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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)
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general 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)
Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its center. The publication of this model ...more
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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1646-1716)
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German polymath and philosopher. He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz ...more
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Johannes Kepler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 59 (1571-1630)
Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his laws of planetary motion, based on his ...more
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Charles Proteus Steinmetz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1865-1923)
Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer. He fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric ...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)
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, ...more
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Gottlob Frege is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 77 (1848-1925)
Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege was a German mathematician, logician and philosopher. He is considered to be one of the founders of modern logic and made major contributions to the foundations of ...more
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David Rittenhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 64 (1732-1796)
David Rittenhouse was a renowned American astronomer, inventor, clockmaker, mathematician, surveyor, scientific instrument craftsman and public official. Rittenhouse was a member of the American ...more
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Hermann von Reichenau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 41 (1013-1054)
Hermann of Reichenau, also called Hermannus Contractus or Hermannus Augiensis or Herman the Cripple, was an 11th-century scholar, composer, music theorist, mathematician, and astronomer. He ...more
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Robert Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
age 71
Robert Jeffrey Zimmer 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 Argonne National Lab, ...more
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Georg Cantor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1845-1918)
Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor was a German mathematician, best known as the inventor of set theory, which has become a fundamental theory in mathematics. Cantor established the ...more
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Bruno Augenstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)
Bruno Wilhelm Augenstein was a German-born mathematician and physicist who made important contributions in space technology, ballistic missile research, satellites, antimatter, and many other
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Emmy Noether is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 53 (1882-1935)
Emmy Noether was an influential German mathematician known for her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. She was described by Pavel Alexandrov, Albert Einstein, Jean ...more
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Bernhard Riemann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 40 (1826-1866)
Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann was an influential German mathematician who made lasting contributions to analysis, number theory, and differential geometry, some of them enabling the later ...more
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Hermann Weyl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1885-1955)
Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl, ForMemRS was a German mathematician, theoretical physicist and philosopher. Although much of his working life was spent in Zürich, Switzerland and then Princeton, ...more
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Gunter Sachs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)
Fritz Gunter Sachs was a German photographer, author, industrialist, and latterly head of an institute that researched claims of astrology. As a young man he became a sportsman, then gained ...more
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Mileva Marić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1875-1948)
Mileva Marić was a Serbian physicist. She was the only woman among Albert Einstein's fellow students at the Zurich Polytechnic. They developed a relationship and had a daughter before their ...more
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Richard Dedekind is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1831-1916)
Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind was a German mathematician who made important contributions to abstract algebra, algebraic number theory and the foundations of the real numbers.
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Karl Weierstrass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1815-1897)
Karl Theodor Wilhelm Weierstrass was a German mathematician often cited as the "father of modern analysis". Despite leaving university without a degree, he studied mathematics and ...more
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David Hilbert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1862-1943)
David Hilbert was a German mathematician. He is recognized as one of the most influential and universal mathematicians of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hilbert discovered and developed a ...more
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Martin Kreuzer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
age 57
Martin Kreuzer, is a German Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess and a Mathematics professor. Kreuzer did his graduate studies in Mathematics at the University of Regensburg, located on 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)
Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer ForMemRS, usually cited as L. E. J. Brouwer but known to his friends as Bertus, was a Dutch mathematician and philosopher, a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, ...more
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Arthur Schuster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 83 (1851-1934)
Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster FRS FRSE was a German-born British physicist known for his work in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, optics, X-radiography and the application of harmonic ...more
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Regiomontanus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 40 (1436-1476)
Johannes Müller von Königsberg, today best known by the Latin epithet Regiomontanus, was a German mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, translator, instrument maker and Catholic ...more
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Julius Plücker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1801-1868)
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