Famous German Philologists

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 1 Max Müller

Max Müller
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Famous As: Scholar, Philologist
Birthdate: December 6, 1823
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dessau, Duchy of Anhalt, German Confederation
Died: October 28, 1900

Max Müller was a German-born Orientalist and philologist. Müller is credited with co-founding the western academic disciplines of religious studies and Indian studies. In 1874, he was honored with the Pour le Mérite. He received the prestigious Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 1875. In India, the Goethe Institutes are named in his honor.

 2 Jacob Grimm

Jacob Grimm
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1785
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: September 20, 1863

Part of the legendary folklorist duo known as the Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm gave to the world Grimm’s Fairy Tales, along with his younger brother, Wilhelm Grimm. The son of a lawyer, he, too, had initially studied law. He also contributed immensely to Germanic linguistics, with his Grimm's law.

 3 Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Röcken, Lützen, Germany
Died: August 25, 1900

German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, and poet Friedrich Nietzsche has had a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He held the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel. His work spanned philosophical polemics, poetry, cultural criticism, and fiction. He suffered from numerous health problems from a young age and died at the age of 55.

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 4 Selma Ergeç

Selma Ergeç
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamm, Germany

 5 Mildred Harnack

Mildred Harnack
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Famous As: Literary historian
Birthdate: September 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 16, 1943

 6 Erich Auerbach

Erich Auerbach
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: November 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 13, 1957

 7 Wolfgang Iser

Wolfgang Iser
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: July 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marienberg, Germany
Died: January 24, 2007
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 8 Georgius Agricola

Georgius Agricola
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Famous As: Former Humanist scholar, mineralogist and metallurgist known for his groundbreaking work De Natura Fossilium published in 1546, he is generally referred to as the Father of Mineralogy
Birthdate: March 24, 1494
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glauchau, Germany
Died: November 21, 1555

 9 Michael Witzel

Michael Witzel
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swiebodzin, Poland

 10 Friedrich Schlegel

Friedrich Schlegel
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 10, 1772
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany
Died: January 12, 1829

 11 Ludwig Uhland

Ludwig Uhland
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 26, 1787
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tübingen, Germany
Died: November 13, 1862

 12 Gustaf Kossinna

Gustaf Kossinna
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Famous As: Archaeologist, Philologist
Birthdate: September 28, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
Died: December 20, 1931

 13 Johann Gottlieb Christaller

Johann Gottlieb Christaller
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: November 19, 1827
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winnenden, Germany
Died: December 16, 1895

 14 Ernst Robert Curtius

Ernst Robert Curtius
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Famous As: Literary Critic
Birthdate: April 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thann, France
Died: April 19, 1956

 15 Roger Willemsen

Roger Willemsen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: February 7, 2016

Loved for his talk shows, television presenter Roger Willemsen was also a bestseller author, a cultural correspondent and one of Germany's best known intellectuals. A student of German Philosophy and History of Art, he began his television career with 0137, later switching to Willemsens Woche, producing numerous television documentaries, interviews, portraits, and programs, concurrently authoring fifty books and numerous articles.

 16 Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff

Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 22, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Province of Posen, Poland
Died: September 25, 1931

 17 Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg

Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: November 30, 1802
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eutin, Germany
Died: January 24, 1872

 18 Friedrich August Wolf

Friedrich August Wolf
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: February 15, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hainrode, Südharz, Germany
Died: August 8, 1824

 19 Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen

Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: October 3, 1663
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ilsenburg, Germany
Died: January 17, 1727

 20 Georg Friedrich Grotefend

Georg Friedrich Grotefend
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: June 9, 1775
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hann. Münden, Germany
Died: December 15, 1853

 21 Hiob Ludolf

Hiob Ludolf
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Famous As: Orientalist
Birthdate: June 15, 1624
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Died: April 8, 1704

 22 Johann Ernst Hanxleden

Johann Ernst Hanxleden
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Famous As: Priest, Philologist
Birthdate: 1681 AD
Birthplace: Ostercappeln, Germany
Died: March 21, 1732

 23 Karl Lachmann

Karl Lachmann
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: March 4, 1793
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany
Died: March 13, 1851

 24 Johann Christoph Adelung

Johann Christoph Adelung
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: August 8, 1732
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spantekow bei Anklam, Germany
Died: September 10, 1806

 25 Konrad Duden

Konrad Duden
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Famous As: Philologist, Writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1829
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wesel, Germany
Died: August 1, 1911

 26 F.W. Ritschl

F.W. Ritschl
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 6, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grossvargula, Germany
Died: November 9, 1876

 27 Ernest Trumpp

Ernest Trumpp
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Famous As: Philologist, Linguist
Birthdate: March 13, 1828
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ilsfeld, Germany
Died: April 5, 1885

 28 Kuno Meyer

Kuno Meyer
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: December 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: October 11, 1919

 29 August Immanuel Bekker

August Immanuel Bekker
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: May 21, 1785
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 7, 1871

 30 Bruno Snell

Bruno Snell
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: June 18, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hildesheim, Germany
Died: October 31, 1986

 31 Theodor Benfey

Theodor Benfey
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: January 28, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nörten-Hardenberg, Germany
Died: June 26, 1881

 32 Gustav Meyer

Gustav Meyer
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Famous As: Linguist, Educator
Birthdate: November 25, 1850
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strzelce Opolskie, Poland
Died: August 28, 1900

 33 Johann von Wowern

Johann von Wowern
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Famous As: Philologist, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 10, 1574
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Germany
Died: March 30, 1612

 34 Johann Georg von Hahn

Johann Georg von Hahn
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Famous As: Diplomat, Philologist
Birthdate: July 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: September 23, 1869

 35 Felix Jacoby

Felix Jacoby
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Famous As: Philologist, Historian
Birthdate: March 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: November 10, 1959

 36 Eduard Sachau

Eduard Sachau
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: July 20, 1845
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neumünster, Germany
Died: September 17, 1930

 37 Carl Friedrich Bahrdt

Carl Friedrich Bahrdt
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: August 25, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bischofswerda, Germany
Died: April 23, 1792

 38 Lazarus Geiger

Lazarus Geiger
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Famous As: Philosopher, philologist
Birthdate: May 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: August 29, 1870

 39 Wilhelm Scherer

Wilhelm Scherer
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Famous As: Historian, Philologist
Birthdate: April 26, 1841
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Göllersdorf, Austria
Died: August 6, 1886

 40 Hermann Usener

Hermann Usener
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: October 23, 1834
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Weilburg, Germany
Died: October 21, 1905

 41 Gustav Weil

Gustav Weil
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: April 25, 1808
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sulzburg, Germany
Died: August 29, 1889

 42 Otto Jahn

Otto Jahn
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: June 16, 1813
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: September 9, 1869

 43 Walter Jens

Walter Jens
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Famous As: HIstorian
Birthdate: March 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: June 9, 2013

 44 Georg Friedrich Creuzer

Georg Friedrich Creuzer
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: March 10, 1771
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marburg, Germany
Died: February 6, 1858

 45 Siegbert Salomon Prawer

Siegbert Salomon Prawer
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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: February 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: April 5, 2012

 46 Jörg Rüpke

Jörg Rüpke
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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: December 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Herford, Germany

 47 Anneli Ute Gabanyi

Anneli Ute Gabanyi
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Famous As: Political scientist, Philologist
Birthdate: October 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 48 Hans Krahe

Hans Krahe
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: February 7, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Died: June 25, 1965

 49 Eduard Norden

Eduard Norden
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Famous As: Classical philologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 21, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Emden, Germany
Died: July 13, 1941

 50 Johann August Ernesti

Johann August Ernesti
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Famous As: Theologian, Writer, Classical philologist
Birthdate: August 4, 1707
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bad Tennstedt, Germany
Died: September 11, 1781