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

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

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Helmut Schmidt and Cornelia Funke.

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

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Ole von Beust is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician Carl-Friedrich Arp Ole Freiherr von Beust, generally called Ole von Beust, is a German politician who was First Mayor of Hamburg from 31 October 2001 to 25 August 2010, serving as President of ...more

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Leo Strauss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Professor, Political scientist, Scientist Leo Strauss was a German-American political philosopher and classicist who specialized in classical political philosophy. He was born in Germany to Jewish parents and later emigrated from ...more

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Shiing-Shen Chern is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Mathematician, Scientist Shiing-Shen Chern was a Chinese-born American mathematician. He was regarded as one of the leaders in differential geometry of the twentieth century.

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Ralf Dahrendorf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician, Political scientist Ralph Gustav Dahrendorf, Baron Dahrendorf, KBE, FBA, PhD was a German-British sociologist, philosopher, political scientist and liberal politician. A class conflict theorist, Dahrendorf was a ...more

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Hans Adolf Krebs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Chemist, Scientist Sir Hans Adolf Krebs was a German-born British physician and biochemist. He was the pioneer scientist in study of cellular respiration, a biochemical pathway in cells for production of energy. ...more

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Sonja Schrepfer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Sonja Schrepfer Professor Sonja Schrepfer is Heisenberg Professor (W3) for Transplant Immunology and Stem Cell Immunobiology, Cardiac Surgery at the Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf and Consulting Professor at ...more

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Roland Burris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Roland Wallace Burris is a former United States Senator from the state of Illinois and a member of the Democratic Party. In 1978, Burris was the first African-American elected to statewide ...more

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Peter Sloterdijk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Peter Sloterdijk Author, Presenter, Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk is a German philosopher, cultural theorist, television host and columnist. He is a professor of philosophy and media theory at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe. He ...more

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Claude Chevalley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Mathematician Claude Chevalley was a French mathematician who made important contributions to number theory, algebraic geometry, class field theory, finite group theory, and the theory of algebraic groups. He ...more

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Georg C. F. Greve is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Programmer Georg C. F. Greve is a self-taught software developer, academically trained physicist and author. He has been working on technology politics since 2001 when he founded the Free Software ...more

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Ortwin Runde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician Ortwin Runde is a German politician from the Social Democratic party. He was the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City Hamburg from 1997 to 2001.

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J. Hans D. Jensen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Physicist Johannes Hans Daniel Jensen was a German nuclear physicist. During World War II, he worked on the German nuclear energy project, known as the Uranium Club, in which he made contributions to the ...more

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Kurt Reidemeister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Mathematician Kurt Werner Friedrich Reidemeister was a mathematician born in Braunschweig, Germany.

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Helmut Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician, Pianist, Economist Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Prior to becoming Chancellor, he had served as Minister of ...more

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Richard Sorge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Journalist Richard Sorge was a Soviet military intelligence officer, active before and during the Second World War, working under cover of being a German journalist in both Nazi Germany and the Empire of ...more

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Wolfgang Schäuble is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Wolfgang Schäuble is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union who has served as Germany's Federal Minister of Finance in the second and third Merkel cabinets since 2009. From ...more

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Gerhard Casper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Gerhard Casper was the ninth president of Stanford University from 1992 to 2000. He is currently a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, and has ...more

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Editor, Poet, Author Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a German author, poet, translator and editor. He has also written under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr.

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Peter Struck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Peter Struck was the German Minister of Defence under chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 22 October 2002 until 2005. A lawyer, Struck was a member of the Social Democratic Party.

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Olaf Scholz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Olaf Scholz is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and Mayor of Hamburg since 7 March 2011.

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Jürgen Ehlers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Jürgen Ehlers Physicist Jürgen Ehlers was a German physicist who contributed to the understanding of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. From graduate and postgraduate work in Pascual Jordan's ...more

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Emanuel Sperner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Emanuel Sperner Mathematician Emanuel Sperner was a German mathematician, best known for two theorems. He was born in Waltdorf, and died in Sulzburg-Laufen, West Germany. He was a student at Hamburg University where his ...more

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Ernst Ising is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Physicist Ernst Ising was a German physicist, who is best remembered for the development of the Ising model. He was a professor of physics at Bradley University until his retirement in 1976.

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Bastian Sick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Journalist, Writer Bastian Sick is a German journalist and author.

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Max August Zorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Mathematician Max August Zorn was a German mathematician. He was an algebraist, group theorist, and numerical analyst. He is best known for Zorn's lemma, a powerful tool in set theory that is applicable to a ...more

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Dorothee Stapelfeldt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Dorothee Stapelfeldt Politician Dorothee Stapelfeldt is a German politician, representative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany and member of the Hamburg Parliament. Stapelfeldt was born in 1956 in Hamburg. She took her ...more

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Jože Pučnik is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Jože Pučnik Politician, Philosopher Jože Pučnik was a Slovenian public intellectual, sociologist and politician. During the Communist regime of Josip Broz Tito, Pučnik was one of the most outspoken Slovenian critics of ...more

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Gnana Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Gnana Robinson is an Old Testament Bible scholar.

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Henning Scherf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Henning Scherf is a German lawyer and politician. He was the Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and President of the Senate of Bremen from 4 July 1995 to 8 November 2005. After studying ...more

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Jens Böhrnsen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Politician Jens Böhrnsen is a German politician of the SPD. Since 2005, he has served as the President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, that is, the head of government of ...more

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Siegfried Lenz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter Siegfried Lenz was a German writer of novels, short stories and essays, as well as dramas for radio and the theatre. In 2000 he received the Goethe Prize on the 250th Anniversary of Johann ...more

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Hartwig Langer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Hartwig Langer

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Erivan Haub is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Erivan Haub Businessperson Erivan K. Haub is the former manager and partial owner of Tengelmann Group, one of Germany's largest retailers.

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Axel T. Brunger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Physicist, Professor Axel T. Brunger is a German American biophysicist. He is Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, and Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University, and a Howard Hughes ...more

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Henning Voscherau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Henning Voscherau Politician Henning Voscherau is a German notary and Social Democratic politician. He was the First Mayor of his home city from 1988 to 1997, serving as President of the Bundesrat in 1990 – 91.

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Richard J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Historian, Professor Sir Richard John Evans, FBA, FRSL, FRHistS is a British academic and historian, best known for his research on the history of Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the Third ...more

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Hans-Egon Richert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Hans-Egon Richert Mathematician Hans-Egon Richert was a German mathematician who worked primarily in analytic number theory. He is the author of a definitive book on sieve theory.

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Matthias Küntzel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Matthias Küntzel Political scientist, Author Matthias Küntzel, is a German author and a political scientist. He is a research associate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations DGAP, ...more

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Ruediger Lentz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Ruediger Lentz Journalist Ruediger Lentz is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany based in Berlin.

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Mojib Latif is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Mojib Latif Professor Professor. Dr. Mojib Latif is German meteorologist and oceanographer of Pakistani descent. Latif graduated with a Diplom in meteorology in 1983. He took a position as scientist at the Max Planck ...more

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Vassilios Skouris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Vassilios Skouris is a Greek judge who has been President of the European Court of Justice since 2003. A European legal scholar, he served briefly in the government of Greece as Minister of the ...more

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Yoko Tawada is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Writer Yōko Tawada is a Japanese writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. She writes in both Japanese and German. Tawada was born in Tokyo, received her undergraduate education at Waseda University ...more

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Luis Santaló is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Mathematician, Scientist Luís Antoni Santaló Sors was a Spanish mathematician. He graduated from the University of Madrid and he studied at the University of Hamburg, where he received his Ph.D. in 1936. ...more

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Percy Ernst Schramm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Percy Ernst Schramm Percy Ernst Schramm was a German historian. Much of his work focused on medieval political symbolism and ritual, particularly the ideology of the medieval state, including the ways in which the ...more

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Harald Bode is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Harald Bode Engineer Harald Bode was a German engineer and pioneer in the development of electronic music instruments.

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Angela Sommer-Bodenburg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Novelist, Writer Angela Sommer-Bodenburg is the author of a number of fantasy books for children. Her most famous contribution to the field of children's fantasy is "The Little Vampire" series which ...more

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Wolfgang Drobetz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Wolfgang Drobetz Economist Wolfgang Drobetz is an economist at the University of Hamburg. He is known for his work in Corporate Finance and Asset Management. He also is in the editor board of the Journal Financial Markets ...more

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Rüdiger Grube is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Rüdiger Grube Businessperson Rüdiger Grube is the current vice president of Hyundai Motor Company, the current chairman of the board of Deutsche Bahn and was the Chairman of EADS between April 2007 and April 2009.

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Kurt Benirschke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Kurt Benirschke Physician Kurt Benirschke is a German-born American pathologist, geneticist and expert on the placenta and reproduction in humans and myriad mammalian species. Benirschke was born and raised in ...more

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Walter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Hamburg Alumni
Walter Gordon Physicist Walter Gordon was a German theoretical physicist.