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

Josef MengeleJosef Mengele
(War Criminal)

16 March 1911

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven

16 December 1770

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
(Chancellor of Germany)

17 July 1954

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender

02 April 1977

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst

30 April 1982

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
(Nazi Commander)

07 October 1900

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger

15 July 1976

Continue Reading Below

Anne FrankAnne Frank

12 June 1929

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
(Philosopher and Philologist)

15 October 1844

(King of the Frank)

02 April 0742

Heidi KlumHeidi Klum
(Model, Fashion Designer)

01 June 1973

Martin LutherMartin Luther
(Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer)

10 November 1483

Jürgen KloppJürgen Klopp
(Football Manager)

16 June 1967

Continue Reading Below

Joseph GoebbelsJoseph Goebbels
(German Nazi politician)

29 October 1897

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

28 May 1660

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

26 August 1819

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach

31 March 1685

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
(Nazi Official)

07 March 1904

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant

22 April 1724

Continue Reading Below

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

30 October 1683

Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler

28 April 1908

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

Eva BraunEva Braun

06 February 1912

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
(Music Composer)

12 September 1957

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck
(German Statesman)

01 April 1815

Continue Reading Below

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz

04 October 1956

Paul KleePaul Klee

18 December 1879

Rudolf HessRudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)

26 April 1894

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
(Racing Driver)

03 July 1987

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
(Co-founder of PayPal)

11 October 1967

Continue Reading Below

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
(Composer, conductor, theatre director)

22 May 1813

Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld
(Fashion Designer)

10 September 1933

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer
(German Architect)

19 March 1905

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
(Actor, Former Model)

08 March 1973

Continue Reading Below

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe

28 August 1749

Karl DönitzKarl Dönitz
(Naval Officer)

16 September 1891

Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg

05 December 1901

Marco ReusMarco Reus

31 May 1989

Martin BormannMartin Bormann
(Private Secretary of Adolf Hitler)

17 June 1900

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel

23 February 1685

Continue Reading Below

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

02 October 1847

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves
(Former Queen of England)

22 September 1515

Anne BuydensAnne Buydens

23 April 1919

Juliane KoepckeJuliane Koepcke
(Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash)

10 October 1954

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
(Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer)

27 December 1571

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt

14 October 1906

Continue Reading Below
(Record Producer)

02 September 1989

Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
(Actor, Director)

05 September 1942

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

27 August 1770

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

22 October 1811

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne

09 October 1948

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov

29 January 1860

Continue Reading Below
Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger
(German Philosopher)

26 September 1889

Jawed KarimJawed Karim
(Co-Founder of YouTube)

28 October 1979

Johannes GutenbergJohannes Gutenberg

1398 AD

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer

22 February 1788

Toni KroosToni Kroos

04 January 1990

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
(Spiritual Speaker & Author)

16 February 1948

Continue Reading Below

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

27 June 1985

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht

10 February 1898

Mario GötzeMario Götze
(Football Player)

03 June 1992

Thomas MüllerThomas Müller

13 September 1989

Brittney PowellBrittney Powell

04 March 1972

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
(Composer and pianist)

07 May 1833

Continue Reading Below

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels

28 November 1820

Rudolf VirchowRudolf Virchow
(Doctor, Anthropologist)

13 October 1821

Robert SchumannRobert Schumann
(Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic)

08 June 1810

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.