Famous people from Berlin


Castle of Boredom.

Born in Berlin as Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt, he remains renowned as a Prussian scientist and explorer. He was a younger brother to Wilhelm von Humboldt; the diplomat, philosopher and founder of Humboldt University in Berlin. Alexander was more focused on the natural sciences, having great impact in the field of biogeography. He firstly studied finance for six months at the University of Frankfurt (Oder), and graduating from the University of Göttingen.
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Schopenhauer was born in Gdansk, the Polish province of Royal Prussia at that time. His mother Johanna was a writer, his father Heinrich Floris – a wealthy middle-class merchant. The family moved to Hamburg in 1793. Arthur's father died in 1805, and his mother moved to Weimar. Later, Schopenhauer studied metaphysics and psychology at the University of Göttingen. He concentrated on the works of Plato and Kant. He received a PhD from the University of Jena.
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Perhaps the most influential dramatist of the 20th Century, Bertolt Eugen Friedrich Brecht is frequently associated with The Threepenny Opera, for which music was written by the composer Kurt Weill. Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, he initially studied medicine in Munich, where, during World War I, he worked in a hospital as an orderly. At the age of 20, Brecht wrote Baal, his first full-length play. As the war ended, he went to study in Berlin, where he was influenced by a theatre critic,
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Berlin will not be a city of artists for long in any case.

This Norwegian painter and printmaker is considered to be his country's most gifted artist. The painter's profound treatment of emotional themes significantly influenced development of German Expressionism in the early 20th Century. Munch's obsession with humanity’s' dark side, which is reflected in his artwork, has its roots in his traumatic childhood experiences (the death of his mother and sister). His painting 'The Cry or The Scream' (1893) is often described as an image of existential torment and one of the world's greatest works of art.
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The first step out of Berlin is the first step towards happiness.

This German composer of early Romanticism was born in Hamburg as a son of a wealthy banker, and a grandson to Moses Mendelssohn, a philosopher of Jewish origin. His family moved to Berlin in 1812. Felix received piano lessons from an early age, and he was only ten when he gave his first public performance. It wasn't until much later that he began to compose,
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I love Germany, and therefore want it to live – to hell with all 'objective' justification of this will in terms of culture, ethics, history, or God knows what else.

Simmel was a representative of the first generation of German sociologists. Even today he remains famous as the author of 'The Philosophy of Money', 'The Metropolis and Mental Life' and 'The Stranger'. Although born in Berlin to a large Jewish family, he was raised,a Catholic.
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Born in Stuttgard, Baden-Württemberg, Hegel became a quite significant philosopher of the 19th Century, a representative of German idealism. Passionate about reading from early childhood, he first studied theology at Tübinger Stift. There, together with his friends, including Friedrich Schelling and the poet Friedrich Hölderlin, Hegel became known as a critic of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. In 1801, he became a privatdozent at the University of Jena, which was closed down by Napoleon in 1806.
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Known not only for her beauty but also her literary talent, she was born Henriette De Lemos to a prominent Jewish family of physicians. Raised in Berlin, Henriette received an especially solid education in foreign languages. At the age of only fifteen, she married a much older doctor named Marcus Herz. As her husband received distinguished guests from the world of politics and culture, she gathered her friends in the next room, where Goethe's works were read and discussed.
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Jacob Ludwig Carl was the elder of the famous Brothers Grimm. He was born at Hanau, Hesse-Kassel. In 1802, he enrolled at the University of Marburg to study law. In 1808, he had the honour of becoming a librarian in the service of Jerome Bonaparte, the king of Westphalia, and in 1813, he was appointed secretary to the Elector of the Kingdom of Hesse, which gave him an opportunity to attend the Congress of Vienna 1814–1815.
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When I am home in Berlin, I train four hours a day.

Born in Staaken (former East Germany, today a part of Berlin), she is a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist in figure skating and the champion of many European and world competitions. She attended a special sports school for talented children. From 1970 she trained under Jutta Müller. Witt's first victory came during the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, when, after strong competition with Rosalynn Sumners,
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Weill was an early 20th Century composer whose music is still often performed in classical, jazz and popular contexts. Born in Dessau to a Jewish family as the third of four children, he took music lessons from the age of 9, and his first surviving compositions were penned in 1913. Between 1915 and 1917, he studied piano and music theory under Albert Bing, and afterwards he enrolled in the Berlin Hochschule fuer Musik. The musician himself regarded 'Orphans Lieder' (1916) as a starting point in his composing career.
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In the city of Berlin over the last decade more than 40 percent of consumptives have died in hospitals.

This German physician is especially renowned for introducing improvements in vaccination and the treatment of disease. He isolated bacillus anthracis (1877), the tuberculosis bacillus (1882) and the cholera vibrio (1883). Born in Clausthal, in 1862 he went to study philology and medicine at the University of Göttingen. Then, Koch served in the Franco-Prussian War,
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Mommsen is regarded as one of the great classicist of the 19th Century; an author of superb history books, including 'History of Rome'. He was also a jurist, politician and archaeologist. Born in Garding in Schleswig, he learned Greek and Latin, and in 1837 he received his diploma from a gymnasium in Altona. Then, he enrolled at the University of Kiel to study jurisprudence. As he received a Danish grant, Mommsen could travel to France and Italy,
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Wilhelm Carl Grimm was born in Hanau in 1786, and followed his brother's Jacob's steps to the University of Marburg, where, from 1803, he studied law. In 1825 he married Henriette Dorothea Wild. After moving to the town of Göttingen in 1929, he became a junior librarian, and in 1837, he joined Wilhelm and five other university professors, known altogether as The Göttingen Seven, in the protest against the King of Hanover. Banned from the kingdom,
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Something which affects me personally more directly than anything else is the establishment of a new university here in Berlin.

His name has been immortalised in Humboldt University that he founded in 1810 in Berlin. The elder brother of the geographer and explorer Alexander, Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Carl Ferdinand Freiherr von Humbold was well-known as a philosopher, a linguist and for having served as the Prussian minister of education. He was friends with Goethe and Schiller.
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A native of Berlin, Wolfgang Behrent is a former talented amateur boxer, who won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne in the bantamweight class. This victory made him the first champion of the German Democratic Republic, and earned him second place in the 'GDR male athlete of the year' ranking, right after Täve Schur. Unfortunately, an injury disabled him from qualifying for the Olympic Games in 1960. He attempted a comeback for the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympic Games;
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