When we talk about famous Germans, which is the first name that comes to our mind? Albert Einstein, the great scientist; Adolf Hitler, the most notorious dictator; or the philosopher and socialist, Karl Marx? The contributions of the Germans to the technological, literary, political and spiritual developments of the world have been so immense that it is difficult to express in words. Creative, focused, efficient and reserved, the Germans are considered to be among the world’s most disciplined and hardworking people. From ancient times, Germans have enriched the world heritage in one way or the other. Way back in the 15th century, Nicholas of Kues became one of the first proponents of Renaissance humanism and thus making spiritual and political contributions to not just European history, but to the world.

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

20 April 1889

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
(Father of Modern Physics)

14 March 1879

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

19 March 1906

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
(Racing driver)

03 January 1969

Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
(Model, Fashion Designer)

01 June 1973

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
(Actress)

30 April 1982

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
(War Criminal)

16 March 1911

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
(Actor)

02 April 1977

Anne FrankAnne Frank
(Writer)

12 June 1929

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
(Composer)

16 December 1770

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
(Nazi Commander)

07 October 1900

CharlemagneCharlemagne
(King of the Frank)

02 April 0742

Martin LutherMartin Luther
(Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer)

10 November 1483

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger

15 July 1976

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
(Chancellor of Germany)

17 July 1954

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
(German Nazi politician)

29 October 1897

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
(Nazi Official)

07 March 1904

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
(Philosopher)

22 April 1724

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
(Pope)

16 April 1927

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

26 August 1819

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
(Composer)

31 March 1685

Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
(Football Manager)

16 June 1967

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler

28 April 1908

Eva BraunEva Braun

06 February 1912

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
(Actor)

04 October 1956

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
(Racing Driver)

03 July 1987

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
(Music Composer)

12 September 1957

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
(German Statesman)

01 April 1815

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
(General)

15 November 1891

George I of Great BritainGeorge I of Great Britain
(King of Britain)

28 May 1660

George II of Great BritainGeorge II of Great Britain
(Former King of Great Britain & Ireland)

30 October 1683

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
(Co-founder of PayPal)

11 October 1967

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)

26 April 1894

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
(Poet)

16 August 1920

ZeddZedd
(Record Producer)

02 September 1989

Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
(Tennis player)

14 June 1969

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
(Composer, conductor, theatre director)

22 May 1813

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
(German Architect)

19 March 1905

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
(Physicist)

05 December 1901

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
(Former Queen of England)

22 September 1515

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Poet)

28 August 1749

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
(Singer-songwriter)

09 October 1948

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
(Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler)

17 June 1900

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
(Naval Officer)

16 September 1891

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
(Fashion Designer)

10 September 1933

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

27 August 1770

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
(Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer)

27 December 1571

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
(Actor, Director)

05 September 1942

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
(Philosopher)

14 October 1906

Toni KroosToni Kroos
(Footballer)

04 January 1990

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
(Co-Founder of YouTube)

28 October 1979

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
(Actor, Former Model)

08 March 1973

Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg
(Printer)

1398 AD

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

Marco ReusMarco Reus
(Footballer)

31 May 1989

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

27 June 1985

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
(Philosopher)

22 February 1788

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
(Composer)

23 February 1685

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

22 October 1811

Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
(German Philosopher)

26 September 1889

Rudolf VirchowRudolf Virchow
(Doctor, Anthropologist)

13 October 1821

Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
(Football Player)

27 March 1986

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
(Spiritual Speaker & Author)

16 February 1948

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
(Poet)

10 February 1898

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller
(Footballer)

13 September 1989

Mario GötzeMario Götze
(Football Player)

03 June 1992

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
(Philosopher)

28 November 1820

Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
(Nazi Leader)

25 October 1913

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
(Composer and pianist)

07 May 1833

Max PlanckMax Planck
(Physicist)

23 April 1858

Brittney PowellBrittney Powell
(Actress)

04 March 1972

Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen
(Philosopher)

16 September 1098

Over the centuries Germans have kept alive their tradition of actively enriching the world history through their philosophical theories, military contributions, literary pursuits, and technological advancements. In fact, Germany boasts of having had more Nobel Prizes in the sciences than any other nation in the 20th century. Germany is also home to some of the most beautiful and talented people who adorn the field of fine arts, theatre and films. Browse this section to read all about the famous Germans who helped shape the world.