Famous Astronomers from Germany

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

These people, like David Rittenhouse and Nicolaus Copernicus include images when available.

This historic astronomers from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German astronomers of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronomers from Germany?" These prominent astronomers of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German astronomers.

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  • Adolph Gottfried Kinau

    Adolph Gottfried Kinau

    Dec. at 74 (1814-1888)
    • Birthplace: Aschersleben, Germany
    Adolph (or Adolf) Gottfried Kinau (January 4, 1814 – January 9, 1888) was a German Protestant minister and astronomer. Born in Aschersleben into a family of ministers and teachers, he studied ...more
  • Albert Marth

    Albert Marth

    Dec. at 69 (1828-1897)
    • Birthplace: Kołobrzeg, Poland
    Albert Marth (May 5, 1828 – August 6, 1897) was a German astronomer who worked in England and Ireland. After studying theology at the University of Berlin, his interest in astronomy and mathematics ...more
  • Alfred Bohrmann

    Alfred Bohrmann

    Dec. at 95 (1904-2000)
    Alfred Bohrmann (February 28, 1904 – January 4, 2000) was a German astronomer and discoverer of minor planets.He did his Ph.D. dissertation in 1927 at the Heidelberg-Königstuhl State Observatory, at ...more
  • Alfred Wegener
    Dec. at 50 (1880-1930)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    Alfred Lothar Wegener (; German: [ˈʔalfʁeːt ˈveːgənɐ]; 1 November 1880 – November 1930) was a German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist. During his lifetime he was primarily known for ...more
  • Anton Staus

    Anton Staus

    Dec. at 82 (1872-1955)
    • Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
    Anton Staus (September 5, 1872 – July 21, 1955) was a German astronomer. As a young man, he discovered the inner main-belt asteroid 335 Roberta at Heidelberg Observatory in 1892. It was the 12th ...more
  • Arno Arthur Wachmann
    Dec. at 88 (1902-1990)
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
    Arno Arthur Wachmann (March 8, 1902 – July 24, 1990) was a German astronomer and discoverer of comets and minor planets, who worked for many years at the Bergedorf Observatory in Hamburg.With Arnold ...more