Swiss

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.

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 1 Roger Federer

Roger Federer.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, Roger Federer has won the most number of men's Grand Slam singles titles. He is the only person to be honored with the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award on four occasions. Despite enduring several injuries, Federer continues to dominate the tennis court.

 2 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, & Composer
Birthdate: June 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 2, 1778

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, composer, and writer. His political philosophy influenced aspects of the French Revolution. He also helped develop modern economic, political, and educational thought. His writing inspired a transformation in French drama and poetry. His works also influenced such writers around the world as Tolstoy. His works as a composer were acknowledged by composers like Mozart.

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 3 Carl Jung

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.

 4 Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist
Birthdate: April 15, 1707
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Basel
Died: September 18, 1783

Leonhard Euler was a Swiss physicist, mathematician, logician, geographer, astronomer, and engineer. He is credited with making influential and important mathematical discoveries, such as graph theory and infinitesimal calculus. Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most prolific mathematicians of all time, Leonhard Euler also made pioneering contributions to analytic number theory and topology.

 5 Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kosice

 6 Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget.
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Birthdate: August 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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.

 7 Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier.
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds
Died: August 27, 1965

Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French designer, painter, architect, writer, and urban planner. He was one of the pioneers of modern architecture. During his illustrious career, which spanned 50 years, Le Corbusier designed buildings in India, Japan, Europe, and North and South America. He is also credited with revolutionizing urban planning.  

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 8 Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 2, 1977
Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, also known by his pen name, Vladimir Sirin, is best remembered for his controversial novel Lolita. His other works include the novel Pale Fire and his memoir, Speak, Memory. He was also an entomologist, specializing in lepidoptery. He also liked composing chess problems.

 9 Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse.
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Famous As: Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: July 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calw, Germany
Died: August 9, 1962

German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. He explored individuals’ search for authenticity, self-knowledge, and spirituality in his works. An intense and headstrong person from childhood, he developed an early interest in reading. He started writing as a young man and became an influential author in the German-speaking world. 

 10 Jean-Luc Godard

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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter has the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

 11 Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gjilan

 12 Kat Graham

Kat Graham.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Kat Graham is best known for her Teen Choice Award-winning role of Bonnie Bennett in The Vampire Diaries. She also has two EPs and two albums to her credit. She has appeared in the movies The Parent Trap, Addicted, and All Eyez on Me. She is vegan and a polyglot.

 13 Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostermundigen, Switzerland

 14 Paul Klee

Paul Klee.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee
Died: June 29, 1940
The father of abstract art, Paul Klee’s works contained elements of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism, but they were not part of any specific school. He was also a skilled violinist and an avid reader. He also taught at the Bauhaus and experimented with various media, such as oil, watercolor, and ink.

 15 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. 

 16 Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: September 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

 17 Mirka Federer

Mirka Federer.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bojnice, Slovakia

Mirka Federer is a Swiss former tennis player best known as the wife of legendary tennis player Roger Federer whom she met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Having supported Federer throughout his career, Mirka is often praised for being a pillar of strength and is largely credited for Roger Federer's achievements on the tennis court. 

 18 Otto Frank

Otto Frank.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Father of Anne Frank
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, German Empire
Died: August 19, 1980
Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, published her journal, detailing her experience during the Holocaust, as The Diary of a Young Girl, after her death. Otto was the only person in his family to survive the Holocaust. A former banker, he had also served in the German army.
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 19 Mabel

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Born to a music producer father, Cameron McVey, and a singer mother, Neneh Cherry, Mabel McVey was destined to make a career in music. The English singer-songwriter debuted on SoundCloud with her track Know Me Better. It is believed she had initially used music as a therapy for her anxiety.

 20 Jocelyn Wildenstein

Jocelyn Wildenstein.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: August 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne
Catwoman Jocelyn Wildenstein apparently spent $5 million on surgical procedures to please her former husband, Alec Wildenstein, who loved cats. The Swiss-born American model and socialite later secured one of the costliest divorce settlements. She has reportedly denied having gone under the knife for any cosmetic surgery.

 21 H. R. Giger

H. R. Giger.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chur
Died: May 12, 2014

H. R. Giger was a Swiss artist remembered for his airbrushed images of machines and humans intertwined in cold biomechanical relationships. He is also remembered for his work as part of the special effects team that worked in Ridley Scott's 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, for which the team won an Academy Award

 22 Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
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Famous As: Ufologist, Writer, Mythographer
Birthdate: March 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lucerne

 23 Albert Hofmann

Albert Hofmann.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: The First Person to Synthesize LSD
Birthdate: January 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baden
Died: April 29, 2008

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann was the first known person to synthesize the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Interested in science from a young age, he studied chemistry at the University of Zürich. As a chemist, he conducted several significant studies and authored more than 100 scientific articles and books. He was a recipient of the prestigious Scheele Award.

 24 Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rheinfelden, Switzerland

 25 Ma Anand Sheela

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Birthdate: December 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vadodara

 26 Cesaro

Cesaro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

 27 Kate Burton

Kate Burton
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Famous As: actor, stage actor, television actor
Birthdate: September 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva

 28 Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Volinist
Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999

 29 Bruno Ganz

Bruno Ganz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seebach, Switzerland
Died: February 16, 2019

 30 Jean-Paul Marat

Jean-Paul Marat.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 24, 1743
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boudry, Switzerland
Died: July 13, 1793

French political theorist, scientist, and physician Jean-Paul Marat was a key figure of the French Revolution. He published his radical views in pamphlets and newspapers, such as L'Ami du people. He was held responsible for the September massacres. His assassination by a Girondin supporter made him a Jacobin martyr.

 31 Barıs Arduc

Barıs Arduc.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scherzingen

Barış Arduç is a Swiss-born Turkish actor best known for his portrayal of Ömer İplikçi in the romantic drama TV series Kiralık Aşk for which he won a couple of Golden Butterfly TV Awards. Also a humanitarian, Arduç has been serving as a goodwill ambassador for an organization called Life Without Cancer Society of Turkey since 2016.

 32 Sean Hepburn Ferrer

Sean Hepburn Ferrer.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

 33 Stephan Lichtsteiner

Stephan Lichtsteiner
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adligenswil

 34 Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: April 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva

 35 Bernhard Caesar Einstein

Bernhard Caesar Einstein
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist, Engineer
Birthdate: July 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dortmund
Died: September 30, 2008

Swiss-American physicist and engineer Bernhard Caesar Einstein was better known as the only grandchild of Albert Einstein to have survived beyond childhood. While two of his biological brothers died in infancy, his parents adopted a girl child, too. He grew up to work on night vision and laser technology.

 36 Maximilian Schell

Maximilian Schell.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hans Rolfe in the 1961 courtroom drama film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Remembered for his versatility, Schell received the Golden Globe Award for playing Vladimir Lenin in the 1992 TV film, Stalin. A multi-talented personality, Schell was also an accomplished conductor and pianist.

 37 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: August 24, 2004

Best known for her pathbreaking bestseller On Death and Dying, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also made pioneering research in areas such as near-death studies. Her five stages of grief, or the Kübler-Ross model, has been adopted by corporates to help employees deal with loss and change.

 38 Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti.
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: October 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Borgonovo, Bregaglia, Switzerland
Died: January 11, 1966

Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss painter, sculptor, printmaker, and draftsman. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important sculptors, Giacometti's career and his friendship with American writer James Lord inspired the 2017 British-American drama film Final Portrait, in which Alberto Giacometti is portrayed by Australian actor Geoffrey Roy Rush.

 39 Clint Capela

Clint Capela
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

 40 Edoardo Ponti

Edoardo Ponti
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Writer-director Edoardo Ponti, best known for his 2020 production, The Life Ahead, debuted on screen as a child actor, appearing with his mother, Sophia Loren, as her on-screen son in the moviie Aurora. Beginning his career as a writer-director much later, he won multiple awards and nominations with his first feature film Between Strangers.

 41 Yann Sommer

Yann Sommer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morges

 42 Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 30, 1814
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Russia
Died: July 1, 1876

Mikhail Bakunin was a Russian socialist and anarchist. He is credited with founding an anarchist school of thought called collectivist anarchism. Regarded as one of the most influential personalities of anarchism, Mikhail Bakunin has had a major influence on thinkers like Peter Kropotkin, Herbert Marcuse, Errico Malatesta, Neil Postman, E. P. Thompson, and A. S. Neill.    

 43 Erich von Däniken

Erich von Däniken
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zofingen

 44 Sofia Milos

Sofia Milos.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Sofia Milos is an Italian Greek actress and model best known for her portrayal of Yelina Salas in the popular American police procedural TV series, CSI: Miami. Before establishing herself as an actress, Milos entered several beauty pageants, winning provincial, regional, and national contests.

 45 Huldrych Zwingli

Huldrych Zwingli.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: January 1, 1484
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wildhaus, Switzerland
Died: October 11, 1531

Huldrych Zwingli was a Swiss pastor who played an important role in the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland. Also a well-known scholar and humanist, Zwingli was popular with the masses. Although he is remembered as a stern reformer, he had a great sense of humor; he often used puns, satiric fables, and spoofing in his writings.

 46 William Tell

William Tell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Folk hero
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 47 Lucien Favre

Lucien Favre
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Barthélemy

 48 Daniel Bernoulli

Daniel Bernoulli.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 8, 1700
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Groningen
Died: March 17, 1782

Daniel Bernoulli was a Swiss physicist and mathematician. Born into the popular Bernoulli family of mathematicians, Daniel Bernoulli is renowned for his applications of mathematical equations to mechanics. He is also remembered for his pioneering work in statistics and probability. In 2002, he was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame.

 49 Marie Tussaud

Marie Tussaud.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 1, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16, 1850

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

 50 Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company
Birthdate: December 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1941

Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver. He is credited with co-founding the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, which is currently a major manufacturer of cars. He is also credited with founding the Frontenac Motor Corporation. Louis Chevrolet was inducted into several halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.