Find out more about the greatest Swiss, including Roger Federer, Carl Jung, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mirka Federer and Leonhard Euler.

Who could have thought that a fancy sounding country best known for its chocolates, watches, banks, the Alps and knives could also bear superstars like Roger Federer, Martina Hingis, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Jean Piaget, and Gottfried Keller? That is right. It is easy to associate Switzerland to fine timepieces, luxurious chocolates, and unassailable knives than these great men. Nevertheless, Switzerland owes its place under the sun to these stalwarts who have ushered in magnanimous name, fame, and wealth for their country with their undertakings. It is because of these enterprising minds that Switzerland ranks among some of the most enlightened, progressive thinking countries in the world. Be it sports, science, art, music, invention, or acting, the Swiss have waved their victory flag in diverse arenas and with aplomb. We dig down the inspiring lives of the famous Swiss people in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts in the biographies here. Rest assured, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Roger FedererRoger Federer
(Tennis Star)

08 August 1981

Basel, Switzerland

Leo

Carl JungCarl Jung
(Psychiatrist)

26 July 1875

06 June 1961

Kesswil, Thurgau, Switzerland

Leo

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
(Philosopher, Writer, & Composer)

28 June 1712

02 July 1778

Geneva

Cancer

Leonhard EulerLeonhard Euler
(Mathematician, Physicist)

15 April 1707

18 September 1783

Basel

Aries

Jean PiagetJean Piaget

09 August 1896

16 September 1980

Neuchatel

Leo

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier
(Architect)

06 October 1887

27 August 1965

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Libra

Kat GrahamKat Graham
(Actress)

05 September 1989

Geneva, Switzerland

Virgo

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov
(Novelist)

22 April 1899

02 July 1977

Saint Petersburg

Taurus

Otto FrankOtto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

12 May 1889

19 August 1980

Frankfurt am Main, German Empire

Taurus

Jocelyn WildensteinJocelyn Wildenstein
(Socialite)

05 August 1940

Lausanne

Leo

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse
(Poet)

02 July 1877

09 August 1962

Calw

Cancer

ParacelsusParacelsus
(Physician, Botanist, Astrologer)

17 December 1493

24 September 1541

Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Sagittarius

H. R. GigerH. R. Giger
(Painter)

05 February 1940

12 May 2014

Chur

Aquarius

Albert HofmannAlbert Hofmann
(The First Person to Synthesize LSD)

11 January 1906

29 April 2008

Baden

Capricorn

Paul Thomas MannThomas Mann
(Novelist, Short Story Writer)

06 June 1875

12 August 1955

Lübeck, Germany

Gemini

Alberto GiacomettiAlberto Giacometti
(Sculptor,Painter)

10 October 1901

11 January 1966

Stampa

Libra

Paul KleePaul Klee
(Painter)

18 December 1879

29 June 1940

Münchenbuchsee

Sagittarius

Maximilian SchellMaximilian Schell
(Actor, Director)

08 December 1930

01 February 2014

Vienna, Austria

Sagittarius

Mirka FedererMirka Federer
(Tennis Player)

01 April 1978

Bojnice, Slovakia

Aries

Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
(Philosopher)

30 May 1814

01 July 1876

Russia

Gemini

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
(Author)

20 December 1969

Zürich, Switzerland

Sagittarius

Daniel BernoulliDaniel Bernoulli
(Mathematician)

08 February 1700

17 March 1782

Groningen

Aquarius

Louis ChevroletLouis Chevrolet
(Founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company)

25 December 1878

06 June 1941

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Capricorn

Michelle HunzikerMichelle Hunziker
(Model, Actress)

24 January 1977

Sorengo

Aquarius

Karl BarthKarl Barth
(Theologian)

10 May 1886

10 December 1968

Basel, Switzerland

Taurus

Henry DunantHenry Dunant
(Founder of the Red Cross)

08 May 1828

30 October 1910

Geneva, Switzerland

Taurus

Jacob BernoulliJacob Bernoulli
(Mathematician)

27 December 1654

16 August 1705

Basel, Switzerland

Capricorn

Johann BernoulliJohann Bernoulli
(Mathematician)

06 August 1667

01 January 1748

Basel

Leo

Fabian CancellaraFabian Cancellara
(Bicycler)

18 March 1981

Wohlen bei Bern

Pisces

Hermann RorschachHermann Rorschach
(Swiss psychiatrist)

08 November 1884

01 April 1922

Zurich, Switzerland

Scorpio

Venus PalermoVenus Palermo
(YouTuber)

08 February 1997

Brugg

Aquarius

Felix BlochFelix Bloch
(Physicist)

23 October 1905

10 September 1983

Zürich

Libra

Pipilotti RistPipilotti Rist
(Visual Artist)

21 June 1962

Grabs

Gemini

Ernest BlochErnest Bloch
(Composer)

24 July 1880

01 January 1970

Geneva

Leo

Johann Heinrich LambertJohann Heinrich Lambert
(Mathematician, Physicist and Astronomer)

26 August 1728

25 September 1777

Republic of Mulhouse, Independent city-state

Virgo

Alexandre Émile John YersinAlexandre Yersin
(Discoverer of Yersinia Pestis)

22 September 1863

01 March 1943

Aubonne, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland

Virgo

Alfred WernerAlfred Werner
(Chemist)

12 December 1866

15 November 1919

Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France

Sagittarius

Vladimir PrelogVladimir Prelog
(Chemist)

23 July 1906

07 January 1998

Sarajevo

Cancer

Paul Hermann MüllerPaul Hermann Müller
(Chemist)

12 January 1899

12 October 1965

Olten, Solothurn, Switzerland

Capricorn

Richard R. ErnstRichard R. Ernst
(Chemist)

14 August 1933

Winterthur

Leo

Werner ArberWerner Arber
(Microbiologist & Geneticist)

03 June 1929

Gränichen, Aarau, Aargau, Switzerland

Gemini

Heinrich RohrerHeinrich Rohrer
(Physicist)

06 June 1933

16 May 2013

Buchs

Gemini

Albrecht von HallerAlbrecht von Haller
(Anatomist)

16 October 1708

12 December 1777

Bern

Libra

Paul BernaysPaul Bernays
(Mathematician)

17 October 1888

18 September 1977

London

Libra

Walter Rudolf HessWalter Rudolf Hess
(Physiologist)

17 March 1881

12 August 1973

Frauenfeld

Pisces

Albert AnkerAlbert Anker
(Painter)

01 April 1831

16 July 1910

Ins

Aries

K. Alex MüllerK. Alex Müller
(Physicist)

20 April 1927

Basel

Aries

Cuno AmietCuno Amiet
(Painter, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor)

28 March 1868

07 July 1961

Solothurn

Aries

Rolf M. Zinkernagel Rolf M. Zinkernagel
(Immunologist)

06 January 1944

Riehen, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Capricorn

Paul KarrerPaul Karrer
(Chemist)

21 April 1889

18 June 1971

Moscow

Taurus

Paul TournierPaul Tournier
(Physician)

12 May 1898

07 October 1986

Geneva

Taurus

Theodor KocherTheodor Kocher
(Surgeon)

25 August 1841

27 July 1917

Bern

Virgo

Charles Édouard GuillaumeCharles Édouard Guillaume
(Discoverer of Invar and Elinvar)

15 February 1861

13 May 1938

Fleurier

Aquarius

Ma Anand SheelaMa Anand Sheela

28 December 1949

Vadodara

Capricorn

Ursula AndressUrsula Andress
(Actor, Screenwriter, Model)

19 March 1936

Ostermundigen

Pisces

Alain DelonAlain Delon
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film director, Military personnel)

08 November 1935

Sceaux

Scorpio

Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer, Film editor, Writer, Film critic, Television director, Television producer)

03 December 1930

Paris

Sagittarius

Xherdan ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
(Association football player)

10 October 1991

Gjilan

Libra

Granit XhakaGranit Xhaka
Isabelle EberhardtIsabelle Eberhardt
(Explorer, Journalist, Writer)

17 February 1877

21 October 1904

Geneva

Aquarius

René AuberjonoisRené Auberjonois
Martina HingisMartina Hingis

30 September 1980

Kosice

Libra

William TellWilliam Tell
(Folk hero)

Tariq RamadanTariq Ramadan
(Writer, Faculty, University teacher)

26 August 1962

Geneva

Virgo

Roberto Di MatteoRoberto Di Matteo
(Association football player, Association football manager)

29 May 1970

Schaffhausen

Gemini

Stan WawrinkaStan Wawrinka
(Tennis player)

28 March 1985

Lausanne

Aries

Giorgio A. TsoukalosGiorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Ufologist, Writer, Mythographer)

14 March 1978

Lucerne

Pisces

Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
(Linguist, Educationist, University teacher, Sociologist, Philosopher)

26 November 1857

22 February 1913

Geneva

Sagittarius

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
(Politician, Journalist, Physician, Physicist, Writer)

24 May 1743

13 July 1793

Boudry

Gemini

Bruno GanzBruno Ganz
(Stage actor, Film actor)

22 March 1941

Zürich

Aries

Lys AssiaLys Assia
(Swiss singer)

03 March 1924

Lenzburg

Pisces

Bernhard Caesar EinsteinBernhard Caesar Einstein
(Physicist, Engineer)

10 July 1930

30 September 2008

Dortmund

Cancer

Sepp BlatterSepp Blatter
(Functionary, Economist)

10 March 1936

Visp

Pisces

Stephan LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
(Association football player)

16 January 1984

Adligenswil

Capricorn

Erich von DänikenErich von Däniken
(Author)

14 April 1935

Zofingen

Aries

Huldrych ZwingliHuldrych Zwingli
(Pastor)

01 January 1484

11 October 1531

Wildhaus

Capricorn

Gianni InfantinoGianni Infantino
(Jurist, Functionary, Lawyer)

23 March 1970

Brig-Glis

Aries

Yehudi MenuhinYehudi Menuhin
(Conductor, Politician, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Writer)

22 April 1916

12 March 1999

New York City

Taurus

Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of NaplesVittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples
(Entrepreneur)

12 February 1937

Naples

Aquarius

Johann RupertJohann Rupert
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

01 June 1950

Stellenbosch

Gemini

Daniel BernhardtDaniel Bernhardt
(Actor, Martial artist, Model)

31 August 1965

Ittigen

Virgo