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Famous Psychologists from Germany

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

List people include Herbert Simon, Marie-Louise von Franz and more.

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

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  • 1

    Adolf Zeising

    Age: 210
    Adolf Zeising (24 September 1810 – 27 April 1876) was a German psychologist, whose main interests were mathematics and philosophy. Among his theories, Zeising claimed to have found the golden ratio...  more
  • 2

    Alexander Mitscherlich

    Dec. at 73 (1908-1982)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Alexander Mitscherlich (September 20, 1908 – June 26, 1982) was a German psychoanalyst....  more
  • 3

    Anton Schelkopf

    Dec. at 61 (1914-1975)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Dr. Anton Schelkopf (aka Dr. Toni Schelkopf, Toni Schelkopf or Schelkopf Toni) (28 April 1914 in Munich – 19 May 1975 in Starnberg) was a German Psychologist doctor who also was among other works a...  more
  • 4

    Arno Gruen

    Age: 98

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Arno Gruen (May 26, 1923 – October 20, 2015) was a Swiss-German psychologist and psychoanalyst....  more
  • 5

    Bruno Klopfer

    Age: 121


    Bruno Klopfer (1 October 1900 – 1971), was a German psychologist, born in Bavaria. He had a profound impact on the development of psychological personality testing, and was an important pioneer and...  more
  • 6

    Carl Gustav Carus

    Dec. at 80 (1789-1869)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Carl Gustav Carus (3 January 1789 – 28 July 1869) was a German physiologist and painter, born in Leipzig, who played various roles during the Romantic era. A friend of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, he...  more
  • 7

    Carl Stumpf

    Dec. at 88 (1848-1936)

    BirthplaceWiesentheid, Germany

    Carl Stumpf (German: [ʃtʊmpf]; 21 April 1848 – 25 December 1936) was a German philosopher and psychologist. He studied with Franz Brentano at the University of Würzburg before receiving his doctorate...  more
  • 8

    Curt W. Bondy

    Dec. at 77 (1894-1972)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Curt Werner Bondy (born April 3, 1894 Hamburg, Germany - January 17, 1972) was a German psychologist and social educator....  more
  • 9

    David Katz

    Dec. at 68 (1884-1953)

    BirthplaceKassel, Germany

    David Katz (October 1, 1884, Kassel - February 2, 1953, Stockholm) was a German-born Swedish psychologist and educator....  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Dietrich Dörner (born 28 September 1938, Berlin) is emeritus professor for General and Theoretical Psychology at the Institute of Theoretical Psychology at the Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg,...  more
  • 11

    Eberhard Schorsch

    Dec. at 55 (1935-1991)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Eberhard Schorsch (30 December 1935 – 14 November 1991) was a German physician, psychotherapist, psychiatrist, author and sexologist. Schorsch was born in Leipzig. After finishing school he studied...  more
  • 12

    Edith Jacobson

    Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)

    BirthplaceChojnów, Poland

    Edith Jacobson (German: Edith Jacobssohn; September 10, 1897 – December 8, 1978) was a German psychoanalyst. Her major contributions to psychoanalytic thinking dealt with the development of the sense...  more
  • 13

    Eduard Spranger

    Dec. at 81 (1882-1963)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Eduard Spranger (27 June 1882 – 17 September 1963) was a German philosopher and psychologist. A student of Wilhelm Dilthey, Spranger was born in Berlin and died in Tübingen. He was considered a...  more
  • 14
    Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim (born 14 October 1946 in Freiburg), is a German sociologist. She holds a professorship at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.After studying sociology, psychology and...  more
  • 15

    Eric Hoffer

    Dec. at 84 (1898-1983)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1898 – May 21, 1983) was an American moral and social philosopher. He was the author of ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983. His first...  more
  • 16

    Eric Schopler

    Dec. at 79 (1927-2006)

    BirthplaceFürth, Germany

    Eric Schopler (February 8, 1927 – July 7, 2006) was a German born American psychologist whose pioneering research into autism led to the foundation of the TEACCH program....  more
  • 17

    Erich Fromm

    Dec. at 79 (1900-1980)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Erich Seligmann Fromm (; German: [fʁɔm]; March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German Jew who fled the Nazi regime and settled in the US. He was a social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist,...  more
  • 18

    Erich Neumann

    Dec. at 55 (1905-1960)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Erich Neumann (Hebrew: אריך נוימן‎; 23 January 1905 – 5 November 1960), was a psychologist, philosopher, writer, and student of Carl Jung....  more
  • 19

    Erich Schröger

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Erich Schröger (born 11 November 1958 in Munich) is a German psychologist and neuroscientist....  more
  • 20

    Erik Erikson

    Dec. at 91 (1902-1994)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Erik Homburger Erikson (born Erik Salomonsen; 15 June 1902 – 12 May 1994) was a German-American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on psychological development of human...  more
  • 21

    Erwin Straus

    Dec. at 83 (1891-1975)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Erwin Straus (11 November 1891, Frankfurt am Main – 20 May 1975, Lexington, Kentucky) was a German-American phenomenologist and neurologist who helped to pioneer anthropological medicine and...  more
  • 22

    Eugen Drewermann

    Age: 81

    BirthplaceBergkamen, Germany

    Eugen Drewermann is a German church critic, theologian, peace activist and former Roman Catholic priest. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Drewermann was born in...  more
  • 23

    Friedemann Schulz von Thun

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceSoltau, Germany

    Friedemann Schulz von Thun (born August 6, 1944 in Soltau) is a German psychologist and expert in interpersonal communication and intrapersonal communication. Schulz von Thun worked as a professor of...  more
  • 24

    Fritz Heider

    Dec. at 91 (1896-1988)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Fritz Heider (February 19, 1896 – January 2, 1988) was an Austrian psychologist whose work was related to the Gestalt school. In 1958 he published The Psychology of Interpersonal Relations, which...  more
  • 25

    Fritz Künkel

    Dec. at 66 (1889-1956)
    Fritz Künkel (September 6, 1889 – April 1, 1956) was known both as a German psychiatrist and an American psychologist. He might best be understood as a social scientist who sought to integrate...  more