Famous German Physiologists

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite German Physiologists

 1 
Wilhelm Wundt
(Philosopher)

Wilhelm Wundt
6
Birthdate: August 16, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: August 31, 1920

Wilhelm Wundt was a German physiologist, professor, and philosopher. He is often counted among the founders of modern psychology and is widely considered the father of experimental psychology. He is also credited with founding the first laboratory for psychological research, which he founded at the University of Leipzig in 1879.

 2 
Theodor Schwann
(Physiologist)

Theodor Schwann
6
Birthdate: December 7, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuss, Germany
Died: January 11, 1882

Theodor Schwann was a German physiologist and physician best remembered for his important contributions to biology. He is credited with discovering the Schwann cells, which is named after him. He is also credited with discovering pepsin and the organic nature of yeast. Theodor Schwann also invented the term metabolism.

 3 
Otto Heinrich Warburg
(Physiologist)

Otto Heinrich Warburg
6
Birthdate: October 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: August 1, 1970

Otto Heinrich Warburg was a German medical doctor and physiologist. In 1931, his discovery of the nature of the respiratory enzyme earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He also played an important role during World War I where he served as an officer in the cavalry regiment; he was honored with the Iron Cross for bravery.

Recommended Lists:

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
6
Birthdate: May 11, 1752
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: January 22, 1840

A pioneer of physical anthropology, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach laid down one of the first racial classification systems for humans after studying human skulls, dividing mankind into five racial groups. Born into a family of academics, he was a prodigy. He was against scientific racism, though his theory promoted the degenerative hypothesis.

 5 
Emil Adolf von Behring
(German physiologist)

Emil Adolf von Behring
6
Birthdate: March 15, 1854
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ławice
Died: March 31, 1917

Nobel Prize-winning German physiologist Emil Adolf von Behring is remembered as a pioneer of immunology for his research on serum therapy developed an antitoxin to cure diphtheria. One of the 13 children of his parents, he had studied medicine at a military academy due to lack of funds.

 6 

Johannes Peter Müller
3
Birthdate: July 14, 1801
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
Died: April 28, 1858

Johannes Peter Müller was a German physiologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and comparative anatomist. Known for his discoveries and his capability to synthesize knowledge, Müller made important contributions to the field of physiology. He also mentored physiologists and scientists like Hermann von Helmholtz, Theodor Schwann, Emil du Bois-Reymond, Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, Ernst Haeckel, and Ernst Wilhelm Brücke.

Emil Heinrich Du Bois-Reymond
2
Birthdate: November 7, 1818
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 26, 1896
You May Like

 8 
Robert Remak
(Physiologist)

Robert Remak
3
Birthdate: July 26, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Poznań, Poland
Died: August 29, 1865

German embryologist and neurologist Robert Remak is known for pathbreaking scientific feats such as the discovery of the Remak’s ganglia and the use of electrotherapy to treat nervous ailments. He also named the three layers of the embryo, the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. His Jewish origin deprived him from valid recognition.

Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
4
Birthdate: April 19, 1795
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delitzsch, Germany
Died: June 27, 1876

 10 
Carl Gustav Carus
(Physiologist)

Carl Gustav Carus
4
Birthdate: January 3, 1789
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: July 28, 1869

 11 
Ewald Hering
(Physiologist)

Ewald Hering
2
Birthdate: August 5, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gersdorf, Germany
Died: January 26, 1918

 12 
Bert Sakmann
(German physiologist)

Bert Sakmann
2
Birthdate: June 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stuttgart

 13 

Julius von Sachs
4
Birthdate: October 2, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: May 29, 1897

 14 
Carl Ludwig
(Physician)

Carl Ludwig
1
Birthdate: December 29, 1816
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Witzenhausen, Germany
Died: April 23, 1895

 15 

Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke
1
Birthdate: July 6, 1819
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: January 7, 1892

Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke was a German physician and physiologist. He studied medicine at the University of Berlin. Together with Emil Du Bois-Reymond, Hermann von Helmholtz and others, he founded the Physikalische Gesellschaft (Physical Society) in Berlin. He had a successful academic career and is remembered for his research on the nature of cells and studies of albumin. 

 16 
Jacques Loeb
(Physiologist)

Jacques Loeb
1
Birthdate: April 7, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mayen, Germany
Died: February 11, 1924

 17 
Felix Hoppe-Seyler
(Physiologist)

Felix Hoppe-Seyler
1
Birthdate: December 26, 1825
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Freyburg, Germany
Died: August 10, 1895

 18 
Ludwig Büchner
(Philosopher)

Ludwig Büchner
1
Birthdate: March 29, 1824
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: May 1, 1899

Ludwig Büchner was a German philosopher, physiologist, and physician. He was one of the exponents of 19th-century scientific materialism. He studied at the University of Strasbourg, the University of Würzburg, and the University of Vienna before becoming a lecturer in medicine. As an exponent of scientific materialism, he founded the "German Freethinkers League" ("Deutsche Freidenkerbund") in Frankfurt.  

 19 
Carl von Voit
(Physiologist)

Carl von Voit
2
Birthdate: October 31, 1831
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amberg, Germany
Died: January 31, 1908

 20 
Wilhelm Pfeffer
(Botanist)

Wilhelm Pfeffer
0
Birthdate: March 9, 1845
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grebenstein, Germany
Died: January 31, 1920

 21 
Martin Henry Fischer
(Physiologist)

Martin Henry Fischer
0
Birthdate: November 10, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: January 19, 1962

Physiologist Martin Henry Fischer, known for his expertise in colloid chemistry, had been a professor at the University of Cincinnati for 40 years. His medical quotes and aphorisms were collected in the book Fischerisms. A painter and art lover too, he designed the interiors of his lecture hall.

 22 

Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold
0
Birthdate: February 16, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: April 7, 1885

 23 
Moritz Schiff
(Physiologist)

Moritz Schiff
0
Birthdate: January 28, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Died: October 6, 1896