List of famous German men with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Famous People From Germany

Germany is one of those countries whose influence on the world history has been immense. German men, be it the world renowned Nobel Prize winning physicist Albert Einstein or the ruthless Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, have indelibly marked the world and changed the course of history. German men often have to put up with the stereotypes that they are arrogant, reserved and lack a funny bone. But do they really? If Germans really lacked a sense of humour, then world famous comedians like Franz Xaver Wagner or Markus Majowski would not exist! Germans are no doubt intellectual people.

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
(Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of Germany)

20 April 1889

30 April 1945

Braunau am Inn

Aries

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
(Father of Modern Physics)

14 March 1879

18 April 1955

Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire

Pisces

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
(Pope)

16 April 1927

Marktl, Germany

Aries

Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

14 March 1883

Trier

Taurus

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
(Composer)

16 December 1770

26 March 1827

Bonn, Germany

Sagittarius

CharlemagneCharlemagne

02 April 0742

28 January 0814

Herstal

Aries

Martin LutherMartin Luther
(Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer)

10 November 1483

18 February 1546

Eisleben, Germany

Scorpio

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

25 August 1900

Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia

Libra

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
(Philosopher)

22 April 1724

12 February 1804

Königsberg, Germany

Taurus

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
(General)

15 November 1891

14 October 1944

Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany

Scorpio

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
(Music Composer)

12 September 1957

Frankfurt am Main, West Germany

Virgo

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
(Composer)

31 March 1685

28 July 1750

Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach

Aries

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
(German Statesman)

01 April 1815

30 July 1898

Schönhausen

Aries

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
(Racing driver)

03 January 1969

Hürth, Germany

Capricorn

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
(War Criminal)

16 March 1911

07 February 1979

Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany

Pisces

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels

29 October 1897

01 May 1945

Rheydt

Scorpio

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
(Nazi Commander)

07 October 1900

23 May 1945

Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany

Libra

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus

19 February 1473

24 May 1543

Toruń

Aquarius

Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
(Football Player)

27 March 1986

Gelsenkirchen, West Germany

Aries

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
(German Architect)

19 March 1905

01 September 1981

Mannheim, Baden, Germany

Pisces

John DenverJohn Denver
(Singer-songwriter)

31 December 1943

12 October 1997

Roswell

Capricorn

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
(Naval Officer)

16 September 1891

24 December 1980

Grünau

Virgo

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
(Composer, conductor, theatre director)

22 May 1813

13 February 1883

Leipzig

Gemini

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler

28 April 1908

09 October 1974

Svitavy

Taurus

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
(One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust)

19 March 1906

31 May 1962

Solingen, Rhine Province, Germany

Pisces

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
(Fashion Designer)

10 September 1933

Hamburg

Virgo

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
(Nazi Official)

07 March 1904

04 June 1942

Halle

Pisces

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
(Actor, Director)

05 September 1942

Munich

Virgo

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
(Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler)

17 June 1900

02 May 1945

Wegeleben

Gemini

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
(Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer)

27 December 1571

15 November 1630

Weil der Stadt

Capricorn

Gerd MüllerGerd Müller
(Former German Footballer)

03 November 1945

Nördlingen, Allied-occupied Germany

Scorpio

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Poet)

28 August 1749

22 March 1832

Frankfurt

Virgo

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

27 June 1985

Wiesbaden, Germany

Cancer

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
(Poet)

16 August 1920

09 March 1994

Andernach

Leo

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun

23 March 1912

16 June 1977

Wyrzysk

Aries

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
(Composer)

23 February 1685

14 April 1759

Halle, Germany

Pisces

Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg
(Printer)

1398 AD

03 February 1468

Mainz

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
(Physicist)

05 December 1901

01 February 1976

Würzburg

Sagittarius

Max RiemeltMax Riemelt

07 January 1984

Germany

Capricorn

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
(Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher)

22 October 1811

31 July 1886

Raiding, Hungary

Libra

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
(Racing Driver)

03 July 1987

Heppenheim

Cancer

Frederick the GreatFrederick The Great
(King of Prussia)

24 January 1712

17 August 1786

Berlin

Aquarius

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
(Philosopher)

22 February 1788

21 September 1860

Gdańsk

Pisces

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
(Philosopher)

28 November 1820

05 August 1895

Barmen, Germany

Sagittarius

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Philosopher, Philosophy Historian)

27 August 1770

14 November 1831

Stuttgart, Duchy of Württemberg, Germany

Virgo

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
(Composer and pianist)

07 May 1833

03 April 1897

Hamburg

Taurus

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
(Poet)

10 February 1898

14 August 1956

Augsburg, German Empire

Aquarius

Max PlanckMax Planck
(Physicist)

23 April 1858

04 October 1947

Kiel

Taurus

Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
(German Philosopher)

26 September 1889

26 May 1976

Meßkirch, Baden,, German Empire

Libra

Robert SchumannRobert Schumann
(Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic)

08 June 1810

29 July 1856

Zwickau

Gemini

Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
(Nazi Leader)

25 October 1913

1991 AD

Bad Godesberg

Scorpio

Erik EriksonErik Erikson
(American-German psychologist)

15 June 1902

12 May 1994

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Gemini

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
(Singer-songwriter)

09 October 1948

Heidelberg, Germany

Libra

Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
(Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)

26 August 1819

14 December 1861

Coburg

Virgo

Roland EmmerichRoland Emmerich
(Film Director, Screenwriter)

10 November 1955

Stuttgart, Germany

Scorpio

Karlheinz StockhausenKarlheinz Stockhausen
(Composer)

22 August 1928

05 December 2007

Mödrath

Leo

Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl
(Former Chancellor of Germany)

03 April 1930

16 June 2017

Ludwigshafen

Aries

Miroslav KloseMiroslav Klose
(German Footballer)

09 June 1978

Opole, Poland

Gemini

Alexander von HumboldtAlexander von Humboldt
(Geographer)

14 September 1769

06 May 1859

Berlin

Virgo

Lothar MatthäusLothar Matthäus
(Former German Footballer)

21 March 1961

Erlangen, Bavaria, West Germany

Aries

Ludwig Mies van der RoheLudwig Mies van der Rohe
(Architect)

27 March 1886

17 August 1969

Aachen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire

Aries

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer

04 February 1906

09 April 1945

Breslau, Silesia Province, Prussia

Aquarius

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse
(Poet)

02 July 1877

09 August 1962

Calw

Cancer

Alfred WegenerAlfred Wegener
(Researcher)

01 November 1880

31 October 1930

Berlin

Scorpio

Paul Thomas MannThomas Mann
(Novelist, Short Story Writer)

06 June 1875

12 August 1955

Lübeck, Germany

Gemini

Paul KleePaul Klee
(Painter)

18 December 1879

29 June 1940

Münchenbuchsee

Sagittarius

Franz BeckenbauerFranz Beckenbauer
(Former German Footballer)

11 September 1945

Munich, Germany

Virgo

Konrad AdenauerKonrad Adenauer
(Former Chancellor of Germany)

05 January 1876

19 April 1967

Cologne

Capricorn

Georg CantorGeorg Cantor
(Mathematician)

03 March 1845

06 January 1918

Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire

Pisces

Walter BenjaminWalter Benjamin

15 July 1892

27 September 1940

Berlin, German Empire

Cancer

Willy BrandtWilly Brandt
(Former Chancellor of Germany)

18 December 1913

08 October 1992

Lübeck

Sagittarius

David HilbertDavid Hilbert
(Mathematician)

23 January 1862

14 February 1943

Königsberg or Wehlau, Province of Prussia (today Znamensk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia)

Aquarius

Jürgen KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann
(Football Player)

30 July 1964

Göppingen

Leo

Max ErnstMax Ernst
(Painter, Sculptor)

02 April 1891

01 April 1976

Brühl

Aries

Robert KochRobert Koch
(Physician)

11 December 1843

27 May 1910

Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Sagittarius

Heinrich HertzHeinrich Hertz
(Physicist)

22 February 1857

01 January 1894

Hamburg

Pisces

Rudolf VirchowRudolf Virchow
(Doctor, Anthropologist)

13 October 1821

05 September 1902

Schivelbein, Pomerania, Kingdom of Prussia

Libra

Ernst HaeckelErnst Haeckel
(Biologist, Physician, Philosopher & Artist)

16 February 1834

09 August 1919

Potsdam

Aquarius

Boris  BeckerBoris Becker
(Former World No. 1 Tennis Star)

22 November 1967

Leimen, West Germany

Scorpio

Wilhelm WundtWilhelm Wundt
(Philosopher)

16 August 1832

31 August 1920

Mannheim

Leo

Günter GrassGünter Grass
(Novelist)

16 October 1927

13 April 2015

Free City of Danzig

Libra

Fritz HaberFritz Haber
(Chemist)

09 December 1868

29 January 1934

Wrocław

Sagittarius

Otto FrankOtto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

12 May 1889

19 August 1980

Frankfurt am Main, German Empire

Taurus

Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel
(Composer, Organist and Teacher)

01 September 1653

09 March 1706

Nuremberg

Virgo

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
(Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher)

10 November 1759

09 May 1805

Marbach am Neckar

Scorpio

Walter GropiusWalter Gropius
(Architect)

18 May 1883

05 July 1969

Berlin, German Empire

Taurus

Alfred JodlAlfred Jodl
(Military Commander, Nazi War Criminal)

10 May 1890

16 October 1946

Würzburg

Taurus

Bernhard RiemannBernhard Riemann
(Mathematician)

17 September 1826

20 July 1866

Breselenz

Virgo

Alfred RosenbergAlfred Rosenberg
(Nazi Party Ideologue)

12 January 1893

16 October 1946

Tallinn

Capricorn

Erich Maria RemarqueErich Maria Remarque
(Novelist)

22 June 1898

25 September 1970

Osnabrück, Saxony, Germany

Cancer

Max BornMax Born
(Physicist)

11 December 1882

05 January 1970

Wrocław

Sagittarius

Theodor SchwannTheodor Schwann
(Physiologist)

07 December 1810

11 January 1882

Neuss, Germany

Sagittarius

Robert BunsenRobert Bunsen
(Chemist)

30 March 1811

16 August 1899

Göttingen

Aries

Carl OrffCarl Orff
(Composer)

10 July 1895

29 March 1982

Munich

Cancer

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
(Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy)

29 December 1911

28 January 1988

Rüsselsheim, German Empire

Capricorn

Hermann von HelmholtzHermann von Helmholtz
(Physicist and Physician)

31 August 1821

08 September 1894

Potsdam

Virgo

Francis I, Holy Roman EmperorFrancis I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

08 December 1708

18 August 1765

Nancy

Sagittarius

Paul TillichPaul Tillich

20 August 1886

22 October 1965

Starzeddel, Brandenburg, Germany

Leo

Kurt WeillKurt Weill
(Composer)

02 March 1900

03 April 1950

Dessau

Pisces

Quote Of The Day

Great scientists like Rudolf Diesel, Wilhelm Ostwald, and Eduard Adolf Strasburger were Germans and the nation has also produced some of the finest philosophers in the world.  Friedrich Nietzsche, the early existential philosopher was a German man as was the sociologist and philosopher Karl Marx. Germans really love sports and have always performed well at international events. In fact founder of the Paralympics, Ludwig Guttmann, was a German. Coming to the contemporary era, Michael Schumacher, the former racing driver too is a proud German. Want to learn more about various interesting and famous men from Germany? Read on!