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
20 April 1889
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of
Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
03 January 1969
Racing driver

J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982

Karl MarxKarl Marx
05 May 1818
Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
16 March 1911
War Criminal

George I of Great BritainGeorge I of Great Britain
28 May 1660
King of Britain
Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany
Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
03 July 1987
Racing Driver

George II of Great BritainGeorge II of Great Britain
30 October 1683
Former King of Great Britain & Ireland

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770
Composer, Pianist

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
19 March 1906
One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust

Wilhelm IIWilhelm II
27 January 1859
Emperor of Germany
02 April 0742
King of the Frank

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844

Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
26 August 1819
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Husband of Queen

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander
Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
02 April 1977

Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg
1398 AD
Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
01 June 1973
Model, Fashion Designer

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger
15 July 1976
Jürgen KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann
30 July 1964
Football Player

Hermann GoringHermann Goring
12 January 1893
German Military Leader
Toni KroosToni Kroos
04 January 1990

Martin LutherMartin Luther
10 November 1483
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer

George PattonGeorge Patton
11 November 1885
Military Officer
Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official

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Eva BraunEva Braun
06 February 1912
Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler
28 April 1908

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
27 March 1986
Football Player
Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
14 June 1969
Tennis player
Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
04 October 1956

Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
19 May 1959
Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
27 June 1985
Formula One Racing Driver

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891
Mesut OzilMesut Ozil
15 October 1988

Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
16 June 1967
Football Manager

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Film score composer
Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman

Ursula von der LeyenUrsula von der Leyen
08 October 1958
President of the European Commission
Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685

Alexandra FeodorovnaAlexandra Feodorovna
06 June 1872

Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
19 June 1978
Basketball Player
Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
22 April 1724

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller
13 September 1989
Christian IX of DenmarkChristian IX of Denmark
08 April 1818
King of Denmark

Zazie BeetzZazie Beetz
25 May 1991

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
05 September 1942
Actor, Director

Serge GnabrySerge Gnabry
14 July 1995
Football Player

Gerd MüllerGerd Müller
03 November 1945
Former German Footballer
Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England

Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer
Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948
Miroslav KloseMiroslav Klose
09 June 1978
German Footballer

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
19 March 1905
German Architect

Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
25 October 1913
Nazi Leader
Nastassja KinskiNastassja Kinski
24 January 1961

Anne BuydensAnne Buydens
23 April 1919
Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
10 October 1954
Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
02 October 1847
General, Second President of Weimar Republic
Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
28 October 1979
Co-Founder of YouTube
Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
22 February 1788

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901

Sophie SchollSophie Scholl
09 May 1921
Anti-Nazi Activist

Frederick the GreatFrederick The Great
24 January 1712
King of Prussia
Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
10 September 1933
Fashion Designer

Rudolf HössRudolf Höss
25 November 1901
Nazi War Criminal

Alexander DreymonAlexander Dreymon
07 February 1983

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
27 August 1770
Philosopher, Philosophy Historian

Empress Elisabeth of AustriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria
24 December 1837
Empress of Austria

Florence KasumbaFlorence Kasumba
26 October 1976

Marco ReusMarco Reus
31 May 1989
16 October 1938

Armin MeiwesArmin Meiwes
01 December 1961
Lothar MatthäusLothar Matthäus
21 March 1961
Former German Footballer

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
14 October 1906
Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm
28 November 1887
Nazi War Criminal
Mario GötzeMario Götze
03 June 1992
Football Player

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.