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Famous ETH Zurich Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 5.5k views103 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to ETH Zurich and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from ETH Zurich, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from ETH Zurich include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished ETH Zurich alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended ETH Zurich are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from ETH Zurich.

List features graduates like Albert Einstein and Santiago Calatrava.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to ETH Zurich?” and “Which celebrities are ETH Zurich alumni?”
  • Albert Einstein1

    Albert Einstein

    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April... more on Wikipedia

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  • Philippe Kahn2

    Philippe Kahn

    Technologist, Businessperson


    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

    Philippe Kahn (born March 16, 1952) is a mathematician, technology innovator, entrepreneur and... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Baer

    Mathematician, Inventor


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Steve Baer is an American inventor and solar and residential designer. Baer has served on the... more on Wikipedia
  • John von Neumann4

    John von Neumann

    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 54 (1903-1957)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    John von Neumann (; Hungarian: Neumann János Lajos, pronounced [ˈnɒjmɒn ˈjaːnoʃ ˈlɒjoʃ];... more on Wikipedia
  • Wernher von Braun5

    Wernher von Braun

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 65 (1912-1977)

    BirthplaceWyrzysk, Poland

    Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Felix Bloch6

    Felix Bloch

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 78 (1905-1983)

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Felix Bloch (23 October 1905 – 10 September 1983) was a Swiss-American physicist and Nobel... more on Wikipedia
  • Paul Scherrer7

    Paul Scherrer


    AgeDec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceSt. Gallen, Switzerland

    Paul Hermann Scherrer (3 February 1890 – 25 September 1969) was a Swiss physicist. Born in... more on Wikipedia
  • Werner Kuhn8

    Werner Kuhn

    Professor, Researcher
    Werner Kuhn is a professor of Geographic Information Science at the Institute for... more on Wikipedia
  • Niklaus Wirth9

    Niklaus Wirth

    Computer scientist, Engineer


    BirthplaceSwitzerland, European Free Trade Association, Winterthur District, Winterthur, Canton of Zurich

    Niklaus Emil Wirth (born 15 February 1934) is a Swiss computer scientist. He has designed... more on Wikipedia
  • Wilhelm Röntgen10

    AgeDec. at 78 (1845-1923)

    BirthplaceRemscheid, Germany

    Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (; German: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈʁœntɡən]; 27 March 1845 – 10 February 1923) was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Maurice Koechlin11

    Maurice Koechlin

    Civil engineer, Structural engineer

    AgeDec. at 90 (1856-1946)

    BirthplaceBuhl, Haut-Rhin

    Maurice Koechlin was a Swiss structural engineer.
  • Rudolf Clausius12

    AgeDec. at 66 (1822-1888)

    BirthplaceKoszalin, Poland

    Rudolf Julius Emanuel Clausius (German pronunciation: [ˈʁuːdɔlf ˈklaʊ̯zi̯ʊs]; 2 January 1822 –... more on Wikipedia
  • Fritz Haber13

    Fritz Haber

    Chemist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 66 (1868-1934)

    BirthplaceWrocław, Poland

    Fritz Haber (German: [ˈhaːbɐ]; 9 December 1868 – 29 January 1934) was a German chemist who... more on Wikipedia
  • Simon Ammann14

    Simon Ammann

    Ski jumper, Athlete


    BirthplaceGrabs, Switzerland

    Simon "Simi" Ammann (; born 25 June 1981) is a Swiss ski jumper. He is one of the most... more on Wikipedia
  • Othmar Ammann15

    Othmar Ammann

    Civil engineer, Structural engineer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1879-1965)

    BirthplaceSchaffhausen, Switzerland

    Othmar Hermann Ammann was a Swiss-American structural engineer whose designs include the... more on Wikipedia
  • Max Frisch16

    Max Frisch

    Novelist, Architect

    AgeDec. at 80 (1911-1991)

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Max Rudolf Frisch was a Swiss playwright and novelist. Frisch's works focused on problems of... more on Wikipedia
  • Mileva Marić17

    Mileva Marić

    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1875-1948)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Serbia, Vojvodina, Titel

    Mileva Marić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милева Марић; December 19, 1875 – August 4, 1948), sometimes... more on Wikipedia
  • Fritz Zwicky18

    Fritz Zwicky


    AgeDec. at 76 (1898-1974)

    BirthplaceVarna, Bulgaria

    Fritz Zwicky (; German: [ˈtsvɪki]; February 14, 1898 – February 8, 1974) was a Swiss... more on Wikipedia
  • Christian Menn19

    Christian Menn

    Civil engineer, Designer


    BirthplaceMeiringen, Switzerland

    Christian Menn is a bridge designer from Switzerland. He owned his own Engineering Company in... more on Wikipedia
  • Georg Cantor20

    Georg Cantor

    Mathematician, Philosopher

    AgeDec. at 73 (1845-1918)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor ( KAN-tor; German: [ˈɡeɔɐ̯k ˈfɛɐ̯dinant ˈluːtvɪç ˈfɪlɪp... more on Wikipedia
  • Jean Piccard21

    AgeDec. at 79 (1884-1963)

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Jean Felix Piccard (January 28, 1884 in Basel, Switzerland – January 28, 1963 in Minneapolis,... more on Wikipedia
  • Joseph A Knight22

    Joseph A Knight

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  • Auguste Piccard23

    AgeDec. at 78 (1884-1962)

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Auguste Antoine Piccard (28 January 1884 – 24 March 1962) was a Swiss physicist, inventor and... more on Wikipedia
  • Bernard Tschumi24

    Bernard Tschumi

    Architect, Writer


    BirthplaceLausanne District, Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Lausanne, Canton of Vaud

    Bernard Tschumi is an architect, writer, and educator, commonly associated with... more on Wikipedia
  • Naguib Sawiris25

    Naguib Sawiris

    Businessperson, Politician



    Naguib Onsi Sawiris (or Sawires; Coptic: ⲛⲉⲅⲓⲃ ⲁⲛⲥⲓ ⲥⲉⲩⲏⲣⲟⲥ; Egyptian Arabic: نجيب اُنسي... more on Wikipedia