Leipzig University

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Discover the notable alumni of Leipzig University. The list includes people like Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Luz Long, Prince Maximilian of Baden, Karl Liebknecht & Thomas Müntzer. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, intellectuals & academics, writers, leaders and scientists etc.
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 1 
Angela Merkel
(First Female Chancellor of Germany (2005 - 2021))
Angela Merkel
83
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 2 
Friedrich Nietzsche
(German Philosopher, Cultural Critic and Philologist)
Friedrich Nietzsche
35
Birthdate: October 15, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Röcken, Lützen, Germany
Died: August 25, 1900
 3 
Richard Wagner
(Known for His Operas and Music Dramas ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ and ‘Tristan und Isolde’)
Richard Wagner
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 22, 1813
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: February 13, 1883
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 4 
Tycho Brahe
(16th Century Danish Astronomer Who is Known for His Accurate and Comprehensive Astronomical Observations)
Tycho Brahe
11
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 14, 1546
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knutstorp Manor, Sweden
Died: October 24, 1601
 5 
Robert Schumann
(One of the Greatest Composer of the Romantic Era which include 'Carnaval, Symphonic Studies and Kinderszenen')
Robert Schumann
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 8, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zwickau, Germany
Died: July 29, 1856
 6 
Gottfried W. Leibniz
(German Mathematician Who Developed the Present Day Notation for the Differential and Integral Calculus)
Gottfried W. Leibniz
25
Birthdate: July 1, 1646
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: November 14, 1716
 7 
Edmund Husserl
(German Philosopher, Mathematician and Founder of Phenomenology)
Edmund Husserl
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 8, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechia
Died: April 27, 1938
 8 
Luz Long
(Olympic long-jumper)
Luz Long
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: July 14, 1943
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
Hjalmar Schacht
(Reichsminister of Economics (1934 - 1937))
Hjalmar Schacht
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tinglev, Denmark
Died: June 3, 1970
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 10 
Leopold von Ranke
(German Historian and a Founder of Modern Source-Based History)
Leopold von Ranke
0
Birthdate: December 21, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wiehe, Roßleben-Wiehe, Germany
Died: May 23, 1886
 11 
Louis Le Prince
(Former inventor of an early motion-picture camera, possibly the first person to shoot a moving picture sequence using a single lens camera)
Louis Le Prince
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: September 16, 1890
 12 
Novalis
(German Romantic Poet and Philosopher Known for His Poems ‘Hymns to the Night’ and ‘Spiritual Songs’)
Novalis
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 2, 1772
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wiederstedt, Germany
Died: March 25, 1801
 13 
Prince Maximilian of Baden
(Last Chancellor of the German Empire and Minister-President of Prussia (1918))
Prince Maximilian of Baden
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baden-Baden, Germany
Died: November 6, 1929
 14 
Karl Liebknecht
(German Socialist and One of the Founders of the 'Communist Party of Germany')
Karl Liebknecht
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 13, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: January 15, 1919
 15 
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
(Former Philosopher who became a founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German idealism)
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
1
Birthdate: May 19, 1762
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rammenau, Germany
Died: January 29, 1814
 16 
Miklós Rózsa
(Composer)
Miklós Rózsa
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 27, 1995
 17 
Georg Philipp Telemann
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 14, 1681
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: June 25, 1767
 18 
Erich Kästner
(Known Primarily for His Humorous, Socially Astute Poems and the Children’s Book 'Emil and the Detectives')
Erich Kästner
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: July 29, 1974
 19 
Lin Yutang
(One of the Most Well-Known Twentieth-Century Chinese Writers)
Lin Yutang
0
Birthdate: October 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Banzai, Fujian, Zhangzhou, China
Died: March 26, 1976
 20 
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
(German Writer, Dramatist, Art Critic and a Spokesperson of the Enlightenment Era)
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 22, 1729
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kamenz, Germany
Died: February 15, 1781
 21 
Hans von Bülow
(Virtuoso Pianist and Romantic-Era Musician Who Became One of the 19th Century’s Most Authoritative Conductors)
Hans von Bülow
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 8, 1830
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: February 12, 1894
 22 
Nicolae Iorga
(34th Prime Minister of Romania (1931 - 1932))
Nicolae Iorga
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani, Romania
Died: November 27, 1940
 23 
Ellen Churchill Semple
(American Geographer Who Made Immense Contributions to the Development of Geography as Discipline in the US)
Ellen Churchill Semple
0
Birthdate: January 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 8, 1932
 24 
Günter Schabowski
(Politician)
Günter Schabowski
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany
Died: November 1, 2015
 25 
Johann Tetzel
(Former Preacher known for selling indulgences)
Johann Tetzel
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1465 AD
Birthplace: Pirna, Germany
Died: August 11, 1519
 26 
Hans-Dietrich Genscher
(Former Vice-Chancellor of Germany)
Hans-Dietrich Genscher
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reideburg, Germany
Died: March 31, 2016
 27 
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
(Chancellor of the German Empire From 1909 to 1917)
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1856
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hohenfinow, Germany
Died: January 1, 1921
 28 
Sándor Márai
(Hungarian Writer, Poet, and Journalist)
Sándor Márai
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia
Died: February 21, 1989
 29 
Charles Spearman
(Psychologist)
Charles Spearman
0
Birthdate: September 10, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 17, 1945
 30 
Kurt Schumacher
(Politician)
Kurt Schumacher
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 13, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chełmno, Poland
Died: August 20, 1952
 31 
Otto von Guericke
(Scientist and politician who established the physics of vacuums and discovered an experimental method for clearly demonstrating electrostatic repulsion.)
Otto von Guericke
1
Birthdate: November 30, 1602
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: May 21, 1686
 32 
Emil Artin
(Austrian Mathematician Best Known for His Work on Algebraic Number Theory)
Emil Artin
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 20, 1962
 33 
Georgius Agricola
(Former Humanist scholar, mineralogist and metallurgist known for his groundbreaking work De Natura Fossilium published in 1546, he is generally referred to as the Father of Mineralogy)
Georgius Agricola
0
Birthdate: March 24, 1494
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glauchau, Germany
Died: November 21, 1555
 34 
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 22, 1710
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: July 1, 1784
Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
3
Birthdate: January 27, 1775
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leonberg, Germany
Died: August 20, 1854
 36 
Wolfgang Iser
(Literary critic)
Wolfgang Iser
0
Birthdate: July 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marienberg, Germany
Died: January 24, 2007
 37 
Constantin von Tischendorf
(German Biblical Scholar Known for Discovering World's Oldest and Most Complete Bible)
Constantin von Tischendorf
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 18, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
Died: December 7, 1874
 38 
Ernst Jünger
(German Soldier and Author Known for His World War I Memoir 'Storm of Steel')
Ernst Jünger
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 29, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Died: February 17, 1998
 39 
Georg Michaelis
(Chancellor of the German Empire for a few months in 1917)
Georg Michaelis
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chojnów, Poland
Died: July 24, 1936
 40 
Friedrich Schlegel
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 10, 1772
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany
Died: January 12, 1829
 41 
Otto Ohlendorf
(German SS Functionary and Holocaust Perpetrator During the Nazi Era)
Otto Ohlendorf
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hoheneggelsen, Söhlde, Germany
Died: June 7, 1951
 42 
Ferdinand Tönnies
(One of the Founding Fathers of Classical German Sociology)
Ferdinand Tönnies
1
Birthdate: July 26, 1855
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oldenswort, Germany
Died: April 9, 1936
Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Prussia
Died: September 17, 1921
 44 
Thomas Müntzer
(German Preacher and Theologian of the Early Reformation)
Thomas Müntzer
1
Birthdate: 1489 AD
Birthplace: Stolberg, Südharz, Germany
Died: May 27, 1525
 45 
Regiomontanus
(Mathematician & Astrologer Known for Founding the World’s First Scientific Printing Press and the First Trigonometric Tables)
Regiomontanus
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 6, 1436
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany
Died: July 6, 1476
 46 
Martin Broszat
(Historian)
Martin Broszat
0
Birthdate: August 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: October 14, 1989
 47 
Karl August Wittfogel
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woltersdorf, Lüchow, Province of Hanover, Free State of Prussia, German Empire
Died: May 25, 1988
 48 
Aline Abboud
(Known for Presenting Tagesthemen)
Aline Abboud
0
Birthdate: January 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Berlin, East Germany
 49 
Cai Yuanpei
(Chinese Philosopher and Politician Who Was an Influential Figure in the History of Chinese Modern Education)
Cai Yuanpei
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 11, 1868
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shaoxing, China
Died: March 5, 1940
 50 
Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 2, 1724
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Quedlinburg, Holy Roman Empire
Died: March 14, 1803