Ask people around the globe as to who is the most famous physicist they know of, and without a doubt the answer would be Albert Einstein! That perhaps best explains the contribution of German physicists in the world forum. Given the fact that Einstein’s influence has been magnanimous, one cannot forget the works of other brilliantly-minded German physicists, their revolutionary work creating a stir in the study of this particular branch of science. Max Planck, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Heinrich Hertz, Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, Werner Heisenberg are some of the gems of physics that Germany gave the world. Each of them and many others have contributed in all the major branches of physics, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, theory of relativity and electromagnetism. It is through their observation, research and experiments that they discovered physical laws and came up with theories and practical experiments that best explained the functioning of matter and related concepts. Gravitational force, nuclear interactions, electromagnetism were unknown phenomena that were eventually perceived, detected, explored and later presented to the world by physicists. Go through this section and update yourself with an array of German physicists, their life and works.
Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879
Max PlanckMax Planck
23 April 1858

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
29 December 1911
Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy

Max BornMax Born
11 December 1882

Heinrich HertzHeinrich Hertz
22 February 1857
Hermann von HelmholtzHermann von Helmholtz
31 August 1821
Physicist and Physician

Georg OhmGeorg Ohm
16 March 1789
Physicist & Mathematician

Gustav KirchhoffGustav Kirchhoff
12 March 1824

Arnold SommerfeldArnold Sommerfeld
05 December 1868
Philipp LenardPhilipp Lenard
07 June 1862

Max von Laue or Max bMax von Laue
09 October 1879
Karl Ferdinand BraunKarl Ferdinand Braun
06 June 1850
German Physicist & Inventor

Johann Heinrich LambertJohann Heinrich Lambert
26 August 1728
Mathematician, Physicist and Astronomer

Walther NernstWalther Nernst
25 June 1864
Physicist and Chemist
James FranckJames Franck
26 August 1882

Wilhelm WienWilhelm Wien
13 January 1864
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Ernst RuskaErnst Ruska
25 December 1906
Inventor of Electron Microscope

Johannes StarkJohannes Stark
15 April 1874
Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Otto SternOtto Stern
17 February 1888
Gustav Ludwig HertzGustav Ludwig Hertz
22 July 1887

Walther BotheWalther Bothe
08 January 1891
Gerd Binnig Gerd Binnig
20 July 1947

Herbert KroemerHerbert Kroemer
25 August 1928

Wolfgang PaulWolfgang Paul
10 August 1913

Gerhard HerzbergGerhard Herzberg
25 December 1904
Physical Chemist, Physicist
Rudolf MossbauerRudolf Mössbauer
31 January 1929
Johannes Hans Daniel JensenJ. Hans D. Jensen
25 June 1907

Polykarp Kusch Polykarp Kusch
26 January 1911

Horst Ludwig StörmerHorst Ludwig Störmer
06 April 1949

Hans Georg DehmeltHans Georg Dehmelt
09 September 1922
Wilhelm RontgenWilhelm Rontgen
27 March 1845
Winner of First Nobel Prize in Physics

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Walter GerlachWalter Gerlach
01 August 1889

Hermann Klaus Hugo WeylHermann Klaus Hugo Weyl
09 November 1885
Mathematician and Theoretical Physicist

Wilhelm WeberWilhelm Weber
24 October 1804

J. Georg BednorzJ. Georg Bednorz
16 May 1950
Carl Friedrich GaussCarl Friedrich Gauss
30 April 1777
Mathematician, Geophysicist, Astronomer, Science

Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild
09 October 1873
Physicist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist, University
Hermann WeylHermann Weyl
09 November 1885
Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher, University

Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni
30 November 1756
Physicist, Astronomer

Hans GeigerHans Geiger
30 September 1882
Physicist, Inventor, Professor
Rudolf ClausiusRudolf Clausius
02 January 1822
Physicist, University teacher, Mathematician,

Johann Philipp ReisJohann Philipp Reis
07 January 1834
Physicist, Inventor
Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
06 March 1787
Physicist, Astronomer, Chemist

Gustav FechnerGustav Fechner
19 April 1801
Physicist, Psychologist, Statistician, University

Carl Friedrich von WeizsäckerCarl Friedrich von Weizsäcker
28 June 1912
Physicist, Writer, Philosopher, University teacher

Otto von GuerickeOtto von Guericke
20 November 1602
physicist, inventor, politician, dilettante,

Moritz SchlickMoritz Schlick
14 April 1882
Physicist, Philosopher, University teacher,
Ludwig PrandtlLudwig Prandtl
04 February 1875
Physicist, Mechanical engineer, University teacher

Rudolf PeierlsRudolf Peierls
05 June 1907
Theoretical physicist, University teacher

Wolfgang KetterleWolfgang Ketterle
21 October 1957
Physicist, University teacher

Wilhelm Eduard WeberWilhelm Eduard Weber
24 October 1804
Physicist, University teacher
Pascual JordanPascual Jordan
18 October 1902
Physicist, Politician, Academic, University

Hans ReichenbachHans Reichenbach
26 September 1891
Philosopher, Physicist, University teacher
Stefan HellStefan Hell
23 December 1962
Physicist, University teacher

Fritz StrassmannFritz Strassmann
22 February 1902
Chemist, University teacher

Klaus von KlitzingKlaus von Klitzing
28 June 1943
Peter GrünbergPeter Grünberg
18 May 1939
Physicist, University teacher

Julius von MayerJulius von Mayer
25 November 1814
Physicist, Physician
Gerhard ErtlGerhard Ertl
10 October 1936
Physicist, Chemist, University teacher

Friedrich HundFriedrich Hund
04 February 1896
Physicist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer

Thomas Johann SeebeckThomas Johann Seebeck
29 March 1770
Heinrich Rudolf HertzHeinrich Rudolf Hertz
22 February 1857
German physicist

Theodor W. HänschTheodor W. Hänsch
30 October 1941
Johann Wilhelm RitterJohann Wilhelm Ritter
16 December 1776
Physicist, University teacher

Heinrich LenzHeinrich Lenz
12 February 1804

Hagen KleinertHagen Kleinert
15 June 1941

Rolf-Dieter HeuerRolf-Dieter Heuer
24 May 1948
Ernst Karl AbbeErnst Karl Abbe
23 January 1840
German physicist
Rudolf MößbauerRudolf Mößbauer
31 January 1929