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

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Konrad Zuse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1910-1995) Konrad Zuse was a German civil engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. His greatest achievement was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 ...more

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Charles Proteus Steinmetz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1865-1923) Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer. He fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric ...more

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Otto Lilienthal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 48 (1848-1896) Otto Lilienthal was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the Glider King. He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. Newspapers and ...more

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Walther Rathenau is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 55 (1867-1922) Walther Rathenau was a German industrialist, politician, writer, and statesman who served as Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic. He was assassinated on June 24, 1922, two ...more

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Karl Benz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1844-1929) Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, and together with Bertha ...more

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Lillian Moller Gilbreth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 94 (1878-1972) Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth was an American psychologist and industrial engineer. One of the first working female engineers holding a Ph.D., she is held to be the first true ...more

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Ernst Werner von Siemens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1816-1892) Ernst Werner Siemens was a German inventor and industrialist. Siemens’s name has been adopted as the SI unit of electrical conductance, the siemens. He was also the founder of the electrical and ...more

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Wilhelm Maybach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 83 (1846-1929) Wilhelm Maybach was an early German engine designer and industrialist. During the 1890s he was hailed in France, then the world centre for car production, as the "King of ...more

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Julius Edgar Lilienfeld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1882-1963) Julius Edgar Lilienfeld was an Austro-Hungarian-born American Physicist and Electronic Engineer. He was born to a Jewish family in Lemberg Austria-Hungary and moved to the United States in the ...more

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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 55 (1858-1913) Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine. Diesel was the subject of the 1942 film Diesel.

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Gottlieb Daimler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1834-1900) Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler was an engineer, industrial designer and industrialist born in Schorndorf, in what is now Germany. He was a pioneer of internal-combustion engines and automobile ...more

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Richard Hieb is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
age 62 Richard James Hieb is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He was a mission specialist on STS-39 and STS-49, and was a payload commander on STS-65. He is ...more

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Erna Schneider Hoover is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
age 91 Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover is an American mathematician notable for inventing a computerized telephone switching method which "revolutionized modern communication" according to several ...more

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Paul Kollsman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1900-1982) Paul Kollsman was an American inventor. He invented barometers and instruments for instrument flight in airplanes. Kollsman studied civil engineering in Stuttgart and Munich. In 1923 he ...more

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Julius H. Kroehl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 47 (1820-1867) Julius Hermann Kroehl was a German American inventor and engineer. He invented and built the first submarine able to dive and resurface on its own, the Sub Marine Explorer, technically advanced ...more

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Philip Diehl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1847-1913) Philip H. Diehl was a German-American mechanical engineer and inventor who held several U.S. patents, including electric incandescent lamps, electric motors for sewing machines and other uses, ...more

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George Rieveschl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 91 (1916-2007) Dr. George Rieveschl was an American chemist and professor. He was the inventor of the popular antihistamine diphenhydramine, which he first made during a search for synthetic alternatives to ...more

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Fritz Haber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1868-1934) Fritz Haber was a German chemist of Jewish origin who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for his development of the Haber process, which was the first industrially perfected method of ...more

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Arthur Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous 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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Arnold Reisman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany

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Jörg Schlaich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
age 83 Jörg Schlaich is a German structural engineer and is known internationally for his ground-breaking work in the creative design of bridges, long-span roofs, and other complex structures. He ...more

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Magnus von Braun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous 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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Walter H. Schottky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 90 (1886-1976) Walter Hermann Schottky was a German physicist who played a major early role in developing the theory of electron and ion emission phenomena, invented the screen-grid vacuum tube in 1915 and the ...more

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Charles M. Schwab is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 77 (1862-1939) Charles Michael Schwab was an American steel magnate. Under his leadership, Bethlehem Steel became the second largest steel maker in the United States, and one of the most important heavy ...more

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Fritz Todt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 51 (1891-1942) Fritz Todt was a German engineer and senior Nazi figure, the founder of Organisation Todt. He died in a plane crash during World War II.

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Konrad Dannenberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous 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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Ernst Stuhlinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous 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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Hans von Ohain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous 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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Willy Ley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous 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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Krafft Arnold Ehricke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous 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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Gustave Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous 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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Ernst R. G. Eckert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 100 (1904-2004) Ernst Rudolph Georg Eckert was a scientist who advanced the film cooling technique for aeronautical engines. He earned his Diplom Ingenieur and doctorate in 1927 and 1931, respectively, and ...more

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Eberhard Rees is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous 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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Hermann Oberth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 95 (1894-1989) Hermann Julius Oberth was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics.

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Andy Bechtolsheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
age 62 Andreas "Andy" von Bechtolsheim is an electrical engineer who co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 and was its chief hardware designer. He later became an investor, writing the first ...more

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Fritz Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 90 (1909-1999) Fritz Leonhardt was a German structural engineer who made major contributions to 20th-century bridge engineering, especially in the development of cable-stayed bridges. His book Bridges: ...more

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Guenter Wendt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous 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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Hans Ziegler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous 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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Alexander Lippisch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous 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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Eugen Sänger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous 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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Rolf Landauer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 72 (1927-1999) Rolf William Landauer was a German-American physicist who made important contributions in diverse areas of the thermodynamics of information processing, condensed matter physics, and the ...more

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Walter Dornberger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous 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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Frei Otto is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
age 92 Frei Paul Otto was a German architect and structural engineer noted for his use of lightweight structures, in particular tensile and membrane structures, including the roof of the Olympic ...more

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John A. Roebling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 63 (1806-1869) John Augustus Roebling was a German-born American civil engineer. He is famous for his wire rope suspension bridge designs, in particular, the design of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Walter Hohmann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous 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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Gustav Wilhelm Wolff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1834-1913) Gustav Wilhelm Wolff was a German-British shipbuilder and politician. Born in Hamburg, he moved to Liverpool in 1849 to live with his uncle, Gustav Christian Schwabe. After serving his ...more

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Carl Wilhelm Siemens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 60 (1823-1883) Charles William Siemens FRSA was a German-born engineer who for most of his life worked in Britain and later became a British subject.

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Gustav Zeuner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1828-1907) Gustav Anton Zeuner was a German physicist, engineer and epistemologist, considered the founder of technical thermodynamics and of the Dresden School of Thermodynamics.

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Ferdinand Porsche is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1875-1951) Ferdinand Porsche was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, the Volkswagen Beetle, the ...more

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Anton Flettner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous 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.