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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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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 70 (1398-1468)

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77 22
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 76 (1879-1955)

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37 5
Gottlieb Daimler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 66 (1834-1900)

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51 13
Ferdinand Porsche is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 76 (1875-1951)

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48 13
Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 55 (1858-1913)

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36 6
Wernher von Braun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 65 (1912-1977)

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40 9
Herman Hollerith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 69 (1860-1929)

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40 10
Wilhelm Maybach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 83 (1846-1929)

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39 10
Carl Benz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Vader504 added Carl Benz

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33 7
Otto Lilienthal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 48 (1848-1896)

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34 8
Heinrich Hertz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 37 (1857-1894)

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31 6
Hermann von Helmholtz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 73 (1821-1894)

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35 9
Paracelsus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 48 (1493-1541)

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30 7
Engelbert Zaschka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 60 (1895-1955)

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29 8
Robert Bunsen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 88 (1811-1899)

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23 4
Felix Wankel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 86 (1902-1988)

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24 5
Carl Wilhelm Siemens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 60 (1823-1883)

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30 10
Robert Koch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 67 (1843-1910)

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25 7
Hans von Ohain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 87 (1911-1998)

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27 10
Otto von Guericke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 84 (1602-1686)

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18 3
Robert Bosch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Robert Bosch Died at 81 (1861-1942)

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Ernst Litfaß is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Ernst Litfaß Died at 58 (1816-1874)

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15 3
Ottmar Mergenthaler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 45 (1854-1899)

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15 3
Johann Schweigger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 78 (1779-1857)

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18 6
Rudolph Ackermann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Rudolph Ackermann Died at 70 (1764-1834)

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13 2
Andreas Friedrich Bauer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Andreas Friedrich Bauer Died at 77 (1783-1860)

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12 2
Christoph Meinel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Christoph Meinel age 64

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12 2
Margarete Steiff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 62 (1847-1909)

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16 6
Gustave Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 53 (1874-1927)

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10 1
Hans Geiger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 63 (1882-1945)

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10 1
Nikolaus Otto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 59 (1832-1891)

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11 2
Richard Steiff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Richard Steiff Died at 62 (1877-1939)

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16 7
Uwe Muegge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Uwe Muegge age 58

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11 3
Johann Zahn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Johann Zahn Died at 66 (1641-1707)

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11 3
Anton Flettner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 76 (1885-1961)

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8 1
Peter Henlein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Peter Henlein Died at 57 (1485-1542)

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8 1
Johann Mannhardt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Johann Mannhardt Died at 80 (1798-1878)

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9 2
Franz Xaver Gabelsberger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 60 (1789-1849)

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10 3
Karl Drais is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Karl Drais Died at 66 (1785-1851)

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12 5
Paul Mauser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Paul Mauser Died at 76 (1838-1914)

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7 1
Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff Died at 74 (1803-1877)

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7 1
Henry John Heinz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 75 (1844-1919)

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7 1
Artur Fischer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous German Inventors List
age 99

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8 2
Arthur Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 90 (1906-1996)

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8 2
Philipp Matthäus Hahn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Philipp Matthäus Hahn Died at 51 (1739-1790)

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9 3
Carl August von Steinheil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 69 (1801-1870)

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13 7
Gottlob Honold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Gottlob Honold Died at 47 (1876-1923)

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7 2
Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirn... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus Died at 57 (1651-1708)

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7 2
Theodore von Kármán is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous German Inventors List
Died at 82 (1881-1963)

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6 1
Ralph H. Baer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous German Inventors List
age 96