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Fritz Haber
(Chemist)
Fritz Haber
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 9, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 29, 1934

Fritz Haber was a German chemist who was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry for inventing the Haber-Bosch process. The process is used widely to synthesize ammonia from hydrogen gas and nitrogen gas. For his pioneering work in weaponizing poisonous gases like chlorine during World War I, Haber is referred to as the father of chemical warfare.

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Max Born
(German Physicist Who Won Nobel Prize for His Contribution to Quantum Mechanics)
Max Born
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 5, 1970
From being home-schooled for being too sickly to attend school, Max Born went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to quantum mechanics. Being a Jew, with the rise of the Nazi power, he lost his professorship at the University of Göttingen, and moved to Cambridge.
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Manfred von Richthofen
(One of the Most Widely Known German Fighter Pilots of All Time)
Manfred von Richthofen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 21, 1918
Manfred von Richthofen, also known as Baron von Richthofen and the "Red Baron,” was a German Air Force fighter pilot who won more than 80 World War I battles. He was part of the fighter wing unit Jagdgeschwader 1, which was also known as "The Flying Circus" or "Richthofen's Circus.”
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Theologian Known for His Staunch Resistance to the Nazi Dictatorship)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Birthdate: February 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 9, 1945
Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer is remembered for his anti-Nazi stance, for establishing the Confessing Church, and for authoring the book The Cost of Discipleship. He was sent to the Flossenbürg concentration camp after being imprisoned for a year. He was eventually hanged after being charged of plotting to assassinate Hitler.
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Hubert Hurkacz
(Polish Professional Tennis Player)
Hubert Hurkacz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Otto Klemperer
(Orchestra)
Otto Klemperer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 14, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 6, 1973
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Edith Stein
(Philosopher, Christian Nun and One of the Six 'Patron Saints of Europe')
Edith Stein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 12, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 9, 1942

Edith Stein was a German Jewish philosopher who studied at the University of Freiburg and completed her dissertation on empathy. Always interested in Catholicism, she read the autobiography of the mystic Teresa of Ávila and converted to Christianity, and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She was killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp and is canonized as a martyr.

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Erwin von Witzleben
(Russian American Actress)
Erwin von Witzleben
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 4, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: August 8, 1944

German field marshal Erwin von Witzleben was one of the main conspirators of the 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Arrested for his crimes, he was later forced to appear in court without his false teeth and eventually executed and hung from a meat hook by a piano wire.

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Lothar von Richthofen
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Lothar von Richthofen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 4, 1922

Lothar von Richthofen was a German flying ace who served during the First World War. He was the younger brother of another aviator Manfred von Richthofen, whose life inspired the 2008 German-British biopic The Red Baron where Lothar von Richthofen was played by German actor Volker Bruch. Richthofen died in a flying accident when he was just 27 years old.

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Siegbert Tarrasch
(German Chess player)
Siegbert Tarrasch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 17, 1934
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Friedrich Schleiermacher
(German Theologian, Philosopher and an Early Leader in Liberal Christianity)
Friedrich Schleiermacher
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Birthdate: November 21, 1768
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 12, 1834

Hailed as an early leader of liberal Christianity, Lutheran philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher was also an eminent biblical scholar and theologian. Best remembered for his works on hermeneutics and theory of translation, he also had a great impact on the evolution of higher criticism and became known for his attempt to reconcile the criticisms of the Enlightenment with traditional Protestant Christianity.

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Michael O. Rabin
(Israeli Mathematician and Computer Scientist Known for Creating the 'Rabin–Karp String Search Algorithm')
Michael O. Rabin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo

Michael O. Rabin is an Israeli computer scientist and mathematician. He is best known for creating the popular Rabin–Karp string search algorithm. In 1976, Michael O. Rabin was honored with the prestigious Turing Award for a paper written in 1959. In 2010, Rabin was presented with the Tel Aviv University Dan David Prize.

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Ferdinand Lassalle
(Prussian-German Jurist, Philosopher and Politician)
Ferdinand Lassalle
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 31, 1864

Enamoured by the ideas of French and German philosophers, Ferdinand Lassalle initially aspired to be a lecturer. He later joined the socialist cause and spearheaded Germany’s social democratic movement. He also introduced terms such as the iron law of wages and concepts such as Lassallism, or achieving socialist ideals through the state.

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Adolf Anderssen
(German Chess Master)
Adolf Anderssen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1818
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 13, 1879
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Norbert Elias
(German Sociologist Famous for His Theory of Civilizing/Decivilizing Processes)
Norbert Elias
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Birthdate: June 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 1, 1990

Norbert Elias was a German-British sociologist. He is best known for his theory of civilizing/decivilizing processes. He studied philosophy, psychology, and medicine at the University of Breslau and was deeply involved in the German Zionist movement. He later moved to the United Kingdom where he pursued an academic career. He wrote prolifically following his retirement. 

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Mateusz Morawiecki
(Prime Minister of Poland)
Mateusz Morawiecki
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Birthdate: June 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini

Mateusz Morawiecki is a Polish historian, economist, and politician. The current Prime Minister of Poland, Morawiecki has also held other important positions; between 2015 and 2018, he served as the Minister of Development as well as the Minister of Finance. Mateusz Morawiecki also served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland from 2015 to 2017.

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Natalia Avelon
(Actress)
Natalia Avelon
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Birthdate: March 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Robert Wiene
(German Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer)
Robert Wiene
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Birthdate: April 27, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 17, 1938
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Moritz Moszkowski
(German Composer and Pianist)
Moritz Moszkowski
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 23, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 4, 1925

Moritz Moszkowski was a pianist, teacher, and composer of Polish-Jewish descent. He achieved popularity during the late 19th century and was well respected by his peers. Moritz Moszkowski is credited with teaching future composers like Ernest Schelling, Joaquín Nin, Carl Lachmund, and Joaquín Turina.

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Christian Wolff
(Philosopher)
Christian Wolff
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Birthdate: January 24, 1679
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 9, 1754
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Valery Salov
(Russian Chess Grandmaster)
Valery Salov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Christoph Eschenbach
(Pianist)
Christoph Eschenbach
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces

German pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach had lost his mother at birth and his musicologist father to the Nazis. Thus, orphaned as a child, Eschenbach took up music as a cure for his trauma. He later grew up to be the director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

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Adolph Menzel
(Artist)
Adolph Menzel
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Birthdate: December 8, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 9, 1905
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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
(Cellist)
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Angelus Silesius
(German Catholic Priest, Physician, Mystic and Religious Poet)
Angelus Silesius
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1624
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 9, 1677
Born in Silesia, 17th-century mystic and religious poet Johannes Scheffler, better known as Angelus Silesius, is best remembered as the author of The Cherubic Wanderer. He had initially been the court physician of the duke of Oels but later became a Roman Catholic priest. He urged German Protestants to adopt Catholicism.
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Jan Tomaszewski
(Polish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Jan Tomaszewski
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Birthdate: January 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Małgorzata Kożuchowska
(Actress)
Małgorzata Kożuchowska
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Birthdate: April 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Walter Damrosch
(American Conductor and Composer)
Walter Damrosch
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 30, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 22, 1950

German-born American conductor and composer Walter Damrosch, best-known in his day as an avowed propagandist and conductor of the music of Richard Wagner, directed the New York Symphony Orchestra for over four decades. He conducted world premiere performances of George Gershwin's An American in Paris and Piano Concerto in F. He played key role in founding of the Carnegie Hall.

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Przemysław Saleta
(Polish Professional Boxer)
Przemysław Saleta
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Julius von Sachs
(German Botanist Remembered for Developing Experimental Plant Physiology)
Julius von Sachs
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 29, 1897

German botanist Julius von Sachs is remembered for his contribution to the development of experimental plant physiology. He also conducted significant studies on areas such as transpiration of water. He was the chair of botany at the University of Freiburg-im-Breisgau and a professor of botany at the University of Würzburg.

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Alfred Kerr
(Theatre critic)
Alfred Kerr
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Birthdate: December 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 12, 1948
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Dagmara Wozniak
(American Saber Fencer)
Dagmara Wozniak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Teresa Orlowski
(Producer)
Teresa Orlowski
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Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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George Henschel
(German-British Baritone, Pianist, Conductor, and Composer)
George Henschel
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 10, 1934

George Henschel started his career as a pianist but later found success as a baritone. Born in Germany, he later acquired a British citizenship and performed as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first conductor. He was also knighted for his achievements. He was married to soprano Lilian June Bailey.

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Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat
(German Biochemist Known for His Research on Viruses)
Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 10, 1999

German-American biochemist Heinz Ludwig Fraenkel-Conrat, who remained part of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, for over four decades, is best-remembered for his research on the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and the holmes ribgrass virus (HRV). He worked with Robley Williams and demonstrated that it is possible to create a functional virus from purified RNA and a protein coat.

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Friedrich Gentz
(Austrian Writer and Diplomat)
Friedrich Gentz
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Birthdate: May 2, 1764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 9, 1832
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Thekla Carola Wied
(Actress)
Thekla Carola Wied
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Birthdate: February 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Ignatz Bubis
(Politician)
Ignatz Bubis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 13, 1999
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Vernon Ingram
(German-American Biologist)
Vernon Ingram
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 17, 2006

Vernon Ingram was a German-American professor who taught biology at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1956, Ingram worked alongside Antony O. W. Stretton and John A. Hunt and made significant discoveries in the field of biology. In 1967, Vernon Ingram was honored by the American Society of Human Genetics with the William Allan Award for his work.

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August Kopisch
(Poet)
August Kopisch
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Birthdate: May 26, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 6, 1853
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Władysław Frasyniuk
(Polish Politician)
Władysław Frasyniuk
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Willibald Alexis
(German Novelist Best Known for His Historical Novels About 'Brandenburg' and 'Prussia')
Willibald Alexis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1798
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 16, 1871

Though he initially studied law, German author Willibald Alexis plunged into full-time writing after the success of his work Walladmor. He also gained fame as a literary critic and an editor, and later also authored a series of travelogues. A master of Prussian history, he was also part of the Young Germany movement.

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Wolfgang Neuss
(Actor)
Wolfgang Neuss
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Birthdate: December 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 5, 1989
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Arno Assmann
(Actor)
Arno Assmann
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Birthdate: July 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 30, 1979
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Karl von Holtei
(Poet)
Karl von Holtei
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 24, 1798
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 12, 1880
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Reinhard Glemnitz
(Actor)
Reinhard Glemnitz
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Birthdate: November 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Christian Hofmann von Hofmannswaldau
(German Poet)
Christian Hofmann von Hofmannswaldau
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 25, 1616
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 18, 1679

A major figure of the Second Silesian School, German poet Christian Hofmann von Hofmannswaldau contributed immensely to Baroque literature. In his later years, he became the Bürgermeister of Breslau. Best known for works such as Heldenbriefe, he gained most of his literary fame posthumously. His works contained both erotic and religious elements.

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Robert Eitner
(Musicologist)
Robert Eitner
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 22, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 2, 1905

Robert Eitner was a German musicologist, bibliographer, and researcher. He is best remembered for his 10-volume reference book called Quellen-Lexikon which located the manuscripts and printed music of early theoreticians and composers in over 200 European libraries. For over 50 years, the book served as a principal guide for music research.

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Richard August Reitzenstein
(Classical philologist)
Richard August Reitzenstein
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Birthdate: April 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 23, 1931

Richard August Reitzenstein was a German scholar of Gnosticism, hermetism and Ancient Greek religion. Along with Wilhelm Bousset, Reitzenstein is regarded as one of the most influential figures of the history of religions school. Richard August Reitzenstein was also a classical philologist and his 1904 work on Poimandres was a pioneer scholarly study of the treatise.

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Max Habicht
(Educator)
Max Habicht
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 8, 1775
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 25, 1839

Max Habicht was a Polish educator best remembered for teaching Arabic in Paris; he studied Arabic for 10 years under Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy. Max Habicht is also remembered for his recension of the popular work, One Thousand and One Nights.