Famous German Psychologists

Find out more about the greatest German Psychologists, including Erik Erikson, Erich Fromm, Kurt Lewin, Hans Eysenck and Hermann Ebbinghaus.

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 1 Erik Erikson

Erik Erikson
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Famous As: American-German psychologist
Birthdate: June 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, German, American
Died: May 12, 1994

Erik Erikson was a German-American psychoanalyst and developmental psychologist best remembered for developing a theory on the psychological development of humans. He is credited with coining the term identity crisis, the failure to achieve ego identity. Also a prolific writer, Erikson won a US National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his book Gandhi's Truth.

 2 Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: August 6, 1969

One of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century, Theodor Adorno was a pioneer of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and despised the culture industry. Born to a singer mother, the German sociologist grew up amid music and could even play Beethoven on the piano by 12.

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 3 Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: March 18, 1980

Erich Fromm was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, and socialist. A German Jew, he fled the Nazi regime and settled in the United States. He was a co-founder of  The William Alanson White Institute and was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He is best remembered for authoring the book Escape from Freedom.

 4 Magnus Hirschfeld

Magnus Hirschfeld
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Famous As: Physician, Writer, Psychologist, Screenwriter, Sexologist
Birthdate: May 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: May 15, 1935

 5 Kurt Lewin

Kurt Lewin
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: September 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German, American
Died: February 12, 1947
Legendary social psychologist Kurt Lewin is remembered for his field theory of behavior. He was a pioneer in the research on group dynamics. While he had served in the army in World War I, an injury made him get back to university to complete his PhD.

 6 Hermann Ebbinghaus

Hermann Ebbinghaus
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Famous As: Psychologist, Educationist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 24, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: February 26, 1909

 7 Helmut Kentler

Helmut Kentler
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: July 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: July 9, 2008
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 8 Fritz Perls

Fritz Perls
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Famous As: Psychologist, Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: March 14, 1970

 9 Emil Kraepelin

Emil Kraepelin
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: February 15, 1856
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: October 7, 1926

The son of a musician, Emil Kraepelin, remembered as the founder of psychiatry, was the first to differentiate between dementia praecox, now known as schizophrenia, and manic-depressive psychosis. His classification of mental illnesses influenced much of the research on the subject in the 20th century.

 10 Wilhelm Dilthey

Wilhelm Dilthey
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Famous As: Philosopher, Historian, Psychologist, Theologian, Educationist, Sociologist, University teacher, Literary critic
Birthdate: November 19, 1833
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: October 1, 1911

 11 Franz Brentano

Franz Brentano
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Famous As: Philosopher, Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: March 17, 1917

 12 Gustav Fechner

Gustav Fechner
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Famous As: Physicist, Psychologist, Statistician, University teacher, Philosopher
Birthdate: April 19, 1801
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: November 18, 1887

 13 Birgit Prinz

Birgit Prinz
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Famous As: Association football player, Psychologist
Birthdate: October 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 14 Kurt Schneider

Kurt Schneider
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Famous As: Military physician, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 7, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: October 27, 1967

 15 Bert Hellinger

Bert Hellinger
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Famous As: Pedagogy, Non-fiction writer, Catholic priest, Psychologist
Birthdate: December 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 16 Hugo Münsterberg

Hugo Münsterberg
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Philosopher
Birthdate: June 1, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American
Died: December 16, 1916

 17 Peter Gay

Peter Gay
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Famous As: Psychologist, Cultural historian, Historian, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American
Died: May 12, 2015

 18 Ulric Neisser

Ulric Neisser
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 8, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German, American
Died: February 17, 2012

 19 Rudolf Arnheim

Rudolf Arnheim
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Famous As: Writer, Art historian, Psychologist, University teacher, Film critic
Birthdate: July 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: June 9, 2007

 20 Gerd Gigerenzer

Gerd Gigerenzer
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

 21 William Stern

William Stern
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: April 29, 1871
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: March 27, 1938

 22 Paul Baltes

Paul Baltes
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Famous As: Psychologist, Author
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: November 7, 2006

 23 Kurt Koffka

Kurt Koffka
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: November 22, 1941

 24 Ludwig Klages

Ludwig Klages
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 10, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: July 29, 1956

 25 Carl Stumpf

Carl Stumpf
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 21, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: December 25, 1936

 26 Eduard Spranger

Eduard Spranger
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: September 17, 1963

 27 Karl Bühler

Karl Bühler
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Famous As: German psychologist
Birthdate: May 27, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: October 24, 1963

 28 Oswald Külpe

Oswald Külpe
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: August 3, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: December 30, 1915

 29 Moritz Lazarus

Moritz Lazarus
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 15, 1824
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: April 13, 1903

 30 Friedrich Eduard Beneke

Friedrich Eduard Beneke
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: February 17, 1798
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: March 1, 1854

 31 Heinrich Klüver

Heinrich Klüver
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: May 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, American
Died: February 8, 1979

 32 Felicitas Rombold

Felicitas Rombold
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Nationality: German

Former model Felicitas Rombold is better known as the wife of Spanish-German actor Daniel Brühl of Good Bye, Lenin! fame. The two are parents to two sons and had tied the knot after the birth of their first child. Felicitas is a psychotherapist and boasts of a PhD in psychology.

 33 Eva Justin

Eva Justin
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: August 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: September 11, 1966

 34 Lydia Benecke

Lydia Benecke
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: October 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 35 Uta Frith

Uta Frith
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: May 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 36 Georg Sieber

Georg Sieber
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 37 Jutta Rudiger

Jutta Rudiger
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: June 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: March 13, 2001

 38 Erich Neumann

Erich Neumann
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, Israeli
Died: November 5, 1960

 39 Julia Shaw

Julia Shaw
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German