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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Bonn and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of Bonn, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Bonn include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Bonn alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Bonn are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Bonn.

This list includes Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Bonn?” and “Which celebrities are University of Bonn alumni?”

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Joseph Goebbels is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Politician, Screenwriter, Author Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devoted followers, he was ...more

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Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Cultural critic, Philologist, Poet Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, ...more

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Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Sociologist, Politician, Historian Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and ...more

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Inventor George Constant Louis Washington was an American homosexual and businessman of Anglo-Belgian origin. He is best remembered for his invention of an early instant coffee process and for the ...more

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Carl Schurz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Lawyer Carl Christian Schurz was a German revolutionary, American statesman and reformer, U.S. Minister to Spain, Union Army General in the American Civil War, U. S. Senator, and Secretary of the ...more

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Guido Westerwelle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Guido Westerwelle is a German politician who served as the Foreign Minister in the second cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel and was Vice Chancellor of Germany from 2009 to 2011. He is the ...more

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Ernst Messerschmid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut Prof. Dr. Ernst Willi Messerschmid is a German physicist and former astronaut. Born in Reutlingen, Germany, Messerschmid finished the Technisches Gymnasium in Stuttgart in 1965. After two years ...more

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Monika Stolz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Researcher, Physician Monika Stolz is a German politician for the Christian Democratic Union in Baden-Württemberg and was Minister of Work, Social Order, Women and the Elderly from 2006 to 2011.

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Robert Ley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Politician Robert Ley was a Nazi politician and head of the German Labour Front from 1933 to 1945. He committed suicide while awaiting trial at Nuremberg for war crimes.

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Moses Hess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Philosopher Moses Hess was a German-French-Jewish philosopher and socialist, and one of the founders of Labor Zionism.

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William Ellery Leonard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
William Ellery Leonard was an American poet, playwright, translator, and literary scholar.

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Max Ernst is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Sculptor, Painter, Poet Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.

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Marwan al-Shehhi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Marwan Yousef Mohamed Rashid Lekrab al-Shehhi was the hijacker-pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, crashing the plane into the South Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the September 11 ...more

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Julius Plücker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist 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

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Wilhelm II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Wilhelm II or William II was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. He was the eldest grandson of ...more

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Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Chemist Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Jr. was a Dutch physical and organic chemist and the first winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is best known for his discoveries in chemical kinetics, ...more

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Julian Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician, Educator Julian Lowell Coolidge was an American mathematician and a professor and chairman of the Harvard University Mathematics Department.

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Hermann Emil Fischer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Chemist, Scientist Hermann Emil Louis Fischer was a German chemist and 1902 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He also discovered the Fischer esterification. He developed the Fischer projection, a symbolic ...more

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Felix Klein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician Christian Felix Klein was a German mathematician and mathematics educator, known for his work in group theory, complex analysis, non-Euclidean geometry, and on the connections between geometry ...more

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Heinrich Heine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Journalist Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of ...more

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Michael Clyne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Linguist Michael George Clyne, AM, FAHA, FASSA was an Australian linguist, academic and intellectual. He was a scholar in various fields of linguistics, including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, ...more

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Justus von Liebig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Chemist, Scientist Justus Freiherr von Liebig was a German chemist who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry, and was considered the founder of organic chemistry. As a professor at the ...more

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Carl Wilhelm Borchardt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician Carl Wilhelm Borchardt was a German mathematician. Borchardt was born to a Jewish family in Berlin. His father, Moritz, was a respected merchant, and his mother was Emma Heilborn. Borchardt ...more

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Johannes Theodor Baargeld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Painter, Poet Johannes Theodor Baargeld was a pseudonym of Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Grünwald, a German painter and poet who, together with Max Ernst, founded the Cologne Dada group. He also used the name ...more

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Ludwig Aschoff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Scientist, Physician Karl Albert Ludwig Aschoff was a German physician and pathologist. He is considered to be one of the most influential pathologists of the early 20th century and is regarded as the most important ...more

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Ferdinand Tönnies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Philosopher Ferdinand Tönnies was a German sociologist and philosopher. He was a major contributor to sociological theory and field studies, best known for his distinction between two types of social ...more

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Felix Otto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician Felix Otto is a German mathematician. He studied mathematics at the University of Bonn, finishing his Ph.D. thesis in 1993 under the supervision of Stephan Luckhaus. After postdoctoral studies ...more

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Max Wilms is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Surgeon Carl Max Wilhelm Wilms was a German pathologist and surgeon who was a native of Hünshoven, which today is part of the town Geilenkirchen. In 1890 he earned his medical doctorate from the ...more

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Karl Weierstrass is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician 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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Johannes Peter Müller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Scientist Johannes Peter Müller, was a German physiologist, comparative anatomist, ichthyologist, and herpetologist, known not only for his discoveries but also for his ability to synthesize

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Konrad Adenauer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer was a German statesman. As the first post-war Chancellor of Germany from 1949 to 1963, he led his country from the ruins of World War II to a productive and ...more

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Samson Raphael Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Rabbi, Philosopher Samson Raphael Hirsch was a German rabbi best known as the intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism. Occasionally termed neo-Orthodoxy, his ...more

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Jürgen Habermas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Political scientist, Philosopher Jürgen Habermas is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the ...more

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Hans Knappertsbusch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Opera conductor Hans Knappertsbusch was a German conductor, best known for his performances of the music of Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner and Richard Strauss as well as his unique public persona and conducting ...more

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Johann Georg Hagen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Scientist, Astronomer Johann Georg Hagen, was an Austrian Jesuit priest and astronomer. Naturalized American citizen he was called to Rome by Pope Pius IX in 1906 to be the first Jesuit director of the new Vatican ...more

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Sebastian Thrun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Software Engineer, Professor, Computer scientist Sebastian Thrun is an educator, programmer, robotics developer and computer scientist from Germany. He is CEO and cofounder of Udacity, an institution he cofounded with David Stavens and Mike ...more

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Carl Peter Forster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Businessperson Carl-Peter Forster has been GM vice president and president of GM Europe, based in Zurich, Switzerland, since June 2004. Effective January 1, 2006, he was appointed GM group vice president and a ...more

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Hermann Ebbinghaus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus was a German psychologist who pioneered the experimental study of memory, and is known for his discovery of the forgetting curve and the spacing effect. He was also the first ...more

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Albert, Prince Consort is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. He was born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family ...more

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Eduard Heis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer Eduard Heis was a German mathematician and astronomer. He completed his education at the University of Bonn in 1827, then taught mathematics at a school in Cologne. In 1832 he taught at Aachen, ...more

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James Robertson Justice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Sailor, Actor James Robertson Justice was a popular British character actor in British films of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

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Eduard Strasburger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Botanist Eduard Adolf Strasburger was a Polish-German professor who was one of the most famous botanists of the 19th century. He was born in Warsaw, Congress Poland, son of Edward Bogumił Strasburger. In ...more

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Julius von Ficker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Julius von Ficker was a Roman Catholic German historian.

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Franz Gerhard Wegeler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Franz Gerhard Wegeler Physician Franz Gerhard Wegeler was a German physician from Bonn, who was a childhood friend of Ludwig van Beethoven. He was the father of historian Julius Stephan Wegeler. He studied medicine at the ...more

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Abraham Geiger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Abraham Geiger Rabbi Abraham Geiger was a German rabbi and scholar who led the founding of Reform Judaism. He sought to remove all nationalistic elements from Judaism, stressing it as an evolving and changing

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George Douglas-Hamilton, 10th ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Politician Group Captain George "Geordie" Nigel Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Selkirk KT, GCMG, GBE, AFC, AE, PC, QC, was a Scottish nobleman and Conservative politician.

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Hans Meerwein is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Chemist Hans Meerwein was a German chemist. Several reactions and reagents bare his name, most notably the Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reduction, the Wagner-Meerwein rearrangement, the Meerwein arylation ...more

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Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Mathematician Johann Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet was a German mathematician who made deep contributions to number theory, and to the theory of Fourier series and other topics in mathematical analysis; he ...more

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Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Composer Karlheinz Stockhausen was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic ...more

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Luigi Pirandello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Bonn Alumni
Librettist, Novelist, Screenwriter Luigi Pirandello was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and ...more