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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 (German: [ˈkɔnʁat ˈtsuːzə]; 22 June 1910 – 18 December 1995) was a German civil engineer, computer scientist, inventor, businessman and computer pioneer. His greatest achievement was ...more
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Charles Proteus Steinmet... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1865-1923)
Charles Proteus Steinmetz (born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz, April 9, 1865 – October 26, 1923) was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer and professor at Union College. ...more
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Otto Lilienthal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 48 (1848-1896)
Karl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal (23 May 1848 – 10 August 1896) was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the "flying man". He was the first person to make well-documented, ...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 (29 September 1867 – 24 June 1922) was a German industrialist, banker, intellectual, and politician, who served as German Foreign Minister during the Weimar Republic. Rathenau ...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 (German: [bɛnts] (listen); 25 November 1844 – 4 April 1929) was a German engine designer, automobile engineer, (or mechanical engineer). His Benz Patent Motorcar from 1885 is ...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 (May 24, 1878 – January 2, 1972) was an American psychologist, industrial engineer, consultant, and educator who was an early pioneer in applying psychology to ...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 (von Siemens from 1888; English: SEEM-ənz; German: [ˈziːməns, -mɛns] 13 December 1816 – 6 December 1892) was a German inventor and industrialist. Siemens's name has been ...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 (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈmaɪbax]; 9 February 1846 – 29 December 1929) was an early German engine designer and industrialist. During the 1890s he was hailed in France, ...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 (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) ...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 (German: [ˈdiːzl̩] (listen ); 18 March 1858 – 29 September 1913) was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the Diesel engine, and ...more

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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 (German: [ˈɡɔtliːp ˈdaɪmlɐ]; 17 March 1834 – 6 March 1900) was an engineer, industrial designer and industrialist born in Schorndorf (Kingdom of Württemberg, a ...more
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Richard Hieb is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Richard Hieb age 63
Richard James Hieb (born September 21, 1955 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He was a mission specialist on STS-39 and ...more
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Erna Schneider Hoover is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Erna Schneider Hoover age 92
Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover (born June 19, 1926) is an American mathematician notable for inventing a computerized telephone switching method which "revolutionized modern communication" ...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 (February 22, 1900 in Germany – September 26, 1982 in Beverly Hills, California) was a German-American inventor. He invented the first sensitive barometer, a key enabler of ...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 (in German, Kröhl) 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 ...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 (January 29, 1847 – April 7, 1913) was a German-American mechanical engineer and inventor who held several U.S. patents, including electric incandescent lamps, electric motors ...more
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George Rieveschl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Engineers from Germany
Dec. at 91 (1916-2007)
George Rieveschl (January 9, 1916 – September 27, 2007) was an American chemist and professor. He was the inventor of the popular antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl), which he first made ...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 (German: [ˈhaːbɐ]; 9 December 1868 – 29 January 1934) was a German chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for his invention of the Haber–Bosch process, a method ...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 (November 9, 1906 – January 1, 1996) was a German rocket engineer who was a leader of the effort to develop the V-2 rocket for Nazi Germany. After World War II, the ...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 (born 1934) 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 ...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 (10 May 1919 – 21 June 2003) was a German chemical engineer, Luftwaffe aviator, and rocket scientist at Peenemünde, the Mittelwerk, and after ...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 Hans Schottky (23 July 1886 – 4 March 1976) was a German physicist who played a major early role in developing the theory of electron and ion emission phenomena, invented the screen-grid ...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 (February 18, 1862 – September 18, 1939) was an American steel magnate. Under his leadership, Bethlehem Steel became the second largest steel maker in the United States, ...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 (4 September 1891 – 8 February 1942), was a German construction engineer and senior Nazi, who rose from the position of "Inspector General for German Roadways", where he ...more