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

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

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Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig 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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Rudolf Peierls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, CBE was a German-born British physicist. Rudolf Peierls had a major role in Britain's nuclear programme, but he also had a role in many modern sciences. His obituary in ...more

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Karl Liebknecht is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Politician Karl Liebknecht was a German socialist and a co-founder with Rosa Luxemburg of the Spartacist League and the Communist Party of Germany. He is best known for his opposition to World War I in the ...more

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Politician, Physicist, Scientist Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany and the head of the political party CDU in Germany. In addition to being the first female German Chanchellor, she is also considered by Forbes ...more

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Frederick Gardner Cottrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Chemist, Inventor Frederick Gardner Cottrell was an American Physical Chemist, Inventor and Philanthropist. He is best known for his invention of the electrostatic precipitator, one of the first inventions ...more

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Nicolae Iorga is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Politician Nicolae Iorga was a Romanian historian, politician, literary critic, memoirist, poet and playwright. Co-founder of the Democratic Nationalist Party, he served as a member of Parliament, ...more

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Virgil Madgearu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Political scientist, Economist, Writer Virgil Traian N. Madgearu was a Romanian economist, sociologist, and left-wing politician, prominent member and main theorist of the Peasants' Party and of its successor, the National Peasants' ...more

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Walther Funk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Journalist Walther Funk was an economist and prominent Nazi official who served as Reich Minister for Economic Affairs from 1938 to 1945 and was tried and convicted as a major war criminal by the ...more

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Alice Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Toxicologist Alice Hamilton was the first woman appointed to the faculty of Harvard University and was a leading expert in the field of occupational health. She was a pioneer in the field of toxicology, ...more

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Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who, although he claimed he did not care for the title, is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb". He ...more

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Poet, Diplomat, Novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more

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Felix Bloch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Felix Bloch was a Swiss physicist, working mainly in the U.S.

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Samuel Hahnemann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Homeopath, Physician Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was a German physician, best known for creating a system of alternative medicine called homeopathy.

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Katja Kassin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Pornographic actor Katja Kassin is the stage name of a hardcore pornographic actress.

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Pianist, Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. His second name was given in honor ...more

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Klaus Fuchs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs was a German-born British theoretical physicist and atomic spy who in 1950 was convicted of supplying information from the American, British, and Canadian Manhattan ...more

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Librarian, Dramaturge, Art critic Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and ...more

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Hermann Abert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Musicologist Hermann Abert was a German historian of music.

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August Ferdinand Möbius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius was a German mathematician and theoretical astronomer. He is best known for his discovery of the Möbius strip, a non-orientable two-dimensional surface with ...more

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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Librarian, Mathematician, Physicist Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German polymath and philosopher. He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz ...more

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Constantin Rădulescu-Motru is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Sociologist, Political scientist, Psychologist Constantin Rădulescu-Motru was a Romanian philosopher, psychologist, sociologist, logician, academic, dramatist, as well as centre-left nationalist politician with a noted anti-fascist ...more

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John Warren Davis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer John Warren Davis was a New Jersey politician and federal judge.

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Joseph I. France is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Politician Joseph Irwin France was a Republican member of the United States Senate, representing the State of Maryland from 1917–1923.

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Friedrich Hund is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Physicist Friedrich Hermann Hund was a German physicist from Karlsruhe known for his work on atoms and molecules. Hund worked at the Universities of Rostock, Leipzig, Jena, Frankfurt am Main, and ...more

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Regiomontanus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Mathematician, Astrologer, Astronomer Johannes Müller von Königsberg, today best known by the Latin epithet Regiomontanus, was a German mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, translator, instrument maker and Catholic ...more

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Gustav Fechner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Psychologist, Statistician Gustav Theodor Fechner, was a German philosopher, physicist and experimental psychologist. An early pioneer in experimental psychology and founder of psychophysics, he inspired many 20th century ...more

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Dimitrie Gusti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Writer, Philosopher Dimitrie Gusti was a Romanian sociologist, ethnologist, historian, and voluntarist philosopher; a professor at the University of Iaşi and the University of Bucharest, he served as Romania's ...more

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Felix Hoppe-Seyler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Chemist Ernst Felix Immanuel Hoppe-Seyler, né Felix Hoppe, was a German physiologist and chemist, and the principal founder of the disciplines of biochemistry, physiological chemistry and ...more

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Ferdinand Tönnies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig 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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Arthur Amos Noyes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Chemist Arthur Amos Noyes was a U.S. chemist and educator. He served as the acting president of MIT between 1907 and 1909. He received a PhD. in 1890 at Leipzig under the guidance of Wilhelm Ostwald. ...more

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Lin Yutang is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Novelist, Writer, Philosopher Lin Yutang was a Chinese writer, translator, linguist and inventor. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, ...more

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Thomas Barclay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Missionary Thomas Barclay was a British missionary to Formosa from 1875 until his death. His ministry in South Taiwan has been compared to the work done in North Taiwan by George Leslie Mackay. He founded ...more

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Max Volmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Chemist Max Volmer was a German physical chemist, who made important contributions in electrochemistry, in particular on electrode kinetics. He co-developed the Butler–Volmer equation. Volmer held the ...more

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Augustus Quirinus Rivinus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Physician, Botanist Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, also known as August Bachmann or A. Q. Bachmann, was a German physician and botanist who helped to develop better ways of classifying plants.

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Émil Goeldi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Scientist Émil August Goeldi, was a Swiss-Brazilian naturalist and zoologist. He was the father of Oswaldo Goeldi, a noted Brazilian engraver and illustrator.

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Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Scientist, Botanist Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, German naturalist, zoologist, comparative anatomist, geologist, and microscopist, was one of the most famous and productive scientists of his time.

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Johann Christoph Brotze is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Ethnographer Johann Christoph Brotze was a German pedagogue, artist and ethnographer.

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Otto Jahn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Otto Jahn, was a German archaeologist, philologist, and writer on art and music.

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Jan Baudouin de Courtenay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Jan Niecisław Ignacy Baudouin de Courtenay was a Polish linguist and Slavist, best known for his theory of the phoneme and phonetic alternations. For most of his life Baudouin de Courtenay ...more

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Bernard Katz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Scientist Sir Bernard Katz, FRS was a German-born biophysicist, noted for his work on nerve biochemistry. He shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1970 with Julius Axelrod and Ulf von Euler. ...more

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Ludwig Friedländer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Ludwig Henrich Friedlaender was a German philologist. He was one of the preeminent scholars of Ancient Rome of his time and is known for his research on Roman daily life and customs. He was a ...more

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Alfred Philippson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Geologist Alfred Philippson was a German geologist and geographer. He was born at Bonn, son of Ludwig Philippson. He received his education at the gymnasium and university of his native town and at the ...more

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Friedrich Robert Helmert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Statistician Friedrich Robert Helmert was a German geodesist and an important writer on the theory of errors.

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Felix Hausdorff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Mathematician Felix Hausdorff was a German mathematician who is considered to be one of the founders of modern topology and who contributed significantly to set theory, descriptive set theory, measure theory, ...more

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Gustav Radbruch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Gustav Radbruch was a German legal scholar and politician. He served as Minister of Justice of Germany during the early Weimar period. Radbruch is also regarded as one of the most influential ...more

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Gustav Zeuner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Physicist, Mechanical engineer, Engineer Gustav Anton Zeuner was a German physicist, engineer and epistemologist, considered the founder of technical thermodynamics and of the Dresden School of Thermodynamics.

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Edmund Husserl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Philosopher Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl was a German philosopher who established the school of phenomenology. He broke with the positivist orientation of the science and philosophy of his day. He ...more

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Sydney Skaife is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Sydney Skaife Sydney Harold Skaife D.Sc FRSSAf. was an eminent South African entomologist and naturalist. His career and educational publications covered a wide field. Especially in his later years his main ...more

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Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Politician, Political scientist, Economist Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu was a Romanian communist politician and leading member of the Communist Party of Romania, also noted for his activities as a lawyer, sociologist and economist. For a while, ...more

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Hermann Lotze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Leipzig Alumni
Hermann Lotze Philosopher Rudolf Hermann Lotze was a German philosopher and logician. He also had a medical degree and was unusually well versed in biology. He argued that if the physical world is governed by mechanical ...more