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

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Abraham Gottlob Werner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 68 (1749-1817) Abraham Gottlob Werner was a German geologist who set out an early theory about the stratification of the Earth's crust and propounded a history of the Earth that came to be known as Neptunism. ...more

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Adolf Overweg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 30 (1822-1852) Adolf Overweg was a German geologist, astronomer, and traveler from Hamburg. As a member of a mission to fix trade routes in Central Africa he became the first person of European origin to ...more

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Alfred Philippson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 89 (1864-1953) Alfred Philippson was a German geologist and geographer. He was born at Bonn, son of Ludwig Philippson. He received his education at the gymnasium and university of his native town and at the ...more

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Alfred Wegener is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 50 (1880-1930) Alfred Lothar Wegener was a German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist. During his lifetime he was primarily known for his achievements in meteorology and as a pioneer of polar ...more

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Alphons Stübel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Alphons Stübel Dec. at 69 (1835-1904) Moritz Alphons Stübel was a German geologist and vulcanologist who was a native of Leipzig. He studied chemistry and mineralogy at the University of Leipzig. With geologist Wilhelm Reiss, ...more

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Carl Friedrich Heinrich Credne... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Carl Friedrich Heinrich Credner Dec. at 67 (1809-1876) Carl Friedrich Heinrich Credner was a German geologist.

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Carl Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1788-1869) Baron Dr. Carl Ludwig von Reichenbach was a notable chemist, geologist, metallurgist, naturalist, industrialist and philosopher, and a member of the prestigious Prussian Academy of Sciences. He ...more

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Charles Konig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 77 (1774-1851) Charles Dietrich Eberhard Konig or Karl Dietrich Eberhard König was a German naturalist. He was born in Brunswick and educated at Göttingen. He came to England at the end of 1800 to ...more

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Christian Leopold von Buch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Christian Leopold von Buch Dec. at 79 (1774-1853) Christian Leopold von Buch was a German geologist and paleontologist born in Stolpe an der Oder and is remembered as one of the most important contributors to geology in the first half of the ...more

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Ernst Dieffenbach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 44 (1811-1855) Johann Karl Ernst Dieffenbach, also known as Ernest Dieffenbach, was a German physician, geologist and naturalist, the first trained scientist to live and work in New Zealand, where he travelled ...more

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Ernst Heinrich Karl von Dechen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Ernst Heinrich Karl von Dechen Dec. at 89 (1800-1889) Ernst Heinrich Karl von Dechen was a German geologist. He was born in Berlin, and was educated at the University of Berlin. He subsequently studied mining in Bochum and Essen, and was in 1820 ...more

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Felix Andries Vening Meinesz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1887-1966) Felix Andries Vening Meinesz was a Dutch geophysicist and geodesist. He is known for his invention of a precise method for measuring gravity. Thanks to his invention, it became possible to ...more

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Ferdinand von Hochstetter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Ferdinand von Hochstetter Dec. at 55 (1829-1884) Christian Gottlieb Ferdinand Ritter von Hochstetter was a German geologist. He was born at Esslingen, Württemberg, the son of Christian Ferdinand Friedrich Hochstetter, a clergyman and ...more

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Ferdinand von Roemer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1818-1891) Carl Ferdinand von Roemer, German geologist, had originally been educated for the legal profession at Göttingen, but became interested in geology, and abandoning law in 1840, studied ...more

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Ferdinand Zirkel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1838-1912) Ferdinand Zirkel was a German geologist and petrographer.

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Franz Kossmat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1871-1938) Franz Kossmat was an Austrian-German geologist, for twenty years the director of the Geological Survey of Saxony under both the kingdom and the subsequent German Republic. Kossmat was professor ...more

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Friedrich Adolph Roemer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Friedrich Adolph Roemer Dec. at 60 (1809-1869) Friedrich Adolph Roemer, German geologist, was born at Hildesheim, in the Kingdom of Westphalia. His father was a lawyer and councillor of the high court of justice. In 1845 he became professor ...more

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Friedrich August von Alberti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Friedrich August von Alberti Dec. at 83 (1795-1878) Friedrich August von Alberti was a German geologist whose ground-breaking 1834 publication recognized the unity of the three characteristic strata that compose the sedimentary deposits of the ...more

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Friedrich Mohs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Friedrich Mohs Dec. at 66 (1773-1839) Carl Friedrich Christian Mohs was a German geologist/mineralogist.

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Gregor von Helmersen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Gregor von Helmersen Dec. at 82 (1803-1885) Gregor von Helmersen was a Baltic German geologist. He received an engineering training and became major-general in the corps of Mining Engineers. In 1837 he was appointed professor of geology ...more

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Gustav Karl Wilhelm Hermann Ka... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 91 (1817-1908) Gustav Karl Wilhelm Hermann Karsten was a German botanist and geologist. Born in Stralsund, he followed the example of Alexander von Humboldt and traveled 1844-56 the northern part of South ...more

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Hanns Bruno Geinitz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 86 (1814-1900) Hanns Bruno Geinitz was a German geologist, born at Altenburg, the capital of Saxe-Altenburg. He was educated at the universities of Berlin and Jena, and gained the foundations of his geological ...more

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Hans Cloos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1885-1951) Hans Cloos was a prominent German structural geologist. Born in Magdeburg, Germany, Hans Cloos earned his doctorate at Freiburg in 1910, then worked in Indonesia and Namibia up until the start ...more

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Hans Merensky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Hans Merensky Dec. at 81 (1871-1952) Hans Merensky was a German South African geologist, prospector, scientist, conservationist and philanthropist. He discovered the rich deposit of alluvial diamonds at Alexander Bay in ...more

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Hans Stille is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Hans Stille Dec. at 90 (1876-1966) Hans Wilhelm Stille was an influential German geologist working primarily on tectonics and the collation of tectonic events during the Phanerozoic. He was born in Hanover, Germany, and was ...more

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Harry Rosenbusch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Harry Rosenbusch Dec. at 78 (1836-1914) Heinrich/Harry Rosenbusch, Karl Heinrich/Harry Rosenbusch, or H. F. Rosenbusch was a German petrographer. Harry Rosenbusch was born in Einbeck. He taught at Heidelberg University. He died, aged ...more

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Heinrich Georg Bronn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Heinrich Georg Bronn Dec. at 62 (1800-1862) Heinrich Georg Bronn was a German geologist and paleontologist.

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Heinrich Girard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Heinrich Girard Dec. at 64 (1814-1878) Heinrich Girard was a German mineralogist and geologist born in Berlin. He studied natural sciences in Berlin, receiving his habilitation in 1845. Afterwards he became an associate professor of ...more

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Heinrich Quiring is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Heinrich Quiring Dec. at 81 (1883-1964) Heinrich Quiring was a German paleontologist and geologist. He was born in Haus Hüllen bei Gelsenkirchen. Quiring died in Berlin, where he had been a professor at the Free University.

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Henno Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Henno Martin Dec. at 88 (1910-1998) Henno Martin was a German professor of geology who, along with Hermann Korn, lived for two years in the Namib Desert to avoid internment during the Second World War.

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Jean de Charpentier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Jean de Charpentier Dec. at 69 (1786-1855) Jean de Charpentier or Johann von Charpentier was a German-Swiss geologist who studied Swiss glaciers. He was born in Freiberg, Saxony, Germany and died in Bex, Switzerland. After following in ...more

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Johann Gottlob Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 48 (1719-1767) Johann Gottlieb Lehmann was a German mineralogist and geologist noted for his work and research contributions to the geologic record leading to the development of stratigraphy.

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Johann Jakob Nöggerath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Johann Jakob Nöggerath Dec. at 89 (1788-1877) Johann Jakob Nöggerath, German mineralogist and geologist, was born at Bonn. In 1814-1815 he became commissioner of mines for some of the Rhine Provinces, and in 1818 professor of ...more

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Josef Felix Pompeckj is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Josef Felix Pompeckj Dec. at 63 (1867-1930) Josef Felix Pompeckj was a German paleontologist and geologist. He was born in Groß-Köllen. He studied geology and paleontology and received his doctorate in 1890. He worked in ...more

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Julius von Haast is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 63 (1824-1887) Sir Johann Franz "Julius" von Haast was a German geologist. He founded Canterbury Museum at Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Justus Ludwig Adolf Roth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Justus Ludwig Adolf Roth Dec. at 74 (1818-1892) Justus Ludwig Adolf Roth was a German geologist and mineralogist.

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Karl Alfred von Zittel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Karl Alfred von Zittel Dec. at 65 (1839-1904) Karl Alfred Ritter von Zittel was a German palaeontologist.

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Karl Eichwald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1795-1876) Karl Eduard von Eichwald was a Baltic German geologist, physician, and naturalist, who worked in Russia. Eichwald was a Baltic German born at Mitau in Courland Governorate. He became doctor of ...more

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Karl Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Karl Martin Dec. at 91 (1851-1942) Johann Karl Ludwig Martin was a German geologist. He was professor in geology at Leiden University from 1877 to 1922. From 1880 to 1922 he also was director of the Geological Museum of Leiden. ...more

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Karl Mauch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Karl Mauch Dec. at 38 (1837-1875) Karl Gottlieb Mauch was a German explorer and geographer of Africa. He reported on the archaeological ruins of Great Zimbabwe in 1871 during his search for the biblical land of Ophir.

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Nathanael Gottfried Leske is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 35 (1751-1786) Nathanael Gottfried Leske was a German natural scientist and geologist. After his studies at Bergakademie of Freiberg in Saxony and the Franckeschen Stiftungen in Halle, Leske became a special ...more

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Otto Volger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Otto Volger Dec. at 75 (1822-1897) Georg Heinrich Otto Volger was a German geologist born in Lüneburg. He studied natural history at the University of Göttingen, and later taught classes in natural history at the Muri ...more

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Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 80 (1806-1886) Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich was a German mineralogist and geologist. Full member of St Petersburg Academy of Sciences.

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Pierre Jean Édouard Desor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 71 (1811-1882) Pierre Jean Édouard Desor was a German-Swiss geologist and naturalist.

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Rodolfo Hauthal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Rodolfo Hauthal was a teacher, geologist and palaeontologist.

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Rudolf Stahlecker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Rudolf Stahlecker Rudolf Stahlecker was a German geologist and biology teacher.

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Stefan Richarz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Dec. at 60 (1874-1934) Stefan Richarz was a German priest, missionary and geologist. Richarz was born in Richrath near Cologne, Germany in 1874. He joined the Divine Word Missionaries in 1893 at Steyl, Netherlands. He ...more

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Theodor Wolf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Theodor Wolf Dec. at 83 (1841-1924) Theodor Wolf was a German naturalist who studied the Galápagos Islands during the late nineteenth century. Wolf Island is named after him. The wolf volcano on Isabela Island was also ...more

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Toussaint de Charpentier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Toussaint de Charpentier Dec. at 68 (1779-1847) Toussaint de Charpentier was a German geologist and entomologist. He was the author of Libellulinae europaeae descriptae e depictae.

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Werner Janensch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Geologists from Germany
Werner Janensch Dec. at 91 (1878-1969) Werner Ernst Martin Janensch was a German paleontologist and geologist. Janensch's most famous contributions stemmed from the expedition he led with Edwin Hennig to the Tendaguru Beds in what is ...more