Famous Diplomats from Austria

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

People include everything from Kurt Waldheim to Ursula Plassnik.

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

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  • Barthélémi de Stürmer

    Bartholomäus Freiherr von Stürmer (26 December 1787 – 8 July 1863) was an Austrian diplomat. Born in the Pera district of Constantinople, Bartholomäus was the son of Ignatz Lorenz Freiherr von Stürmer, an Austrian diplomat in the Ottoman Empire, and the Baroness Elisabeth of Testa. In order to ensure a quality education, he was registered with the Akademie für Orientalische Sprachen (Academy of Eastern Languages) in Vienna in 1796. He rejoined his father in Constantinople in 1806. He was soon sent to the embassy in Saint Petersburg where he was made secretary of the legation in 1811. There he met Karl Philipp zu Schwarzenberg, whom he followed on trips to over 8000 places, including the important Congress of Châtillon (5 February–19 March 1814). In the spring of 1814 he met his future wife, a Frenchwoman, Ermance de Boutet. The convention of 2 August 1815, which confirmed that Napoleon Bonaparte was a British prisoner, stipulated that Austria had a right to send a representative to wherever the British decided to imprison the deposed emperor. The British chose the island of Saint Helena. Stürmer requested to be the Austrian official on the island and the emperor accepted. He arrived on Saint Helena on 17 June 1816 with his young wife on board HMS Orontes. His arrival was not appreciated by the British, and he soon saw the impossibility of fulfilling his mission, which was to ensure with his own eyes the presence of Bonaparte on the island, to denounce any attempt to escape and to write every month a report in agreement with the Prussian and Russian representatives. (From British records, a day-by-day record of Stürmer and his wife's lives on the island could be constructed.) In his letters, Stürmer returns on several occasions to the "uselessness" of his mission. During the two years he was on the island, he could never directly see Bonaparte. Although Bonparte's entourage frequently sought him out, Stürmer was under orders to avoid contact. Stürmer finally was eventually recalled and named ambassador plenipotentiary to the United States in Philadelphia. Before taking up his station, he obtained for his wife, "after two years and half of exile, of dislikes and sacrifices", the right to see her parents in France. After his American mission, he was sent to Rio de Janeiro. He then returned to Austria and remained without an assignment until 1832, when he was appointed ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, on account of his knowledge of the Turkish language. His eminent service got its reward in 1842, when he received the title of count. In 1850, Stürmer left Constantinople, retired to Italy and died in Venice in 1863.
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1787-1863)
    • Birthplace: Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Benita Ferrero-Waldner
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    Benita Ferrero-Waldner (born 5 September 1948) is an Austrian diplomat and politician, and a member of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP). Ferrero-Waldner served as the Foreign Minister of Austria 2000–2004 and was the candidate of the Austrian People's Party in the 2004 Austrian presidential election, which she narrowly lost with 47.6% of the votes. She served as the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy from 2004 to 2009, and as the European Commissioner for Trade and European Neighbourhood Policy from 2009 to 2010.
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
  • Count Joseph Alexander Hübner
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    Joseph Alexander, count Hübner (November 26, 1811 – July 30, 1892), was an Austrian diplomat, born in Vienna. His real name was Josef Hafenbredl, which he changed to Hübner.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1811-1892)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
  • Egon Ferdinand Ranshofen-Wertheimer (September 4, 1894, in Ranshofen/Braunau am Inn – December 27, 1957, in New York City) was a diplomat, journalist, doctor of laws and state.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1894-1957)
    • Birthplace: Austria
  • Emil Brix

    Emil Brix (b. 1956 in Vienna) is an Austrian diplomat and historian.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
  • Franz Edler von Sonnleithner (June 1, 1905 – April 18, 1981) was a diplomat who acted as Ribbentrop's representative in Adolf Hitler's headquarters during the later years of the war with the rank of minister.
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1905-1981)
    • Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria