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
(Father of Modern Physics)

14 March 1879

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
(Model, Fashion Designer)

01 June 1973

Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

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

28 January 1985

Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
(Basketball Player)

19 June 1978

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
(War Criminal)

16 March 1911

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

26 August 1819

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

19 March 1906

Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
(Football Player)

06 March 1987

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
(Racing driver)

03 January 1969

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Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
(Composer)

16 December 1770

Anne FrankAnne Frank
(Writer)

12 June 1929

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
(Actor)

02 April 1977

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
(Actress)

30 April 1982

Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
(Football Manager)

16 June 1967

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger

15 July 1976

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

28 May 1660

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

CharlemagneCharlemagne
(King of the Frank)

02 April 0742

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
(Nazi Commander)

07 October 1900

Martin LutherMartin Luther
(Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer)

10 November 1483

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
(Chancellor of Germany)

17 July 1954

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Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler

28 April 1908

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
(Actor)

04 October 1956

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

30 October 1683

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
(German Nazi politician)

29 October 1897

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
(Composer)

31 March 1685

Eva BraunEva Braun

06 February 1912

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Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
(Nazi Official)

07 March 1904

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
(Philosopher)

22 April 1724

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
(General)

15 November 1891

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
(Music Composer)

12 September 1957

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

19 May 1959

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
(German Statesman)

01 April 1815

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Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
(Pope)

16 April 1927

Paul KleePaul Klee
(Painter)

18 December 1879

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)

26 April 1894

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
(Former Queen of England)

22 September 1515

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
(Poet)

16 August 1920

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Peter ThielPeter Thiel
(Co-founder of PayPal)

11 October 1967

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
(Composer, conductor, theatre director)

22 May 1813

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Poet)

28 August 1749

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
(German Architect)

19 March 1905

Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz
(Musician)

01 September 1989

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ZeddZedd
(Record Producer)

02 September 1989

Heinrich HertzHeinrich Hertz
(Physicist)

22 February 1857

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
(Naval Officer)

16 September 1891

André PrevinAndré Previn
(Musician)

06 April 1929

Sophie SchollSophie Scholl
(Anti-Nazi Activist)

09 May 1921

Anne BuydensAnne Buydens
(Actress)

23 April 1919

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Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
(Physicist)

05 December 1901

Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
(Tennis player)

14 June 1969

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
(Composer)

23 February 1685

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
(Actor, Director)

05 September 1942

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
(Actor, Former Model)

08 March 1973

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
(Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler)

17 June 1900

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Marco ReusMarco Reus
(Footballer)

31 May 1989

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

02 October 1847

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
(Singer-songwriter)

09 October 1948

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
(Marxist Theorist)

05 March 1871

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

22 October 1811

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

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Jawed KarimJawed Karim
(Co-Founder of YouTube)

28 October 1979

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
(Spiritual Speaker & Author)

16 February 1948

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

27 August 1770

Ilse Koch Ilse Koch
(Nazi Concentration Camp Overseer)

22 September 1906

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
(Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer)

27 December 1571

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Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg
(Printer)

1398 AD

Bill KaulitzBill Kaulitz
(Singer)

01 September 1989

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
(Philosopher)

22 February 1788

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.