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
Nationality: German, Peruvian
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
Nationality: German
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
Nationality: German
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
Nationality: German
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
Nationality: German
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
Nationality: German
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
Nationality: German

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
Nationality: German
Died: August 4, 1905

 9 Peter Simon Pallas

Peter Simon Pallas
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Famous As: Explorer, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Scientist, Botanist, Geographer, Arachnologist, Entomologist
Birthdate: September 22, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: September 8, 1811

 10 Harald zur Hausen

Harald zur Hausen
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Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 11 Thomas C. Südhof

Thomas C. Südhof
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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: December 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German, American

 12 Günter Blobel

Günter Blobel
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: May 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, Polish, American
Died: February 18, 2018

 13 Hans Spemann

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

 14 Jan Swammerdam

Jan Swammerdam
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1637
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, Dutch
Died: February 17, 1680

 15 Rudolf Jaenisch

Rudolf Jaenisch
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: April 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, Polish

 16 Adelbert von Chamisso

Adelbert von Chamisso
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Famous As: Botanist, Poet, Pteridologist, Bryologist, Writer
Birthdate: January 30, 1781
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, French
Died: August 21, 1838

 17 Hans Driesch

Hans Driesch
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: October 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: April 17, 1941

 18 Theodor Boveri

Theodor Boveri
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: October 12, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: October 15, 1915

 19 Lorenz Oken

Lorenz Oken
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: August 11, 1851

 20 Georges J. F. Kohler

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

 21 Richard Goldschmidt

Richard Goldschmidt
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: April 12, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, American
Died: April 24, 1958

 22 Willi Hennig

Willi Hennig
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: April 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: November 5, 1976

 23 Eduard Adolf Strasburger

Eduard Adolf Strasburger
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: February 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, Polish
Died: May 19, 1912

 24 Edwin Klebs

Edwin Klebs
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: February 6, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: October 23, 1913

 25 Oscar Hertwig

Oscar Hertwig
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1849
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: October 25, 1922

 26 Jacques Loeb

Jacques Loeb
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: April 7, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, American
Died: February 11, 1924

 27 Max Schultze

Max Schultze
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Famous As: Anatomist
Birthdate: March 15, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: June 16, 1874

 28 Otto Brunfels

Otto Brunfels
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1488 AD
Nationality: German
Died: November 23, 1534

 29 George Engelmann

George Engelmann
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: February 2, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American
Died: February 4, 1884

 30 Wilhelm Hofmeister

Wilhelm Hofmeister
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: May 18, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: January 12, 1877

 31 Karl Möbius

Karl Möbius
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: February 7, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: April 26, 1908

 32 Vernon Ingram

Vernon Ingram
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: May 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, Polish, American
Died: August 17, 2006

 33 Martin Rathke

Martin Rathke
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Famous As: University Professor
Birthdate: August 25, 1793
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: September 3, 1860

 34 Wolfgang Ostwald

Wolfgang Ostwald
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: May 27, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: November 22, 1943

 35 Moritz Schiff

Moritz Schiff
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: January 28, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: October 6, 1896