Famous German Educators

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Ruth Westheimer
(German-American Sex Therapist, Media Personality and Holocaust Survivor)
Ruth Westheimer
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Birthdate: June 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
German-American sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, also known as Dr. Ruth, soared to fame with the radio show Sexually Speaking and later hosted many sexuality-related shows and wrote many books, too. She is also an ethnographer and a Holocaust survivor. Her life inspired the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth.
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Johann Pachelbel
(One of the Most Influential Composers and Organists of the Middle Baroque Era)
Johann Pachelbel
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Birthdate: 1653 AD
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: March 7, 1706

Johann Pachelbel was a German composer, teacher, and organist who is credited with helping the south German organ schools achieve their peak. His contributions to the progression of the fugue and chorale prelude have established him as one of the most prominent composers of the middle Baroque era. During his lifetime, his music became a model for several German composers.

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Adam Weishaupt
(German Philosopher and Founder of Enlightenment-Era Secret Society 'Illuminati')
Adam Weishaupt
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Birthdate: February 6, 1748
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ingolstadt, Germany
Died: November 18, 1830
On a night in 1776, deep within a forest near Ingolstadt, German law professor Adam Weishaupt and four others formed a secret society known as the Illuminati, which was supposed to be a parallel to religion. Since then, many conspiracy theories have held the society responsible for unexplained global events. 
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Carl Orff
(German Composer Known for His Cantata 'Carmina Burana')
Carl Orff
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Birthdate: July 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: March 29, 1982

German composer Carl Orff is remembered for his work in operas and his innovative music education system, which relied on group exercises and playing percussion instruments. A man who had started training in music at 5, Orff later co-founded the Günther School to impart lessons in dance, music, and gymnastics.

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Uta Hagen
(Actress)
Uta Hagen
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Birthdate: June 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Göttingen, Germany
Died: January 14, 2004
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Friedrich Froebel
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Birthdate: April 21, 1782
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oberweißbach, Germany
Died: June 21, 1852
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Leopold Mozart
(Composer)
Leopold Mozart
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Birthdate: November 14, 1719
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: May 28, 1787

German violinist and composer Leopold Mozart is best remembered as the father and music teacher of legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, Leopold was often blamed for exploiting his son’s musical talent by pushing him to perform as a child. He also had a troubled relationship with his adult son.

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Paul Hindemith
(German Composer and Music Theorist)
Paul Hindemith
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Birthdate: November 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: December 28, 1963

Although German composer and violinist Paul Hindemith had collaborated with leftist and Jewish musicians, his apolitical stance made him a favorite of the Nazis initially. However, he was later forced to comply with Nazi dictatorship. He moved to the U.S. after his performances were banned in Germany.

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Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
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Birthdate: December 10, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: February 18, 1851

Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi was a German mathematician best remembered for his contributions to differential equations, dynamics, number theory, determinants, and elliptic functions. He is the first Jewish mathematician to work as a professor at a German university. Jacobi has a crater on the Moon named after him in recognition of his contribution to science.

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Max Bruch
(German Romantic Composer, Conductor & Educator)
Max Bruch
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Birthdate: January 6, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: October 2, 1920

Max Bruch composed his first song at 9 for his mother’s birthday and then earned a scholarship after creating a symphony at the tender age of 14. He worked extensively with the choral societies of Germany and is remembered for his iconic Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.

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Athanasius Kircher
(German Jesuit Scholar and Polymath Known for His Work in the Fields of Comparative Religion, Geology, and Medicine)
Athanasius Kircher
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Birthdate: May 2, 1602
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geisa, Germany
Died: November 28, 1680

Known as the last Renaissance man, Athanasius Kircher was a German Jesuit priest who taught at the Roman College for 4 decades. He was also obsessed with Sinology and Egyptology, and studied everything from fossils to microbes. He was also interested in medicine and invented machines such as the magnetic clock.

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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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Rudolf Otto
(German Theologian and One of the Most Influential Scholars of Religion in the Early Twentieth Century)
Rudolf Otto
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Birthdate: September 25, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peine, Germany
Died: March 6, 1937

Initially a professor of theology, philosopher Rudolf Otto later contributed to some of the most significant works of theology, such as The Idea of the Holy. He was also a member of the Prussian Parliament and is remembered for his services to Christianity and his idea of numinous.

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Victor Klemperer
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Birthdate: October 9, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
Died: February 11, 1960
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Ivan Ilyin
(Philosopher, Opinion journalist)
Ivan Ilyin
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Birthdate: April 9, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian Empire
Died: December 21, 1954
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Shere Hite
(American-born German Feminist and Sex Educator)
Shere Hite
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Birthdate: November 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: September 9, 2020
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Arnold Ehret
(Educator)
Arnold Ehret
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Birthdate: July 29, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: October 10, 1922
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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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Bernhard Schlink
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Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Großdornberg, Germany
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Georg von Hertling
(Politician)
Georg von Hertling
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Birthdate: August 31, 1843
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: January 4, 1919
Beate Uhse-Rotermund
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Birthdate: October 25, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wargenau, East Prussia
Died: July 16, 2001
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Julius Wellhausen
(German Biblical Scholar and Orientalist Best Known for His Analysis of the Structure and Dating of the 'Pentateuc/Torah')
Julius Wellhausen
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Birthdate: May 17, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamelin, Germany
Died: January 7, 1918

German biblical scholar Julius Wellhausen is best remembered for best known for his work on the Pentateuch. Born to a pastor, he followed in his father’s footsteps and studied theology. He also taught oriental languages. His New Testament studies were criticized, though his analysis of the Old Testament was well-received.

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Constantin von Tischendorf
(German Biblical Scholar Known for Discovering World's Oldest and Most Complete Bible)
Constantin von Tischendorf
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Birthdate: January 18, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
Died: December 7, 1874

Although best remembered for his discovery of the world's oldest handwritten Bible, known as Codex Sinaiticus or Sinai Bible, Konstantin Von Tischendorf, a renowned Biblical scholar, worked chiefly on recension of the New Testament text. A prolific writer making extensive contributions to biblical textual criticism, he is today best known for his magnum opus, Critical Edition of the New Testament.

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Eugen Fischer
(Professor of medicine, anthropology, and eugenics, and a member of the Nazi Party)
Eugen Fischer
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Birthdate: July 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: July 9, 1967

Nazi leader Eugen Fischer co-wrote Human Hereditary Teaching and Racial Hygiene, which became one of the definitive texts of the Nazi policies. Hitler also made him the rector of the University of Berlin. His memoir diluted his role in the mass extermination of the Jews in the Holocaust.

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Wilhelm Schickard
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Birthdate: April 22, 1592
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Herrenberg, Germany
Died: October 24, 1635
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Leo Baeck
(German Rabbi, Scholar and Theologian)
Leo Baeck
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Birthdate: May 23, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leszno, Poland
Died: November 2, 1956

German rabbi and spiritual leader Leo Baeck remains a symbol of liberal Jewish thinking of the Nazi era. He is best remembered for The Essence of Judaism and This People Israel, the latter of which was penned by him while in a Nazi concentration camp.

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Johannes Reuchlin
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Birthdate: January 29, 1455
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pforzheim, Germany
Died: June 30, 1522
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Louis Wirth
(Sociologist)
Louis Wirth
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Birthdate: August 28, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gemünden, Germany
Died: May 3, 1952
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May Ayim
(Poet)
May Ayim
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Birthdate: May 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: August 9, 1996
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Francis Daniel Pastorius
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Birthdate: September 26, 1651
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sommerhausen, Germany
Died: 1720 AD
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Fritz London
(Physicist)
Fritz London
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Birthdate: March 7, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Breslau, Silesia, Germany
Died: March 30, 1954
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Friedrich Rückert
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Birthdate: May 16, 1788
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schweinfurt, Germany
Died: January 31, 1866
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Bel Kaufman
(Teacher)
Bel Kaufman
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Birthdate: May 10, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 25, 2014
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Julius Lothar Meyer
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Birthdate: August 19, 1830
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Varel, Germany
Died: April 11, 1895
Hermann of Reichenau
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Birthdate: July 18, 1013
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Altshausen, Germany
Died: September 24, 1054
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Ursula Franklin
(German-Canadian Research Physicist, Metallurgist, Educator, and Author)
Ursula Franklin
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Birthdate: September 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: July 22, 2016
August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben
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Birthdate: April 2, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fallersleben, Wolfsburg, Germany
Died: January 19, 1874
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Gustav Radbruch
(Politician)
Gustav Radbruch
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Birthdate: November 21, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: November 23, 1949
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Philipp Spener
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Birthdate: January 13, 1635
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ribeauvillé, France
Died: February 5, 1705
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Jörg Immendorff
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Birthdate: June 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bleckede, Lower Saxony, Germany
Died: May 28, 2007
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Georg Jellinek
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Birthdate: June 16, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: January 12, 1911
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Samuel Scheidt
(Composer)
Samuel Scheidt
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Birthdate: November 3, 1587
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Halle, Germany
Died: March 24, 1654
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Hans Vaihinger
(Philosopher)
Hans Vaihinger
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Birthdate: September 25, 1852
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nehren, Germany
Died: December 18, 1933
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Lisel Mueller
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Birthdate: February 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: February 21, 2020
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Johann von Staupitz
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Birthdate: 1460 AD
Birthplace: Thümmlitzwalde, Grimma, Germany
Died: December 28, 1524
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Hella Brock
(Musicologist)
Hella Brock
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Birthdate: October 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wittenberg, Germany
Died: November 30, 2020
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Maria Mies
(Author)
Maria Mies
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Birthdate: 1931 AD
Birthplace: Steffeln, Rhine Province, Germany
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Hugo Riemann
(Music Theorist)
Hugo Riemann
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Birthdate: July 18, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sondershausen, Germany
Died: July 10, 1919
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Richard Brauer
(Mathematician)
Richard Brauer
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Birthdate: February 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 17, 1977
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Wilhelm Gesenius
(Biblical critic)
Wilhelm Gesenius
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Birthdate: February 3, 1786
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nordhausen, Germany
Died: October 23, 1842