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

Heinrich HertzHeinrich Hertz

22 February 1857

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg

05 December 1901

Max PlanckMax Planck

23 April 1858

Max BornMax Born

11 December 1882

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs

29 December 1911

Hermann von HelmholtzHermann von Helmholtz

31 August 1821

Georg OhmGeorg Ohm

16 March 1789

Gustav KirchhoffGustav Kirchhoff

12 March 1824

Philipp LenardPhilipp Lenard

07 June 1862

Arnold SommerfeldArnold Sommerfeld

05 December 1868

Max von Laue or Max bMax von Laue

09 October 1879

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Walther NernstWalther Nernst

25 June 1864

James FranckJames Franck

26 August 1882

Wilhelm WienWilhelm Wien

13 January 1864

Ernst RuskaErnst Ruska

25 December 1906

Johannes StarkJohannes Stark

15 April 1874

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Otto SternOtto Stern

17 February 1888

Gerd Binnig Gerd Binnig

20 July 1947

Walther BotheWalther Bothe

08 January 1891

Rudolf MossbauerRudolf Mössbauer

31 January 1929

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Herbert KroemerHerbert Kroemer

25 August 1928

Wolfgang PaulWolfgang Paul

10 August 1913

Gerhard HerzbergGerhard Herzberg

25 December 1904

Johannes Hans Daniel JensenJ. Hans D. Jensen

25 June 1907

Polykarp Kusch Polykarp Kusch

26 January 1911

Walter GerlachWalter Gerlach

01 August 1889

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Hans Georg DehmeltHans Georg Dehmelt

09 September 1922

Wilhelm RontgenWilhelm Rontgen

27 March 1845

Hermann Klaus Hugo WeylHermann Klaus Hugo Weyl

09 November 1885

Wilhelm WeberWilhelm Weber

24 October 1804

J. Georg BednorzJ. Georg Bednorz

16 May 1950

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Carl Friedrich GaussCarl Friedrich Gauss

30 April 1777

Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild

09 October 1873

Hermann WeylHermann Weyl

09 November 1885

Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni

30 November 1756

Rudolf ClausiusRudolf Clausius

02 January 1822

Otto von GuerickeOtto von Guericke

20 November 1602

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Hans GeigerHans Geiger

30 September 1882

Gustav FechnerGustav Fechner

19 April 1801

Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer

06 March 1787

Johann Philipp ReisJohann Philipp Reis

07 January 1834

Ludwig PrandtlLudwig Prandtl

04 February 1875

Carl Friedrich von WeizsäckerCarl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

28 June 1912

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Moritz SchlickMoritz Schlick

14 April 1882

Pascual JordanPascual Jordan

18 October 1902

Wilhelm Eduard WeberWilhelm Eduard Weber

24 October 1804

Rudolf PeierlsRudolf Peierls

05 June 1907

Hans ReichenbachHans Reichenbach

26 September 1891

Stefan HellStefan Hell

23 December 1962

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Wolfgang KetterleWolfgang Ketterle

21 October 1957

Fritz StrassmannFritz Strassmann

22 February 1902

Julius von MayerJulius von Mayer

25 November 1814

Friedrich HundFriedrich Hund

04 February 1896

Peter GrünbergPeter Grünberg

18 May 1939

Klaus von KlitzingKlaus von Klitzing

28 June 1943

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Gerhard ErtlGerhard Ertl

10 October 1936

Johann Wilhelm RitterJohann Wilhelm Ritter

16 December 1776

Theodor W. HänschTheodor W. Hänsch

30 October 1941

Heinrich Rudolf HertzHeinrich Rudolf Hertz

22 February 1857

Thomas Johann SeebeckThomas Johann Seebeck

29 March 1770

Heinrich LenzHeinrich Lenz

12 February 1804

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Hagen KleinertHagen Kleinert

15 June 1941

Rolf-Dieter HeuerRolf-Dieter Heuer

24 May 1948

Ernst Karl AbbeErnst Karl Abbe

23 January 1840

Rudolf MößbauerRudolf Mößbauer

31 January 1929