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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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Adolf Zeising is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Adolf Zeising Dec. at 66 (1810-1876)
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 ...more
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Alexander Mitscherlich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1908-1982)
Alexander Mitscherlich (September 20, 1908 – June 26, 1982) was a German psychoanalyst.
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Anton Schelkopf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Anton Schelkopf Dec. at 61 (1914-1975)
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 ...more
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Arno Gruen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
age 95
Arno Gruen (May 26, 1923 – October 20, 2015) was a Swiss-German psychologist and psychoanalyst.
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Bruno Klopfer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Bruno Klopfer Dec. at 71 (1900-1971)
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 ...more
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Carl Gustav Carus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 80 (1789-1869)
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 ...more
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Carl Stumpf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 88 (1848-1936)
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 ...more
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Curt W. Bondy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 78 (1894-1972)
Curt Werner Bondy (born April 3, 1894 Hamburg, Germany - January 17, 1972) was a German psychologist and social educator.
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David Katz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
David Katz Dec. at 69 (1884-1953)
David Katz (October 1, 1884, Kassel - February 2, 1953, Stockholm) was a German-born Swedish psychologist and educator.
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Dietrich Dörner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
age 80
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 ...more
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Eberhard Schorsch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Eberhard Schorsch Dec. at 56 (1935-1991)
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 ...more
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Edith Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)
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 ...more
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Eduard Spranger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Eduard Spranger Dec. at 81 (1882-1963)
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 ...more
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Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
age 72
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
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Eric Hoffer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1902-1983)
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 ...more
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Eric Schopler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1927-2006)
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.
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Erich Fromm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 80 (1900-1980)
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, ...more
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Erich Neumann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 55 (1905-1960)
Erich Neumann (Hebrew: אריך נוימן‎; 23 January 1905 – 5 November 1960), was a psychologist, philosopher, writer, and student of Carl Jung.
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Erich Schröger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Erich Schröger age 60
Erich Schröger (born 11 November 1958 in Munich) is a German psychologist and neuroscientist.
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Erik Erikson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 92 (1902-1994)
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 ...more
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Erwin Straus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 84 (1891-1975)
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
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Eugen Drewermann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Eugen Drewermann age 78
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
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Friedemann Schulz von Thun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Friedemann Schulz von Thun age 74
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 ...more
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Fritz Heider is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Dec. at 92 (1896-1988)
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, ...more
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Fritz Künkel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Psychologists from Germany
Fritz Künkel Dec. at 67 (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 ...more