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.

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
(Fashion Designer)

10 September 1933

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

20 April 1889

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein

14 March 1879

Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
(Basketball Player)

19 June 1978

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

26 August 1819

J. Cole J. Cole
(Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter)

28 January 1985

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
(Racing driver)

03 January 1969

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach

31 March 1685

Anne FrankAnne Frank

12 June 1929

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
(War Criminal)

16 March 1911

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven

16 December 1770

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender

02 April 1977

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Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
(Model, Fashion Designer)

01 June 1973

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst

30 April 1982

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

19 March 1906

(King of the Frank)

02 April 0742

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger

15 July 1976

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Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
(Football Manager)

16 June 1967

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

28 May 1660

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
(Nazi Commander)

07 October 1900

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz

04 October 1956

Martin LutherMartin Luther
(Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer)

10 November 1483

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler

28 April 1908

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André PrevinAndré Previn

06 April 1929

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
(German Nazi politician)

29 October 1897

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

Eva BraunEva Braun

06 February 1912

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
(Chancellor of Germany)

17 July 1954

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

30 October 1683

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Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant

22 April 1724

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
(Music Composer)

12 September 1957

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
(German Statesman)

01 April 1815

Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
(Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson)

19 May 1959

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
(Nazi Official)

07 March 1904

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Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
(Racing Driver)

03 July 1987

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)

26 April 1894

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
(Composer, conductor, theatre director)

22 May 1813

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
(Co-founder of PayPal)

11 October 1967

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
(Former Queen of England)

22 September 1515

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Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
(Football Player)

06 March 1987

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

(Record Producer)

02 September 1989

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
(Hip-hop Artist)

26 October 1986

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe

28 August 1749

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
(German Architect)

19 March 1905

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Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
(Actor, Director)

05 September 1942

Sophie SchollSophie Scholl
(Anti-Nazi Activist)

09 May 1921

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
(Naval Officer)

16 September 1891

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
(Actor, Former Model)

08 March 1973

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg

05 December 1901

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Jackson BrowneJackson Browne

09 October 1948

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller

13 September 1989

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
(Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler)

17 June 1900

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

27 August 1770

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
(Spiritual Speaker & Author)

16 February 1948

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
(Co-Founder of YouTube)

28 October 1979

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Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
(General, Second President of Weimar Republic)

02 October 1847

Toni KroosToni Kroos

04 January 1990

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

22 October 1811

Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
(Football Player)

27 March 1986

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel

23 February 1685

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

27 June 1985

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Ilse Koch Ilse Koch
(Nazi Concentration Camp Overseer)

22 September 1906

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt

14 October 1906

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer

22 February 1788

Marco ReusMarco Reus

31 May 1989

Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz

01 September 1989

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Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
(Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer)

27 December 1571

Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg

1398 AD

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht

10 February 1898

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.