Famous German Biologists

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 1 Juliane Koepcke

Juliane Koepcke.
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Famous As: Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash
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).

 2 Ernst Haeckel

Ernst Haeckel.
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Famous As: Biologist, Physician, Philosopher & Artist
Birthdate: February 16, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Potsdam
Died: August 9, 1919

Ernst Haeckel had initially practiced medicine before he gained an interest in Charles Darwin’s theory and began exploring zoology and related fields. He not only coined terms such as ecology, but also named numerous species and created a genealogical tree. He drew numerous figures of animals and sea creatures, too.

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 3 Theodor Schwann

Theodor Schwann.
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: December 7, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuss, Germany
Died: January 11, 1882

Theodor Schwann was a German physiologist and physician best remembered for his important contributions to biology. He is credited with discovering the Schwann cells, which is named after him. He is also credited with discovering pepsin and the organic nature of yeast. Theodor Schwann also invented the term metabolism.

 4 Matthias Jakob Schleiden

Matthias Jakob Schleiden.
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Famous As: Biologist, Botanist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: April 5, 1804
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg
Died: June 23, 1881

 5 Justus von Liebig

Justus von Liebig.
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: May 12, 1803
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: April 18, 1873

 6 Friedrich Ratzel

Friedrich Ratzel
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Famous As: Biologist, Geopolitician, Geographer, Zoologist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karlsruhe
Died: August 9, 1904

 7 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard.
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Magdeburg

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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 8 Walther Flemming

Walther Flemming
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1843
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schwerin, Germany
Died: August 4, 1905

 9 Harald zur Hausen

Harald zur Hausen
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Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen

 10 Thomas C. Südhof

Thomas C. Südhof
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Famous As: Biochemist
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.

 11 Günter Blobel

Günter Blobel
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: May 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Niegoslawice
Died: February 18, 2018

 12 Hans Spemann

Hans Spemann
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Famous As: Embryologist
Birthdate: June 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stuttgart
Died: September 9, 1941

 13 Jan Swammerdam

Jan Swammerdam
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1637
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 17, 1680

 14 Rudolf Jaenisch

Rudolf Jaenisch
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: April 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Międzygórze, Poland

 15 Hans Driesch

Hans Driesch
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: October 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bad Kreuznach, Germany
Died: April 17, 1941

 16 Theodor Boveri

Theodor Boveri
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: October 12, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany
Died: October 15, 1915

 17 Lorenz Oken

Lorenz Oken
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bohlsbach, Germany
Died: August 11, 1851

 18 Georges J. F. Kohler

Georges J. F. Kohler.
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Famous As: Immunologist, Biologist
Birthdate: April 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: March 1, 1995

 19 Richard Goldschmidt

Richard Goldschmidt
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: April 12, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: April 24, 1958

 20 Willi Hennig

Willi Hennig
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: April 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Durrhennersdorf, Germany
Died: November 5, 1976

 21 Eduard Adolf Strasburger

Eduard Adolf Strasburger
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: February 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: May 19, 1912

 22 Edwin Klebs

Edwin Klebs
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: February 6, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia
Died: October 23, 1913

 23 Oscar Hertwig

Oscar Hertwig
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1849
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Friedberg, Germany
Died: October 25, 1922

 24 Jacques Loeb

Jacques Loeb
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: April 7, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mayen, Germany
Died: February 11, 1924

 25 Max Schultze

Max Schultze
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Famous As: Anatomist
Birthdate: March 15, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: June 16, 1874

 26 Otto Brunfels

Otto Brunfels
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1488 AD
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: November 23, 1534

 27 George Engelmann

George Engelmann
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: February 2, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: February 4, 1884

 28 Wilhelm Hofmeister

Wilhelm Hofmeister
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: May 18, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: January 12, 1877

 29 Karl Möbius

Karl Möbius
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: February 7, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eilenburg, Germany
Died: April 26, 1908

 30 Vernon Ingram

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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: May 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: August 17, 2006

 31 Martin Rathke

Martin Rathke
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Famous As: University Professor
Birthdate: August 25, 1793
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland
Died: September 3, 1860

 32 Wolfgang Ostwald

Wolfgang Ostwald
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: May 27, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: November 22, 1943

 33 Moritz Schiff

Moritz Schiff
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: January 28, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Died: October 6, 1896