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Famous Electrical Engineers from Germany

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

List features people like Charles Proteus Steinmetz, Julius Edgar Lilienfeld.

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

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    Julius Edgar Lilienfeld (April 18, 1882 – August 28, 1963) was an Austro-Hungarian American physicist and electical engineer, credited with the first patents on the field-effect transistor (FET) (1925) and electrolytic capacitor (1931). Because of his failure to publish articles in learned journals and because high-purity semiconductor materials were not available yet, his FET patent never achieved fame, causing confusion for later inventors....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1882-1963)
    • Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
  • Karl Küpfmüller (6 October 1897 – 26 December 1977) was a German electrical engineer, who was prolific in the areas of communications technology, measurement and control engineering, acoustics, communication theory and theoretical electro-technology....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1897-1977)
    • Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Klaus Knopper (born 1968 in Ingelheim) is a German electrical engineer and free software developer. Knopper is the creator of Knoppix, a well-known live CD Linux distribution. He received his degree in electrical engineering from the Kaiserslautern University of Technology (in German: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern), co-founded LinuxTag in 1996 (a major European Linux expo) and has been a self-employed information technology consultant since 1998. He also teaches at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences. Knopper is married to Adriane Knopper, who has a visual impairment. She has been assisting Knopper with a version of Knoppix for blind and visually impaired people,...  more
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany
  • Max Knoll (17 July 1897 – 6 November 1969) was a German electrical engineer. Knoll was born in Wiesbaden and studied in Munich and at the Technical University of Berlin, where he obtained his doctorate in the Institute for High Voltage Technology. In 1927 he became the leader of the electron research group there, where he and his co-worker, Ernst Ruska, invented the electron microscope in 1931. In April 1932, Knoll joined Telefunken in Berlin to do developmental work in the field of television design. He was also a private lecturer in Berlin. After World War II, Knoll joined the University of Munich as extraordinary professor and director of the Institute for Electromedicine. He moved to...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1897-1969)
    • Birthplace: Schlangenbad, Germany