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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 63
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 92
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 84
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.