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List of famous alumni from Humboldt University of Berlin, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Humboldt University of Berlin include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Humboldt University of Berlin alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Humboldt University of Berlin 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 Humboldt University of Berlin.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Karl Marx and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Humboldt University of Berlin?” and “Which celebrities are Humboldt University of Berlin alumni?”

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Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Sociologist, Politician, Historian Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and ...more

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Rudolf Peierls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, CBE was a German-born British physicist. Rudolf Peierls had a major role in Britain's nuclear programme, but he also had a role in many modern sciences. His obituary in ...more

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W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Historian William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, ...more

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Edward Schunck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Chemist Henry Edward Schunck was a British chemist who did much work with dyes.

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Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Professor Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D., LL.D., also known as Michael I. Pupin, was a Serbian American physicist and physical chemist. Pupin is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of ...more

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Julius Edgar Lilienfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Electrical engineer Julius Edgar Lilienfeld was an Austro-Hungarian-born American Physicist and Electronic Engineer. He was born to a Jewish family in Lemberg Austria-Hungary and moved to the United States in the ...more

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Karl Liebknecht is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Politician Karl Liebknecht was a German socialist and a co-founder with Rosa Luxemburg of the Spartacist League and the Communist Party of Germany. He is best known for his opposition to World War I in the ...more

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Friedrich Engels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Author, Economist, Philosopher Friedrich Engels was a German social scientist, author, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, together with Karl Marx. In 1845 he published The Condition of the Working ...more

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Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor Francis Robbins Upton was an American physicist and mathematician.

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Karl Heinrich Ulrichs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Writer Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a German writer who is seen today as the pioneer of the modern gay rights movement.

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Activist, Educator, Author Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, ...more

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Wilhelm Frick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Politician Wilhelm Frick was a prominent German politician of the Nazi Party, who served as Reich Minister of the Interior in the Hitler Cabinet from 1933 to 1943. After the end of World War II, he was ...more

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Michelle Bachelet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Politician, Pediatrician, Physician Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria is a Socialist Party politician and the President of Chile since 11 March 2014. She previously served as President from 2006–2010, becoming the first ...more

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Konstantin von Neurath is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Politician Konstantin Hermann Karl Freiherr von Neurath was a German diplomat remembered mostly for having served as Foreign minister of Germany between 1932 and 1938. Holding this post in the early years ...more

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Walther Funk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Journalist Walther Funk was an economist and prominent Nazi official who served as Reich Minister for Economic Affairs from 1938 to 1945 and was tried and convicted as a major war criminal by the ...more

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Ludwig Leichhardt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, known as Ludwig Leichhardt, was a Prussian explorer and naturalist, most famous for his exploration of northern and central Australia.

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Walter Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Literary critic, Essayist, Translator Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German philosopher and cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism, Romanticism, historical materialism, and Jewish ...more

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Wernher von Braun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Aerospace Engineer Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun was a German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect, but made his greatest contributions as an aerospace program manager. He was ...more

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Hannah Arendt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Political scientist, Author, Essayist Johanna "Hannah" Arendt was a German-born political theorist. Though often described as a philosopher, she rejected that label on the grounds that philosophy is concerned with ...more

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Conductor, Pianist, Composer Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. A grandson of the ...more

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Arthur Gordon Webster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist Arthur Gordon Webster, physicist, was a founder and president of the American Physical Society.

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Henry Adams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Novelist Henry Brooks Adams was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, being descended from two U.S. Presidents. As a young Harvard graduate, he was secretary to his father, ...more

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Arthur Schopenhauer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher best known for his book, The World as Will and Representation, in which he claimed that our world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will, ...more

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Leó Szilárd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist Leó Szilárd was a Hungarian-American physicist and inventor. He conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933, patented the idea of a nuclear reactor with Enrico Fermi, and in late ...more

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Sven Hedin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Politician, Geographer, Writer Sven Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia, he ...more

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Maximilian Schich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Art Historian, Archaeologist Maximilian Schich is a German archaeologist, semantic data analyst and art historian.

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Alfred Wegener is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Scientist, Geologist, Astronomer 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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Max Weber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Sociologist, Economist, Philosopher Karl Emil Maximilian "Max" Weber was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist whose ideas profoundly influenced social theory and social research. Weber is often ...more

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Julius Plücker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist Julius Plücker was a German mathematician and physicist. He made fundamental contributions to the field of analytical geometry and was a pioneer in the investigations of cathode rays that ...more

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Roman Vishniac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Biologist, Photojournalist, Photographer Roman Vishniac was a Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. A complete archive of his work now ...more

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Max Planck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, FRS was a German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Planck made many contributions to ...more

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Albert Abraham Michelson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Albert Abraham Michelson was an American physicist known for his work on the measurement of the speed of light and especially for the Michelson–Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel ...more

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Heinrich Hertz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Philosopher Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was a German physicist who first conclusively proved the existence of electromagnetic waves theorized by James Clerk Maxwell's electromagnetic theory of light. Hertz proved ...more

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Edwin Klebs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Pathologist Theodor Albrecht Edwin Klebs was a German-Swiss pathologist. He is mainly known for his work on infectious diseases. His works paved the way for the beginning of modern bacteriology, and ...more

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Victor Hensen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Zoologist Christian Andreas Victor Hensen was a German zoologist. He coined the term plankton and laid the foundation for biological oceanography. Hensen was born in the town of Schleswig. He studied ...more

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Hermann Abert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Musicologist Hermann Abert was a German historian of music.

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Ferdinand von Richthofen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Scientist, Geographer, Traveller Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen was a German traveller, geographer, and scientist. He is noted for coining the terms "Seidenstraße" and "Seidenstraßen" = ...more

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James Franck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Scientist James Franck was a German physicist and Nobel laureate.

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Rudolf Clausius is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist Rudolf Julius Emanuel Clausius, was a German physicist and mathematician and is considered one of the central founders of the science of thermodynamics. By his restatement of Sadi Carnot's ...more

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Karl Eugen Guthe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Science writer Karl Eugen Guthe was a German-born American physicist notable for his work on aspects of electricity.

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Wassily Leontief is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Scientist, Author, Economist Wassily Wassilyovich Leontief, was a American economist notable for his research on how changes in one economic sector may have an effect on other sectors. Leontief won the Nobel Committee's ...more

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Abraham Joshua Heschel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Rabbi, Professor, Philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Heschel, a professor of Jewish mysticism at the ...more

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Max von Laue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist Max Theodor Felix von Laue was a German physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. In addition to his scientific endeavors ...more

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Walther Nernst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physicist, Chemist Walther Hermann Nernst, ForMemRS was a German physicist who is known for his theories behind the calculation of chemical affinity as embodied in the third law of thermodynamics, for which he won ...more

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Felix Klein is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Mathematician Christian Felix Klein was a German mathematician and mathematics educator, known for his work in group theory, complex analysis, non-Euclidean geometry, and on the connections between geometry ...more

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Fritz Haber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Chemist, Scientist, Engineer Fritz Haber was a German chemist of Jewish origin who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for his development of the Haber process, which was the first industrially perfected method of ...more

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George F. Kennan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Politician, Biographer, Diplomat George Frost Kennan was an American advisor, diplomat, and historian, known best as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion at the end of World War II. He later reversed ...more

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Heinrich Heine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Journalist Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of ...more

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Theodor Billroth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Physician, Surgeon Christian Albert Theodor Billroth was a Prussian-born Austrian surgeon and amateur musician. As a surgeon, he is generally regarded as the founding father of modern abdominal surgery. As a ...more

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Kurt Alder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Humboldt University Of Berlin Alumni
Chemist Kurt Alder was a German chemist and Nobel laureate.