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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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    Fritz Perls

    Dec. at 76 (1893-1970)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Friedrich (Frederick) Salomon Perls (July 8, 1893 – March 14, 1970), better known as Fritz Perls, was a noted German-born psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. Perls coined the term...  more
  • 27

    Georg Elias Müller

    Dec. at 84 (1850-1934)

    BirthplaceGrimma, Germany

    Georg Elias Müller (20 July 1850 – 23 December 1934) was a significant early German experimental psychologist who is credited with the theory of retroactive interference....  more
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    Georg Groddeck

    Dec. at 67 (1866-1934)

    BirthplaceBad Kösen, Germany

    Georg Walther Groddeck (13 October 1866 in Bad Kösen – 10 June 1934 in Knonau, near Zurich) was a physician and writer regarded as a pioneer of psychosomatic medicine....  more
  • 29

    BirthplaceBad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany

    Georg Schramm (born 11 March 1949) is a German psychologist and Kabarett artist. He was a host of the Kabarett shows Scheibenwischer and Neues aus der Anstalt....  more
  • 30

    Gerd Gigerenzer

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceWallersdorf, Germany

    Gerd Gigerenzer (born September 3, 1947, Wallersdorf, Germany) is a German psychologist who has studied the use of bounded rationality and heuristics in decision making. Gigerenzer is director...  more
  • 31

    Gerd Jüttemann

    Age: 87
    Gerd Jüttemann (born 7 December 1933) is a German psychologist. He is the originator of the "Komparative Kasuistik" (Comparative Casuistics), a method widely applied in qualitative psychological...  more
  • 32

    Gottfried Fischer

    Gottfried Fischer (13 September 1944 – 2 October 2013) was a German psychologist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. He is considered to be the founder of psychotraumatology in Germany and has been...  more
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    Gunter Schmidt

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Gunter Schmidt (born 22 November 1938) is a German sexologist, psychotherapist and social psychologist. He was born in Berlin. Schmidt was the director of the centre for sexual research in the...  more
  • 34

    Gustav Fechner

    Dec. at 86 (1801-1887)

    BirthplaceŻarki Wielkie, Poland

    Gustav Theodor Fechner (; German: [ˈfɛçnɐ]; 19 April 1801 – 18 November 1887) was a German philosopher, physicist and experimental psychologist. An early pioneer in experimental psychology and...  more
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    Gustav Kafka

    Dec. at 69 (1883-1953)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Gustav Kafka (July 23, 1883, Vienna – February 12, 1953, Veitshöchheim bei Würzburg) was an Austrian philosopher, psychologist. One of Kafka's most outstanding contributions to the realms of...  more
  • 36

    Hans Eysenck

    Dec. at 81 (1916-1997)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Hans Jürgen Eysenck, PhD, DSc (; 4 March 1916 – 4 September 1997) was a German-born English psychologist who spent his professional career in Great Britain. He is best remembered for his work on...  more
  • 37

    Hans-Jürgen Walter

    Age: 77


    Hans-Jürgen P. Walter (* March 25, 1944 in Weidenhausen, Germany) is a German psychologist and psychotherapist known as the main founder of Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy. Walter worked with...  more
  • 38

    Heinrich Klüver

    Dec. at 81 (1897-1979)


    Heinrich Klüver (; May 25, 1897 – February 8, 1979) was a German and American psychologist born in Holstein. After having served in the Imperial Germany Army during World War I, he studied at both...  more
  • 39

    Herbert Freudenberger

    Dec. at 73 (1926-1999)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Herbert J. Freudenberger (1926–1999) was a German-born American psychologist. Though Freudenberger had many jobs during his life, including practitioner, editor, theoretician, and author, his most...  more
  • 40

    Herbert Simon

    Dec. at 84 (1916-2001)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Herbert Simon may refer to: Herbert A. Simon (1916–2001), American political scientist and economist Herbert Simon (real estate) (born 1934), American real estate developer...  more
  • 41

    Hermann Ebbinghaus

    Dec. at 59 (1850-1909)

    BirthplaceBarmen, Germany

    Hermann Ebbinghaus (January 24, 1850 – February 26, 1909) was a German psychologist who pioneered the experimental study of memory, and is known for his discovery of the forgetting curve and the...  more
  • 42

    Hugo Münsterberg

    Dec. at 53 (1863-1916)

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Gdańsk, Central Europe, Pomeranian Voivodeship

    Hugo Münsterberg (; June 1, 1863 – December 16, 1916) was a German-American psychologist. He was one of the pioneers in applied psychology, extending his research and theories to...  more
  • 43

    Joachim Funke

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceDüsseldorf, Germany

  • 44

    Jochen Fahrenberg

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Jochen Fahrenberg (* September 18, 1937 in Berlin) is a German psychologist in the fields of Personality, psychophysiology and philosophy of science....  more
  • 45

    Johann Maass

    Dec. at 57 (1766-1823)
    Johann Gebhard Ehrenreich Maass (German: Maaß; February 26, 1766 – December 23, 1823) was a German psychologist. Maass was born in 1766 in Krottendorf near Halberstadt. In 1791 he became an...  more
  • 46

    Karen Horney

    Dec. at 67 (1885-1952)


    Karen Horney (; née Danielson; 16 September 1885 – 4 December 1952) was a German psychoanalyst who practiced in the United States during her later career. Her theories questioned some traditional...  more
  • 47

    Karl Groos

    Dec. at 84 (1861-1946)

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany

    Karl Groos (10 December 1861, in Heidelberg – 27 March 1946, in Tübingen) was a philosopher and psychologist who proposed an evolutionary instrumentalist theory of play. His 1898 book on The Play of...  more
  • 48

    Klaus Holzkamp

    Dec. at 67 (1927-1995)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Klaus Holzkamp (30 November 1927, Berlin – 1 November 1995, Berlin) was a German psychologist....  more
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    Kurt Goldstein

    Dec. at 86 (1878-1965)

    BirthplaceKatowice, Poland

    Kurt Goldstein (November 6, 1878 – September 19, 1965) was a German neurologist and psychiatrist who created a holistic theory of the organism. Educated in medicine, Goldstein studied under Carl...  more
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    Kurt Koffka

    Dec. at 55 (1886-1941)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Kurt Koffka (March 18, 1886 – November 22, 1941) was a German psychologist. He was born and educated in Berlin. Along with Max Wertheimer and his close associates Wolfgang Köhler they established...  more