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List of famous German inventors, listed loosely by relevance with photos when available. These are some of the greatest German inventors that have helped make our lives easier by inventing things we use in our everyday lives. The inventions invented by each historic German inventor are displayed next to the inventors name when available. These brilliant inventors from Germany can also be sorted by various bits of information, such as what year and where the inventor was born.

List features Albert Einstein, Ottmar Mergenthaler and more.

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Albert Einstein Died at 76 (1879-1955)

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Ferdinand Porsche is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Ferdinand Porsche Died at 76 (1875-1951)

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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Johannes Gutenberg Died at 70 (1398-1468)

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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Rudolf Diesel Died at 55 (1858-1913)

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Gottlieb Daimler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Gottlieb Daimler Died at 66 (1834-1900)

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Wilhelm Maybach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Wilhelm Maybach Died at 83 (1846-1929)

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Herman Hollerith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Herman Hollerith Died at 69 (1860-1929)

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Paracelsus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Paracelsus Died at 48 (1493-1541)

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Heinrich Hertz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Heinrich Hertz Died at 37 (1857-1894)

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Wernher von Braun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Wernher von Braun Died at 65 (1912-1977)

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Carl Benz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous German Inventors List
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Hermann von Helmholtz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Hermann von Helmholtz Died at 73 (1821-1894)

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Robert Bunsen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Robert Bunsen Died at 88 (1811-1899)

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Otto Lilienthal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Otto Lilienthal Died at 48 (1848-1896)

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Robert Koch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Robert Koch Died at 67 (1843-1910)

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Otto von Guericke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Otto von Guericke Died at 84 (1602-1686)

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Carl Wilhelm Siemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Carl Wilhelm Siemens Died at 60 (1823-1883)

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Engelbert Zaschka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Engelbert Zaschka Died at 60 (1895-1955)

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Hans von Ohain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Hans von Ohain Died at 87 (1911-1998)

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Felix Wankel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Felix Wankel Died at 86 (1902-1988)

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Ernst Litfaß is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Ernst Litfaß Died at 58 (1816-1874)

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Rudolph Ackermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Rudolph Ackermann Died at 70 (1764-1834)

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Richard Steiff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Richard Steiff Died at 62 (1877-1939)

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Ottmar Mergenthaler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Ottmar Mergenthaler Died at 45 (1854-1899)

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Robert Bosch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Robert Bosch Died at 81 (1861-1942)

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Johann Schweigger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Johann Schweigger Died at 78 (1779-1857)

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Gustave Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Gustave Whitehead Died at 53 (1874-1927)

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Margarete Steiff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Margarete Steiff Died at 62 (1847-1909)

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Andreas Friedrich Bauer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Andreas Friedrich Bauer Died at 77 (1783-1860)

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Paul Mauser is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Paul Mauser Died at 76 (1838-1914)

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Uwe Muegge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Uwe Muegge age 57

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Gottlob Honold is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Gottlob Honold Died at 47 (1876-1923)

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Karl Drais is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Karl Drais Died at 66 (1785-1851)

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Anton Flettner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Anton Flettner Died at 76 (1885-1961)

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Johann Zahn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Johann Zahn Died at 66 (1641-1707)

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Nikolaus Otto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Nikolaus Otto Died at 59 (1832-1891)

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Carl August von Steinheil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Carl August von Steinheil Died at 69 (1801-1870)

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Arthur Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Arthur Rudolph Died at 90 (1906-1996)

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Philipp Matthäus Hahn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Philipp Matthäus Hahn Died at 51 (1739-1790)

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Franz Xaver Gabelsberger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Franz Xaver Gabelsberger Died at 60 (1789-1849)

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Johann Mannhardt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Johann Mannhardt Died at 80 (1798-1878)

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Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirn... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus Died at 57 (1651-1708)

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Peter Henlein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Peter Henlein Died at 57 (1485-1542)

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Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff Died at 74 (1803-1877)

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Henry John Heinz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Henry John Heinz Died at 75 (1844-1919)

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Hans Geiger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Hans Geiger Died at 63 (1882-1945)

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Erich Kästner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Erich Kästner Died at 94 (1911-2005)

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Christoph Meinel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Christoph Meinel age 63

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Diedrich Westermann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Diedrich Westermann Died at 81 (1875-1956)

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Ralph H. Baer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Ralph H. Baer age 95