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List of notable or famous aerospace engineers from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top aerospace engineers born in Germany and even some popular aerospace engineers who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German aerospace engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These aerospace engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known aerospace engineer from Germany is included when available.

List people include Wernher von Braun, Arthur Rudolph and more.

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Alexander Lippisch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1894-1976) Alexander Martin Lippisch was a German pioneer of aerodynamics. He made important contributions to the understanding of flying wings, delta wings and the ground effect. His most famous design is ...more

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Anton Flettner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1885-1961) Anton Flettner was a German aviation engineer and inventor. He made important contributions to airplane and helicopter design. He was born in Eddersheim.

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Arthur Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 90 (1906-1996) Arthur Louis Hugo Rudolph was a rocket engineer who played a key role in the development of the V-2 rocket and a former high-level Nazi given sanctuary by the US government following World War ...more

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Dietrich Küchemann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1911-1976) Dietrich Küchemann CBE FRS FRAeS was a German aerodynamicist who made several important contributions to the advancement of high-speed flight. He spent most of his career in England, where ...more

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Eberhard Rees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 90 (1908-1998) Eberhard Friedrich Michael Rees was a German-American rocketry pioneer and the second director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Engelbert Zaschka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 60 (1895-1955) Engelbert Zaschka was a German chief engineer, chief designer and inventor.

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Ernst Heinkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1888-1958) Dr. Ernst Heinkel was a German aircraft designer, manufacturer, Wehrwirtschaftsführer in the Third Reich, and member of the Nazi party. His company Heinkel Flugzeugwerke produced the ...more

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Ernst Stuhlinger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 95 (1913-2008) Ernst Stuhlinger was a German-born American atomic, electrical, and rocket scientist. After being brought to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip, he developed guidance systems with ...more

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Eugen Sänger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 59 (1905-1964) Eugen Sänger was an Austrian aerospace engineer best known for his contributions to lifting body and ramjet technology.

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Felix Kracht is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 90 (1912-2002) Felix Kracht was a German engineer. After graduating from the Technical University of Aachen, he put his theoretical knowledge into practice at the aeronautical association Flugwissenschaftliche ...more

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Gerhard Neumann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 80 (1917-1997) Gerhard Neumann was a German-American aviation engineer and executive for General Electric's aircraft engine division.

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Gerhard Zucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 77 (1908-1985) Gerhard Zucker was a German businessman and rocket engineer. However, none of his machinations proved to be operational, ranging from outright fraud to total failure. Born in Hasselfelde, he ...more

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Guenter Wendt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 87 (1923-2010) Günter F. Wendt was a German-American engineer noted for his work in the U.S. manned spaceflight program. An employee of McDonnell Aircraft and later North American Aviation, he was in ...more

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Gustav Lachmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1896-1966) Gustav Victor Lachmann was a German aeronautical engineer who spent most of his professional life working for the British company of Handley Page. Lachmann was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1896, ...more

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Gustav Otto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Gustav Otto Dec. at 43 (1883-1926) Gustav Otto was a German aircraft and aircraft-engine designer and manufacturer. Otto was born in Cologne to Nikolaus August Otto, the founder of N. A. Otto & Cie. and inventor of the ...more

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Gustave Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 53 (1874-1927) Gustave Albin Whitehead, born Gustav Albin Weisskopf, was an aviation pioneer who emigrated from Germany to the United States where he designed and built gliders, flying machines and engines ...more

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Hans Multhopp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 59 (1913-1972) Hans Multhopp was a German aeronautical engineer/designer. Receiving a degree from the University of Göttingen, Multhopp worked with the famous designer Kurt Tank at the Focke-Wulf ...more

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Hans von Ohain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 87 (1911-1998) Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain was a German engineer, and designer of the first operational jet engine. His first design ran in March 1937, and it was one of his engines that powered the first ...more

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Hans Ziegler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 89 (1910-1999) Hans Ziegler was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, on 5 September 1910, and died in Estes Park, Colorado, on 5 August 1985. Hans Ziegler was a respected academic and was the author of a number of ...more

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Heinrich Hertel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1901-1982) Heinrich Hertel was a German aeronautical engineer. After graduating as an engineer from Munich Technical College, he joined the Junkers company in 1926. In 1932, he was recruited by Ernst ...more

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Hellmuth Hirth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Hellmuth Hirth Dec. at 52 (1886-1938) Hellmuth Hirth was a German engineer who founded the Mahle GmbH and Hirth companies, manufacturing engine components and complete aircraft engines respectively.

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Helmut Gröttrup is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1916-1981) Helmut Gröttrup was a German electrical engineer. He was born in Cologne and died in Munich. He was an assistant of Wernher von Braun in the V-2 rocket-project. Gröttrup was ...more

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Henrich Focke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 89 (1890-1979) Henrich Focke was a German aviation pioneer from Bremen and also a co-founder of the Focke-Wulf company. He is known for having developed of the turbo shaft propulsion system used by the ...more

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History by contract is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
History by contract History by Contract, published in 1978, is a book written by early aviation researchers Major William J. O'Dwyer, U.S. Air Force Reserve and Stella Randolph, about aviation pioneer Gustave ...more

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Hugo Junkers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1859-1935) Hugo Junkers was a German engineer and aircraft designer. As such he is generally credited with pioneering the design of all-metal airplanes and flying wings. As founder of the Junkers Flugzeug- ...more

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Julius Hatry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 94 (1906-2000) Julius Hatry was a German aircraft designer and builder. He is remembered for his contributions to sailplane development in the early twentieth century and for building the world's first ...more

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Karl Rapp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Karl Rapp Dec. at 80 (1882-1962) Karl Friedrich Rapp was founder and owner of the Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH in Munich. In time this company became BMW AG. He is acknowledged by BMW AG as an indirect founder of the company.

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Konrad Dannenberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 97 (1912-2009) Konrad Dannenberg was a German-American rocket pioneer and member of the German rocket team brought to the United States after World War II.

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Krafft Arnold Ehricke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1917-1984) Krafft Arnold Ehricke was a German rocket-propulsion engineer and advocate for space colonization.

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Kurt Tank is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1898-1983) Kurt Waldemar Tank was a German aeronautical engineer and test pilot who led the design department at Focke-Wulf from 1931 to 1945. He was responsible for the creation of several important ...more

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Ludwig Bölkow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 91 (1912-2003) Ludwig Bölkow was one of the aeronautical pioneers of Germany.

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Ludwig Roth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1909-1967) Ludwig Roth was the Aerospace engineer who was the head of the Peenemünde Future Projects Office which designed the Wasserfall and created advanced rockets designs such as the A9/A10 ICBM. ...more

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Magnus von Braun is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 84 (1919-2003) Magnus "Mac" Freiherr von Braun was a German chemical engineer, Luftwaffe aviator, and rocket scientist at Peenemünde, the Mittelwerk, and after emigrating to the United States ...more

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Max Friz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Max Friz Dec. at 83 (1883-1966) Max Friz was a German mechanical engineer specializing in engine design. He was the key contributor of engine design and innovation that led to the founding of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG in

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Robert Lusser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1899-1969) Robert Lusser was a German engineer, aircraft designer and aviator. He is remembered both for several well-known Messerschmitt and Heinkel designs during World War II, and after the war for his ...more

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Rudolf Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Rudolf Kaiser Dec. at 69 (1922-1991) Rudolf Kaiser was a designer of gliders who worked for Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co. The designs of Rudolf Kaiser have proven themselves for over 50 years all over the world. His designs ...more

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Walter Dornberger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1895-1980) Major-General Dr Walter Robert Dornberger was a German Army artillery officer whose career spanned World Wars I and II. He was a leader of Germany's V-2 rocket program and other projects at the ...more

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Walter Hohmann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1880-1945) Walter Hohmann was a German engineer who made an important contribution to the understanding of orbital dynamics. In a book published in 1925, Hohmann demonstrated a fuel-efficient path to move ...more

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Walter Thiel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 33 (1910-1943) Dr Walter Thiel was a German rocket scientist. Walter Thiel provided the decisive ideas for the A4 rocket engine and his research enabled rockets to head towards space.

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Wernher von Braun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1912-1977) Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun was a German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect, but made his greatest contributions as an aerospace program manager. He was ...more

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Willy Ley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 63 (1906-1969) Willy Ley was a German-American science writer, spaceflight advocate, and historian of science who helped popularize rocketry, spaceflight, and natural history in both Germany and the United ...more

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Willy Messerschmitt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 80 (1898-1978) Wilhelm Emil Messerschmitt was a German aircraft designer and manufacturer. He was born in Frankfurt am Main, the son of Baptist Ferdinand Messerschmitt and his second wife, Anna Maria ...more

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Wolf Hirth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 59 (1900-1959) Wolfram Kurt Erhard Hirth was a German gliding pioneer and sailplane designer. He was a co-founder of Schempp-Hirth, still a renowned glider manufacturer. Hirth was born in Stuttgart, the son of ...more