Famous Swiss Inventors & Discoverers

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Auguste Piccard
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Birthdate: January 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: January 28, 1963

Swiss-born Belgian physicist Auguste Piccard is best remembered for his research on the Earth’s upper stratosphere. He designed his own ships to explore the depth of the seas and also built balloons to study cosmic rays. His bathyscaphe remains one of his best-known inventions. He also co-discovered the magnetocaloric effect.

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Paul Hermann Müller
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Birthdate: January 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Olten, Solothurn, Switzerland
Died: October 12, 1965

Paul Hermann Müller was a Swiss chemist known for his discovery of insecticidal qualities and the use of DDT in the control of vector diseases. He received the 1948 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this work. He began his career as a research chemist and later became the Deputy Director of Scientific Research on Substances for Plant Protection. 

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Yves Rossy
(Aviator)

Yves Rossy
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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Julius Maggi
(Founding Maggi, which was merged with Nestle in 1947)

Julius Maggi
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Birthdate: October 9, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Died: October 19, 1912

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Heinrich Rohrer
(Physicist)

Heinrich Rohrer
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Birthdate: June 6, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buchs, Switzerland
Died: May 16, 2013

Nobel Prize-winning Swiss mathematician Heinrich Rohrer is best remembered for co-designing the scanning tunneling microscope along with fellow Nobel winner Ernst Ruska. He was also associated with the IBM Research laboratory and even conducted research on thermal conductivity at Rutgers University in New Jersey while on his honeymoon in the US.

Christian Friedrich Schönbein
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Birthdate: October 18, 1799
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metzingen, Germany
Died: August 29, 1868

German chemist Christian Friedrich Schönbein is best remembered for his discovery of ozone and the fuel cell. He also discovered guncotton, or nitrocellulose, as a result of a kitchen accident. He was an apprentice at a chemical firm at 13 and grew up to teach at the at the University of Basel.

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Walter Zapp
(Inventor)

Walter Zapp
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Birthdate: September 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: July 17, 2003
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Alfred Büchi
(Engineer)

Alfred Büchi
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Birthdate: July 11, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: October 27, 1959

Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac
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Birthdate: April 24, 1817
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: April 15, 1894

While he initially aspired to become a mining engineer, Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac later worked at a porcelain factory and eventually became a professor of chemistry and mineralogy. He is remembered for his research on atomic weights and rare earth elements. He discovered ytterbium and co-discovered gadolinium, too.

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Raphaël Domjan
(Explorer, Skydiver)

Raphaël Domjan
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Birthdate: January 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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Johann Georg Bodmer
(Swiss inventor)

Johann Georg Bodmer
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Birthdate: December 6, 1786
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: May 29, 1864

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Gérald Piaget
(Watchmaker)

Gérald Piaget
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Birthdate: 1918 AD
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: April 19, 1997