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

List of famous alumni from University of Cologne, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Cologne include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Cologne alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Cologne 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 Cologne.

This is a list that features graduates like Uwe Boll and Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa.

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

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Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa Alchemist, Soldier, Physician Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim was a German magician, occult writer, theologian, astrologer, and alchemist.

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Uwe Boll is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Uwe Boll Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author Uwe Boll is a German director, producer and screenwriter based in Canada, whose work includes several films adapted from video games. He finances his own films through his Boll KG and Event Film ...more

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Ulrich Walter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Ulrich Walter Physicist, Astronaut Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hans Walter is a German physicist/engineer and a former DFVLR astronaut. Walter was born in Iserlohn. After finishing secondary school there and two years in the Bundeswehr, he ...more

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Brother Theodore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Brother Theodore Brother Theodore, born Theodore Gottlieb, was a German-American monologuist and comedian known for rambling, stream-of-consciousness dialogues which he called "stand-up tragedy". He ...more

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Konrad Boehmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Konrad Boehmer Konrad Boehmer was a German-Dutch composer, educator, and writer. Boehmer was born in Berlin. A self-declared member of the Darmstadt School, he studied composition in Cologne with Karlheinz ...more

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Valdeir Vieira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Valdeir Vieira Manager Valdeir "Badú" Vieira is a Brazilian football manager.

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Ernst Nolte is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Ernst Nolte Philosopher Ernst Nolte is a German historian and philosopher. Nolte’s major interest is the comparative studies of fascism and communism. Originally trained in philosophy, he is Professor Emeritus of ...more

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Heinrich Böll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Heinrich Böll Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Heinrich Theodor Böll was one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers. Böll was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.

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Karolos Papoulias is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Karolos Papoulias Politician, Jurist Karolos Papoulias was the President of Greece from 2005 to 2015. He was previously the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1996.

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Hans Tietmeyer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Hans Tietmeyer Economist Hans Tietmeyer is a German economist and regarded as one of the foremost experts on international financial matters. He was president of Deutsche Bundesbank from 1993 until 1999 and remains one ...more

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Heinrich Freiherr von Stackelb... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Heinrich Freiherr von Stackelberg Economist Heinrich Freiherr von Stackelberg was a German economist who contributed to game theory and industrial organization and is known for the Stackelberg leadership model.

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Werner Meyer-Eppler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Werner Meyer-Eppler Physicist Werner Meyer-Eppler, was a Belgian-born German physicist, experimental acoustician, phoneticist and information theorist. Meyer-Eppler was born in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, physics, and ...more

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Gerhard Kramm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni

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Hans Georg Bock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Hans Georg Bock Mathematician Hans Georg Bock is a German university professor for mathematics and scientific computing. He is managing director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing of the University of ...more

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Jürgen Rüttgers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Jürgen Rüttgers Politician Jürgen Rüttgers is a German politician who was Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2005 to 2010. He is widely known for his views on immigration and the much-discussed ...more

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Hermann-Josef Lamberti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Hermann-Josef Lamberti Businessperson Hermann-Josef Lamberti is a German banker and was Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank until May 2012. Lamberti holds a Diplom degree in business administration from the University of ...more

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Otto Graf Lambsdorff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Otto Graf Lambsdorff Politician Otto Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von der Wenge Graf Lambsdorff, known as Otto Graf Lambsdorff, was a German politician of the Free Democratic Party.

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Carmen Nicole Moelders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Carmen Nicole Moelders Carmen Nicole Moelders is an American atmospheric scientist. Her work is mainly focused on hydrometeorology, mesoscale meteorology, cloud physics, land-atmosphere interaction, air pollution and ...more

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Otto Piene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Otto Piene Artist Otto Piene was a German artist. He lived and worked in Düsseldorf and Groton, Massachusetts.

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Georg Uecker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Georg Uecker Actor Georg Uecker is a German actor. Uecker studied theatre and film, Scandinavian studies and Romance studies at the University of Cologne. Uecker played the character of Dr. Carsten Flöter on ...more

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Werner Geissler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Werner Geissler Werner Geissler is a German businessman.

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Ruth Gruber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Ruth Gruber Journalist, Writer, Photographer Ruth Gruber is an American journalist, photographer, writer, humanitarian and a former United States government official.

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Andreas Karlstadt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Andreas Karlstadt Andreas Rudolph Bodenstein von Karlstadt, better known as Andreas Karlstadt or Andreas Carlstadt or Karolostadt, was a German Christian theologian during the Protestant Reformation. He was born ...more

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Konrad Heresbach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Konrad Heresbach Konrad Heresbach was a Rhenish Reformer, Calvinist, humanist and educator.

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Martin Broszat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Martin Broszat Historian, Professor Martin Broszat was a German historian specializing in modern German social history whose work has been described by The Encyclopedia of Historians as indispensable for any serious study of the ...more

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Günter Verheugen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Günter Verheugen Politician Günter Verheugen is a German politician who served as European Commissioner for Enlargement from 1999 to 2004 and then as European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry from 2004 to ...more

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Hans-Ulrich Wehler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Hans-Ulrich Wehler Hans-Ulrich Wehler was a German historian known for his role in promoting social history through the "Bielefeld School", and for his critical studies of 19th century Germany.

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Manuel Andrack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Manuel Andrack Television producer, Actor Manuel Andrack is a German journalist, television show editor, television host and author. He is most well known for his role as the "sidekick" of the popular Harald Schmidt Show.

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Heinrich Bullinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Heinrich Bullinger Heinrich Bullinger was a Swiss reformer, the successor of Huldrych Zwingli as head of the Zurich church and pastor at Grossmünster. A much less controversial figure than John Calvin or ...more

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Peter Canisius is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Peter Canisius Physician Peter Canisius, S.J. was an important Jesuit Catholic priest who supported the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, Moravia, and Switzerland. The ...more

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Florian Lahnstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Florian Lahnstein Businessperson, Investor Florian Lahnstein was born in Düsseldorf, he is CEO and Founding Partner of RiverRock European Capital Partners LLP, a merchant bank which he co-founded with Prof. Roland Berger. Michel ...more

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Gerhart Baum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Gerhart Baum Lawyer Gerhart Rudolf Baum is a German politician of the Free Democratic Party and a lawyer.

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Linda Stahl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Linda Stahl Track and field athlete Linda Stahl is a German javelin thrower. Her personal best throw is 66.81 metres, achieved on 29 July 2010 at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, where she won gold. ...more

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Wolfgang Mommsen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Wolfgang Mommsen Wolfgang Justin Mommsen was a German historian. He was the twin brother of Hans Mommsen.

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Jürgen Gauß is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Jürgen Gauß Chemist Jürgen Gauß is a German theoretical chemist. He was born on 13 August 1960 in Konstanz. He studied chemistry at the University of Cologne from 1979 till 1984. After finishing his PhD ...more

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Rolf Michel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Rolf Michel Physicist Rolf Michel is a German physicist. He studied physics at the University of Cologne and became in 1984 Professor for Radiation Protection at the Leibniz-University Hanover. From 1999 till 2006 he ...more

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Jürgen Schmude is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Jürgen Schmude Politician, Jurist Jürgen Dieter Paul Schmude is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. He was born in Insterburg, East Prussia, Germany,. Schmude was a member of the German ...more

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Richard David Precht is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Richard David Precht Writer Richard David Precht is a German author of successful popular science books about philosophical issues.

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Ronald Pofalla is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Ronald Pofalla Politician, Lawyer Ronald Pofalla is a German politician. He was the Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and a Federal Minister for Special Affairs from 2009 to 2013 as part of the Second Merkel Cabinet. From ...more

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Bert Rürup is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Bert Rürup Hans-Adalbert Rürup is a German economist and former chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts. He was formerly a professor of economics at the Darmstadt University of Technology. ...more

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Wolfgang Bosbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Wolfgang Bosbach Politician, Lawyer Wolfgang Bosbach is a German politician and member of the conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, which he joined in 1972. A lawyer by profession, Bosbach is a partner at Winter, ...more

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Michael Ohoven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Michael Ohoven Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer Michael Ohoven is a German film producer and the founder and CEO of Infinity Media. He is the son of German Investment Banker Mario Ohoven and UNESCO Ambassador Ute-Henriette Ohoven. He is ...more

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Berchtold Haller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Berchtold Haller Berchtold Haller was a German Protestant reformer. He was the reformer of the city of Bern, Switzerland. Haller was born at Aldingen in Württemberg. After schooling in Pforzheim, where he ...more

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Werner Hoyer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Werner Hoyer Werner Hoyer is a German politician of the liberal Free Democratic Party of Germany, currently serving as the President of the European Investment Bank.

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Rainer Barzel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Rainer Barzel Politician, Lawyer Rainer Candidus Barzel was a German politician of the CDU. Born in Braunsberg, East Prussia, Barzel served as Chairman of the CDU from 1971 and 1973 and ran as the CDU's candidate for Chancellor ...more

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Hermann Joseph Klein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Hermann Joseph Klein Educator, Meteorologist, Author Hermann Joseph Klein was a German astronomer, author and professor. Born in Cologne, Germany on September 14, 1844, he attained his doctorate from the University of Cologne in 1874, and taught ...more

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Jörg Zander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Jörg Zander Designer Jörg Zander is a German Formula One car chief designer. Zander graduated from Cologne University in 1990 before joining Toyota. After a brief period working in Touring Cars he returned to ...more

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Julian Barbour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Julian Barbour Physicist Julian Barbour is a British physicist with research interests in quantum gravity and the history of science. Since receiving his Ph.D. degree on the foundations of Einstein's general theory of ...more

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Dorothee Sölle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Dorothee Sölle Dorothee Steffensky-Sölle was a German liberation theologian and writer who coined the term Christofascism. She was born in Cologne and died at a congress in Göppingen.

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Pierre Colas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Cologne Alumni
Pierre Colas Professor Pierre Robert Colas was a German anthropologist, archaeologist and epigrapher. As a Mayanist scholar who investigated the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of ancient Mesoamerica, Colas was well ...more