetiGyorgy Ligeti
(Composer)

28 May 1923

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FaZe BlazikenFaZe Blaziken
(YouTube Star)

19 August 1996

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of AustriaArchduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
(Archduke of Austria)

18 December 1863

Barbara ValentinBarbara Valentin
(Actor)

15 December 1940

A love for beauty and melody is something Austrians are known for. Imagine what the world of classical music would be like had it not been for the musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Automobile aficionados have a very special reason to thank Austria for it was Ferdinand Porsche who designed the Volkswagen Beetle and founded the Porsche car company. The nation’s love for the mountains is phenomenal and it is not at all surprising that famous mountaineers like Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Ludwig Purtscheller, and Marcus Schmuck were born there. Browse this section to learn more about how the Austrians have influenced the world.