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
Physicist

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst
30 April 1982
Actress

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955
Actor

Michael SchumacherMichael Schumacher
03 January 1969
Racing driver

Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929
Writer
Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
02 April 1977
Actor

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770
Composer

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger
15 July 1976
Actress

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
15 October 1844
Philosopher and Philologist
Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
01 June 1973
Model, Fashion Designer

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
16 March 1911
War Criminal
Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
19 March 1906
One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust

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

CharlemagneCharlemagne
02 April 0742
King of the Frank
Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
16 June 1967
Football Manager

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900
Nazi Commander
Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz
04 October 1956
Actor

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
29 October 1897
German Nazi politician

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954
Chancellor of Germany
J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
05 September 1942
Actor, Director
Albert, Prince ConsortAlbert, Prince Consort
26 August 1819
Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Husband of Queen

George I of Great BritainGeorge I of Great Britain
28 May 1660
King of Britain

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Music Composer

Eva BraunEva Braun
06 February 1912
 
Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler
28 April 1908
 
Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
22 April 1724
Philosopher

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

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927
Pope

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685
Composer
Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
03 July 1987
Racing Driver

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Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
01 April 1815
German Statesman

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891
General

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

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904
Nazi Official
Zazie BeetzZazie Beetz
25 May 1991
Actress

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
26 October 1986
Hip-hop Artist
Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948
Singer-songwriter

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
22 September 1515
Former Queen of England

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
26 April 1894
Deputy Führer
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet

Steffi GrafSteffi Graf
14 June 1969
Tennis player
Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

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

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749
Poet

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
10 September 1933
Fashion Designer

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer
Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
02 October 1847
General, Second President of Weimar Republic

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901
Physicist

Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki
19 June 1978
Basketball Player

Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Footballer
Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
16 September 1891
Naval Officer

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
19 March 1905
German Architect
Nastassja KinskiNastassja Kinski
24 January 1961
Actress

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
18 January 1988
Tennis player
Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864
Sociologist

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
17 June 1900
Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
27 August 1770
Philosopher, Philosophy Historian

Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
06 March 1987
Football Player

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
28 October 1979
Co-Founder of YouTube

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
14 October 1906
Philosopher
Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
27 June 1985
Formula One Racing Driver

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
22 February 1788
Philosopher

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860
 

Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer
27 March 1986
Football Player
Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
10 October 1954
Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash
Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
27 December 1571
Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher

Anne BuydensAnne Buydens
23 April 1919
Actress

Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
26 September 1889
German Philosopher
Toni KroosToni Kroos
04 January 1990
Footballer

Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg
1398 AD
Printer

Hugo BossHugo Boss
08 July 1885
Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur

ZeddZedd
02 September 1989
Record Producer

Armin MeiwesArmin Meiwes
01 December 1961
Murderer
Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
14 February 1978
Visual Artist

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer
NicoNico
16 October 1938
Singer

Marco ReusMarco Reus
31 May 1989
Footballer

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model
Thomas MüllerThomas Müller
13 September 1989
Footballer

Bill KaulitzBill Kaulitz
01 September 1989
Singer
Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
10 February 1898
Poet

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels
28 November 1820
Philosopher

Mario GötzeMario Götze
03 June 1992
Football Player

Claus von StauffenbergClaus von Stauffenberg
15 November 1907
Military Leader
Max PlanckMax Planck
23 April 1858
Physicist

Alexander DreymonAlexander Dreymon
07 February 1983
Actor
Empress MatildaEmpress Matilda
07 February 1102
Queen of Germany

Karl BenzKarl Benz
25 November 1844
Entrepreneur
André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929
Musician

Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie
25 October 1913
Nazi Leader
Ernst RöhmErnst Röhm
28 November 1887
Nazi War Criminal

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.