Famous German Engineers

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 1 Wernher Von Braun

Wernher Von Braun
Famous As: Aerospace Engineer
Birthdate: March 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wyrzysk, Poland
Died: June 16, 1977

German-born American aerospace engineer and space architect, Wernher Von Braun, worked in Nazi Germany's rocket development program as a young man. After World War II, he moved to the United States where he became a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the nation. In his later career, he became director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center.

 2 Konrad Zuse

Konrad Zuse
Famous As: German civil engineer
Birthdate: June 22, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: December 18, 1995

 3 Albert Göring

Albert Göring
Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: March 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Friedenau
Died: December 20, 1966
Apart from being an engineer who worked for the German army during World War I, Albert Göring is also remembered as the brother of infamous Nazi Party figure and military leader Hermann Göring. Surprisingly, he was anti-Nazi and had helped many Jews, though he remained ostracized due to his family name, post-war.
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 4 Gottlieb Daimler

Gottlieb Daimler
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 17, 1834
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Schorndorf
Died: March 6, 1900

Gottlieb Daimler was a German engineer, industrialist, and industrial designer. A pioneer of automobile development and internal combustion engines, Daimler is credited with inventing the liquid petroleum-fueled engine. In 1978, Gottlieb Daimler was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

 5 Fritz Todt

Fritz Todt
Famous As: Engineer, Politician, Civil engineer, Architect
Birthdate: September 4, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pforzheim
Died: February 8, 1942

Fritz Todt was a German civil engineer and architect. A senior Nazi, Todt oversaw the construction of Reichsautobahnen, a controlled-access highway, and also served as the Reich Minister for Armaments and Ammunition. Before the start of the Second World War, Todt initiated a military-engineering company called Organisation Todt that oversaw the construction of many Nazi concentration camps. 

 6 Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams
Famous As: Architect, Designer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 20, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wiesbaden

 7 John A. Roebling

John A. Roebling
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mühlhausen, Germany
Died: July 22, 1869
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 8 Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt
Famous As: Billionaire heir, engineer and industrialist.
Birthdate: May 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Homburg, West Germany

 9 Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Charles Proteus Steinmetz
Famous As: Mathematician, Electrical engineer, Engineer, Scientist, Inventor
Birthdate: April 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: October 26, 1923

 10 Dieter Zetsche

Dieter Zetsche
Famous As: Engineer, Businessperson, Merchant, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Istanbul

 11 Klaus Schwab

Klaus Schwab
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ravensburg, Germany

World-class economist Klaus Schwab, who established the World Economic Forum and is also its executive chairman, also has a mechanical engineering degree, along with a doctorate in engineering. He has been a University of Geneva professor and has been awarded a host of honorary doctorates and a French knighthood.

 12 Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: December 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart
Died: April 5, 2012

The grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed Butzi, was surprisingly dismissed from his industrial design course due to his supposed incompetence. He ended up designing the legendary sports car Porsche 901, later known as the Porsche 911. He also established the Porsche Design Studio.

 13 Ralph H. Baer

Ralph H. Baer
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: March 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rodalben, Germany
Died: December 6, 2014

Born to a German Jewish family, Ralph H. Baer and his family escaped to New York later. He went from working in a factory to becoming an engineer. While working at Sanders Associates, he developed the idea of playing games on TV and later created the first video game console.

 14 Otto Lilienthal

Otto Lilienthal
Famous As: Known for successful gliding experiments
Birthdate: May 23, 1848
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany
Died: August 10, 1896

 15 Karl Benz

Karl Benz
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mühlburg, Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: April 4, 1929

Karl Benz was a German engine designer, automotive engineer, and entrepreneur.  He designed the Benz Patent Motorcar, for which he received a patent in 1886. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before venturing into developing motorcars. His Benz Patent Motorcar is widely regarded as the world's first production automobile. 

 16 Peter Schreyer

Peter Schreyer
Famous As: engineer
Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Bad Reichenhall

 17 Kurt Tank

Kurt Tank
Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Scientist, University teacher, Test pilot
Birthdate: February 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bydgoszcz
Died: June 5, 1983

 18 Wilhelm Maybach

Wilhelm Maybach
Famous As: Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor
Birthdate: February 9, 1846
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heilbronn
Died: December 29, 1929

 19 Walther Rathenau

Walther Rathenau
Famous As: Politician, Engineer, Writer, Entrepreneur, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: September 29, 1867
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: June 24, 1922

 20 Marco Minnemann

Marco Minnemann
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany

 21 Willy Messerschmitt

Willy Messerschmitt
Famous As: Aeronautical engineer, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: September 15, 1978

 22 Hugo Junkers

Hugo Junkers
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rheydt, Rhine Province, Kingdom of Prussia
Died: February 3, 1935

 23 Andy Bechtolsheim

Andy Bechtolsheim
Famous As: Businessperson, Electrical engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Finning, Germany

 24 Gustave Whitehead

Gustave Whitehead
Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: January 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leutershausen
Died: October 10, 1927

 25 August Horch

August Horch
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: October 12, 1868
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winningen
Died: February 3, 1951

 26 Curveball

Famous As: Defense Intelligence Agency cryptonym
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Iraq

 27 Heinz Lammerding

Heinz Lammerding
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dortmund
Died: January 13, 1971

 28 Heinrich Lübke

Heinrich Lübke
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 14, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sundern, Germany
Died: April 6, 1972

Once president of the German Federal Republic, or West Germany, Heinrich Lübke was born to a cobbler and slowly rose up to be a member of the Centre Party and then the Christian Democratic Union. Not a great public speaker, he was often ridiculed for his failing memory at public events.

 29 Hugo Schmeisser

Hugo Schmeisser
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: September 24, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jena
Died: September 12, 1953

 30 Hans von Ohain

Hans von Ohain
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: December 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dessau, Duchy of Anhalt, Germany
Died: March 13, 1998

 31 Arthur Rudolph

Arthur Rudolph
Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: November 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stepfershausen
Died: January 1, 1996

 32 Ludwig Prandtl

Ludwig Prandtl
Famous As: Physicist, Mechanical engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: February 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Freising
Died: August 15, 1953

 33 Frei Otto

Frei Otto
Famous As: Architect, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 31, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Siegmar
Died: March 9, 2015

 34 Felix Wankel

Felix Wankel
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: August 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lahr
Died: October 9, 1988

 35 Luigi Colani

Luigi Colani
Famous As: Architect, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: August 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin

 36 Erich Topp

Erich Topp
Famous As: Engineer, Submariner, Architect
Birthdate: July 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: December 26, 2005

 37 Alexander Lippisch

Alexander Lippisch
Famous As: Aeronautical Engineer
Birthdate: November 2, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: February 11, 1976

 38 Carl von Linde

Carl von Linde
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berndorf, Germany
Died: November 16, 1934

 39 Fritz Hilpert

Fritz Hilpert
Famous As: Musician, Audio engineer, Record producer
Birthdate: May 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amberg

 40 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel

Ernst Heinrich Heinkel
Famous As: Aeronautical engineer
Birthdate: January 24, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grunbach, Germany
Died: January 30, 1958

 41 Hugo Eckener

Hugo Eckener
Famous As: Aeronautical engineer
Birthdate: August 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Flensburg, Germany
Died: August 14, 1954

 42 Walter H. Schottky

Walter H. Schottky
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 23, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: March 4, 1976

 43 Karlheinz Brandenburg

Karlheinz Brandenburg
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer, Audio engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Erlangen

 44 Paul Gottlieb Nipkow

Paul Gottlieb Nipkow
Famous As: Technician
Birthdate: August 22, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lębork, Poland
Died: August 24, 1940

 45 Bernd Pischetsrieder

Bernd Pischetsrieder
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich

 46 Josef Ganz

Josef Ganz
Famous As: Car Designer
Birthdate: July 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 26, 1967

 47 Oskar Barnack

Oskar Barnack
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: November 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lynow, Germany
Died: January 16, 1936

Oskar Barnack was a German photographer and inventor. He is credited with building a device, which would later become the first successful 35mm still-camera. Barnack developed the camera, which was named Leica, at the Leitz Company where he was working as an engineer. Oskar Barnack is also credited with creating news images, which he made with his 35 mm camera.

 48 Claudius Dornier

Claudius Dornier
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: May 14, 1884
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kempten, Germany
Died: December 5, 1969

 49 Anton Flettner

Anton Flettner
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 1, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hattersheim am Main, Germany
Died: December 29, 1961

 50 Fritz von Opel

Fritz von Opel
Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: May 4, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, Germany
Died: April 8, 1971