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

These people, like Albert Einstein and Charles Proteus Steinmetz include images when available.

This historic mathematicians from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from Germany?" These prominent mathematicians of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German mathematicians.

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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Nicolaus Copernicus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1473-1543)

Birthplace: Toruń, Second Polish Republic

Nicolaus Copernicus (; Polish: Mikołaj Kopernik; German: Nikolaus Kopernikus; Niklas Koppernigk; 19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer, who ...more

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Gottfried Wilhelm von Le... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1646-1716)

Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz (sometimes spelled Leibnitz) (; German: [ˈɡɔtfʁiːt ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn ˈlaɪbnɪts] or [ˈlaɪpnɪts]; French: Godefroi Guillaume Leibnitz; 1 July 1646 [O.S. 21 June] – 14 ...more

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Johannes Kepler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 59 (1571-1630)

Birthplace: Weil der Stadt, Germany

Johannes Kepler (; German: [joˈhanəs ˈkɛplɐ, -nɛs -]; December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630) was a German astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer. He is a key figure in the 17th-century ...more

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Charles Proteus Steinmet... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1865-1923)

Birthplace: Europe, Poland, Wrocław, Central Europe, Silesia, + more

Charles Proteus Steinmetz (born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz, April 9, 1865 – October 26, 1923) was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer and professor at Union College. ...more
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Carl Friedrich Gauss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 78 (1777-1855)

Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (; German: Gauß [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈɡaʊs] (listen); Latin: Carolus Fridericus Gauss; (30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a German mathematician and ...more

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Gottlob Frege is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 77 (1848-1925)

Birthplace: Wismar, Germany

Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (; German: [ˈɡɔtloːp ˈfreːɡə]; 8 November 1848 – 26 July 1925) was a German philosopher, logician, and mathematician. He worked as a mathematics professor at the ...more
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David Rittenhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 64 (1732-1796)

Birthplace: Paper Mill Run, Pennsylvania

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Hermann von Reichenau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 41 (1013-1054)

Birthplace: Altshausen, Germany

Blessed Hermann of Reichenau (July 18, 1013 – September 24, 1054), also known by other names, was an 11th-century Benedictine monk and scholar. He composed works on history, music theory, ...more
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Robert Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Age: 71
Robert Jeffrey Zimmer (born November 5, 1947) is an American mathematician and academic administrator. He is the 13th president of the University of Chicago and serves as Chair of the Board for ...more
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Georg Cantor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1845-1918)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor ( KAN-tor; German: [ˈɡeɔɐ̯k ˈfɛɐ̯dinant ˈluːtvɪç ˈfɪlɪp ˈkantɔɐ̯]; March 3 [O.S. February 19] 1845 – January 6, 1918) was a German mathematician. He ...more
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Bruno Augenstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)

Birthplace: Germany

Bruno Wilhelm Augenstein (March 16, 1923 – July 6, 2005) was a German-born mathematician and physicist who made important contributions in space technology, ballistic missile research, ...more
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Emmy Noether is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 53 (1882-1935)

Birthplace: Erlangen, Germany

Amalie Emmy Noether (German: [ˈnøːtɐ]; 23 March 1882 – 14 April 1935) was a German mathematician who made important contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. She ...more
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Bernhard Riemann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 40 (1826-1866)

Birthplace: Jameln, Germany

Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann (German: [ˈɡeːɔɐ̯k ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈbɛɐ̯nhaɐ̯t ˈʁiːman, geˈɔɐ̯k -] (listen); 17 September 1826 – 20 July 1866) was a German mathematician who made contributions ...more
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Hermann Weyl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1885-1955)

Birthplace: Elmshorn, Germany

Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl, (German: [vaɪl]; 9 November 1885 – 8 December 1955) was a German mathematician, theoretical physicist and philosopher. Although much of his working life was spent in ...more
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Gunter Sachs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)

Birthplace: Schweinfurt, Germany

Fritz Gunter Sachs (14 November 1932 – 7 May 2011) was a German photographer, author, industrialist, and latterly head of an institute that researched claims of astrology. As a young man he ...more
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Mileva Marić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1875-1948)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Serbia, Vojvodina, Titel

Mileva Marić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милева Марић; December 19, 1875 – August 4, 1948), sometimes called Mileva Marić-Einstein or Mileva Marić-Ajnštajn, was a Serbian physicist and the first wife of ...more
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Richard Dedekind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1831-1916)

Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany

Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind (6 October 1831 – 12 February 1916) was a German mathematician who made important contributions to abstract algebra (particularly ring theory), axiomatic ...more
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Karl Weierstrass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1815-1897)

Birthplace: Ennigerloh, Germany

Karl Theodor Wilhelm Weierstrass (German: Weierstraß [ˈvaɪɐʃtʁaːs]; 31 October 1815 – 19 February 1897) was a German mathematician often cited as the "father of modern analysis". ...more
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David Hilbert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1862-1943)

Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany

David Hilbert (; German: [ˈdaːvɪt ˈhɪlbɐt]; 23 January 1862 – 14 February 1943) was a German mathematician and one of the most influential and universal mathematicians of the 19th and early 20th ...more
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Martin Kreuzer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Age: 57
Martin Kreuzer (born 15 July 1962, Ihrlerstein, Germany) is a German Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess and a Mathematics professor. Kreuzer did his graduate studies in Mathematics at the ...more
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L. E. J. Brouwer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1881-1966)

Birthplace: Overschie, Netherlands

Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer (; Dutch: [ˈlœy̯tsə(n) ɛɣˈbɛrtəs jɑn ˈbrʌu̯ər]; 27 February 1881 – 2 December 1966), usually cited as L. E. J. Brouwer but known to his friends as Bertus, was a ...more
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Arthur Schuster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 83 (1851-1934)

Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster FRS FRSE (12 September 1851 – 17 October 1934) was a German-born British physicist known for his work in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, optics, X-radiography ...more
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Regiomontanus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 40 (1436-1476)

Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany

Johannes Müller von Königsberg (6 June 1436 – 6 July 1476), better known as Regiomontanus (), was a mathematician and astronomer of the German Renaissance, active in Vienna, Buda and ...more
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Julius Plücker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1801-1868)

Birthplace: Elberfeld, Germany

Julius Plücker (16 June 1801 – 22 May 1868) was a German mathematician and physicist. He made fundamental contributions to the field of analytical geometry and was a pioneer in the ...more