List of German inventors and discoverers

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This is a list of German inventors and discoverers. The following list comprises people from Germany or German-speaking Europe, and also people of predominantly German heritage, in alphabetical order of the surname.

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Martin Behaims Globe 1493
Ludwig Bölkow, instrumental in the development of the Me 262.


Carl von Clausewitz, father of modern military theory.


Gottlieb Daimler, co-founder of Mercedes-Benz


Albert Einstein in 1921, the year he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics



Fagus Factory, designed by Walter Gropius and Adolf Mayer
Johannes Gutenberg in a 16th-century copper engraving


Otto Hahn, the first man to split the atomic nucleus




Monument to Robert Koch on his name square in Berlin.


Me 163 Replica designed by Alexander Lippisch.



Walther Nernst, Nobel laureate




Paul Reuter aged 53 years (1869) by artist Rudolf Lehmann


Hand mit Ringen: print of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen's first "medical" x-ray, of his wife's hand, taken on 22 December 1895 and presented to Professor Ludwig Zehnder of the Physik Institut, University of Freiburg, on 1 January 1896
Borosilicate glass as used in chemical labs - Type 3.3 according to (DIN ISO 3585)





Wankel engine, type DKM54 (1957)


Konrad Zuse's Z1; replica in the German Museum of Technology in Berlin


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  1. Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger (1770-1829), known as the "Flying Tailor of Ulm", started with flight experiments in Ulm, Germany, in the early 19th century. He gained experience in downhill gliding with a maneuverable airworthy semi-rigid hang-glider and then attempted to cross the Danube River at Ulm's Eagle's Bastion on 31 May 1811. The tricky local winds caused him to crash and he was rescued by fishermen, making him the first survivor of a water immersion accident of a heavier-than-air manned "flight machine". Though he failed in his attempt to be the first man to fly, Berblinger can be regarded as one of the significant aviation pioneers who applied the "heavier than air" principle and paved the way for the more effective glide-flights of Otto Lilienthal (1891) and the Wright Brothers (1902). Less known are Berblinger's significant contributions to the construction of artificial limbs for medical use, as well as the spring-application in aviation. His invention of a special mechanical joint was also used for the juncture of the wings of his "flying machine". Because of his worthwhile contributions to medicine and flight, in 1993 the German Academy of Aviation Medicine named an annual award for young scientists in the field of aerospace medicine in his honor.


  1. Improvements in the Composition and Manufacture of Sausage Meat and the like; Patent
  2. Patent; page 2
  3. John M. Barry, The Great Influenza; The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History (New York: Penguin Books, 2005) 70.
  4. "Blattnerphone",, retrieved 07 February 2014
  5. Renouf, Edward (1901-02-15). "Noble gases". Science. 13 (320): 268–270. Bibcode:1901Sci....13..268R. doi:10.1126/science.13.320.268.
  6. Goebel's patent 47.632 „Hemmer for Sewing Machines"
  7. Goebel's patent 252658 „Vacuum Pump"
  8. Goebel's patent 266358 „Electric Incandescent Lamp"
  9. Christian Friedrich Schönbein (18 October 1799 - 29 August 1868)
  10. History of coin pressing
  11. Boyne, Walter J. (1980). Messerschmitt Me 262 : arrow to the future. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-87474-276-3.

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