Famous Swiss Intellectuals & Academics

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 1 Carl Jung

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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kesswil, Thurgau, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1961

Widely regarded as the father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung is one of the most important contributors to symbolization and dream analysis. The concepts of socionics and a popular psychometric instrument called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) were developed from Jung's theory. Apart from working as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung was also an artist, craftsman, builder, and prolific writer.

 2 Jean Piaget

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Birthdate: August 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuchatel
Died: September 16, 1980
Swiss psychologist and academic Jean Piaget is remembered for his work on child development and genetic epistemology, consisting of his theory of cognitive development. He also established the International Center for Genetic Epistemology and was the director of the International Bureau of Education. He was an honorary Harvard doctorate.
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 3 Ferdinand de Saussure

Ferdinand de Saussure
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: November 26, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: February 22, 1913

Known as the father of linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure laid down the concept of semiotics. He distinguished between parole and langue, leading later thinkers to explore structuralism. His only book was his dissertation on vowels in Indo-European languages, with the rest being collections of his lectures.

 4 Alain de Botton

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss-born British philosopher and author, Alain de Botto,n is best known for his work, Essays in Love, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. He is one of the founders of the educational company, The School of Life, launched in 2008. He is a recipient of  "The Fellowship of Schopenhauer", an annual writers' award from the Melbourne Writers Festival. 

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 5 Jacob Burckhardt

Jacob Burckhardt
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Famous As: Art historian, Historian of the modern age, Journalist, Historian, University teacher
Birthdate: May 25, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel
Died: August 8, 1897

 6 Sepp Blatter

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Famous As: Functionary, Economist
Birthdate: March 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Visp

 7 Paracelsus

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Famous As: Physician, Botanist, Astrologer
Birthdate: December 17, 1493
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Died: September 24, 1541
German-Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus, son of a poor chemist, grew up into a key figure of the German Renaissance. Known as the "father of toxicology," he explored the importance of chemistry in medical science. His interest in chemistry was ignited by his stint at the Bergschule in childhood. 
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 8 Karl Barth

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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: December 10, 1968

Swiss theologian Karl Barth is best remembered for his iconic work The Epistle to the Romans. His opposition to the German National Socialism got him suspended as a professor at the University of Bonn. Along with Eduard Thurneysen, he revolutionized Protestant ideals. He also delivered sermons to prisoners in Basel.

 9 Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan
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Famous As: Writer, Faculty, University teacher
Birthdate: August 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva

 10 Billy Meier

Billy Meier
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Famous As: Ufologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bülach

 11 Jacques Piccard

Jacques Piccard
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: November 1, 2008

 12 Jakob Ammann

Jakob Ammann
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Famous As: Tailor
Birthdate: February 12, 1644
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Erlenbach im Simmental
Died: April 22, 2017

 13 Hans Urs von Balthasar

Hans Urs von Balthasar
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Famous As: Theologian, Writer, Catholic priest
Birthdate: August 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne
Died: June 26, 1988

 14 Hans Küng

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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sursee

 15 Emma Jung

Emma Jung
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaffhausen
Died: November 27, 1955

 16 Toni Wolff

Toni Wolff
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: September 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: March 21, 1953

 17 Marc Faber

Marc Faber
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Famous As: Economist, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: February 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich

 18 Max Frisch

Max Frisch
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Famous As: Writer, Architect, Playwright, Novelist, Diarist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Journalist, Biographer
Birthdate: May 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: April 4, 1991

 19 Philipp Hildebrand

Philipp Hildebrand
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Famous As: Banker, Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bern

 20 Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 21 Conrad Gessner

Conrad Gessner
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 26, 1516
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: December 13, 1565

 22 Marie-Louise von Franz

Marie-Louise von Franz
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Famous As: Psychologist, Scientist, Writer
Birthdate: January 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich
Died: February 17, 1998

 23 Brother Roger

Brother Roger
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Provence
Died: August 16, 2005

 24 Heinrich Wölfflin

Heinrich Wölfflin
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Famous As: Art Historian
Birthdate: June 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: July 19, 1945

 25 Henri Frédéric Amiel

Henri Frédéric Amiel
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Birthdate: September 27, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: May 11, 1881

 26 Heinrich Bullinger

Heinrich Bullinger
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Famous As: Swiss theologian
Birthdate: July 18, 1504
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bremgarten
Died: September 17, 1575

 27 Philip Schaff

Philip Schaff
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Famous As: Church historian, Translator, Theologian, University teacher, Writer, Bible translator
Birthdate: January 1, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chur
Died: October 20, 1893

 28 William B. Helmreich

William B. Helmreich
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: March 28, 2020

 29 Emil Brunner

Emil Brunner
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: December 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: April 6, 1966

 30 Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi

Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: May 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: June 25, 1842

 31 Isaac Casaubon

Isaac Casaubon
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: February 18, 1559
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 1, 1614

 32 Johann Jakob Bachofen

Johann Jakob Bachofen
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Famous As: Antiquarian
Birthdate: December 22, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: November 25, 1887

 33 Thomas Erastus

Thomas Erastus
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: September 7, 1524
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aargau, Switzerland
Died: December 31, 1583

 34 Paul Bernays

Paul Bernays
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: October 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Died: September 18, 1977

Paul Bernays was a Swiss mathematician best remembered for his association with the German mathematician David Hilbert. Bernays is also remembered for making significant contributions to the philosophy of mathematics, axiomatic set theory, and mathematical logic. Paul Bernays is credited with publishing a two-volume work titled Grundlagen der Mathematik, which houses the famous Hilbert–Bernays paradox.

 35 Georges Cottier

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Famous As: Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest
Birthdate: April 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carouge
Died: March 31, 2016

 36 Gilberto Agustoni

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Famous As: Theologian, Catholic priest
Birthdate: July 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schaffhausen
Died: January 13, 2017

 37 Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Hans-Ulrich Obrist
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Famous As: curator, art critic, art historian, writer
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Zürich

 38 Jean Senebier

Jean Senebier
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: May 6, 1742
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 22, 1809

 39 Joseph Deiss

Joseph Deiss
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fribourg

 40 Jean Leclerc

Jean Leclerc
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: March 19, 1657
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 8, 1736

 41 Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné

Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné
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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: August 16, 1794
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eaux-Vives, Switzerland
Died: October 21, 1872

 42 Pierre Viret

Pierre Viret
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Famous As: Reformer
Birthdate: 1511 AD
Birthplace: Orbe, Switzerland
Died: May 4, 1571

 43 Alexandre Vinet

Alexandre Vinet
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Famous As: Critic
Birthdate: June 17, 1797
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ouchy, Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: May 4, 1847

 44 Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier

Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: August 6, 1840
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: March 18, 1914

 45 Aegidius Tschudi

Aegidius Tschudi
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: February 5, 1505
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glarus, Switzerland
Died: February 28, 1572

 46 Horace Bénédict de Saussure

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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 22, 1799

 47 Jean-André Deluc

Jean-André Deluc
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 8, 1727
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: November 7, 1817

 48 Johann Rudolf Wyss

Johann Rudolf Wyss
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 4, 1782
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: March 21, 1830

 49 Joachim Vadianus

Joachim Vadianus
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Famous As: Humanist
Birthdate: November 29, 1484
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died: April 6, 1551

 50 Henry E. Sigerist

Henry E. Sigerist
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Famous As: Medical Historian
Birthdate: April 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1957