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Famous Swiss People

This document lists some (world) famous Swiss people. It is certainly not complete - simply because of the fact that not everybody considers the same people famous.
Ursula Andress
Ursula ANDRESS
René Baumann alias DJ Bobo
René BAUMANN
Johann Bernoulli
Johann BERNOULLI
Daniel Bernoulli
Daniel BERNOULLI
  • Actress, first "Bond girl"
  • Born March 19, 1936
  • Musician and performer
  • Known as "DJ Bobo"
  • Born Januar 5, 1968
  • Mathematician
  • Father of Daniel Bernoulli
  • 1667-1748
  • Mathematician
  • 1700-1782
  • Found what became Bernoulli's equation

Ernesto  Bertarelli
Ernesto BERTARELLI
Denise Biellmann
Denise BIELLMANN
Mario Botta
Mario BOTTA
Le  Corbusier
Known as Le Corbusier
  • Team Alinghi - lead by the Ernesto Bertarelli - won the 31st America's Cup and made history by bringing this Cup to Europe for the first time in 152 years.
  • Born September 22, 1965
  • World champion figure skater
  • Born December 11, 1962
  • Worldwide recognized architect
  • Born April 1, 1943
  • Actual name Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris
  • Universal artist (architect, designer, painter, writer)
  • October 6, 1887 - August 27, 1965

Henri Dunant
Henri DUNANT
Alfred Escher
Alfred ESCHER
Leonhard Euler
Leonhard EULER
Roger Federer
Roger FEDERER
  • Humanist; co-founder of the committee of the red cross in Geneva (now International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC)
  • Awarded with Nobel Peace Prize in 1901
  • 1828-1910
  • Politician
  • 1819-1882
  • Mathematician
  • The number e = 2.71828183... ("eulerian number", base of the natural logarithm) is named in his honor
  • 1707-1783
  • World champion tennis player
  • Born August 8, 1981 in Basel

Max  Frisch
Max FRISCH
H.R.  Giger
H. R. GIGER
Heidi
"Heidi"
Martina Hingis
Martina HINGI
  • Author and architect
  • 1911-1991
  • Artist, illustrator, sculptor and surrealist; designer of the Oscar awarded creatures and sets for the movie Alien
  • Born February 5, 1940
  • Fictive person in Johanna Spyri's story "Heidi"
  • World champion tennis player
  • Born September 30, 1980 in Košice (Slovakia), moved to Switzerland when she was 7

Gottfried Keller
Gottfried KELLER
Claude Nicollier
Claude NICOLLIER
Simone Niggli-Luder
Simone NIGGLI-LUDER

  • Author
  • 1819-1890
  • First and only Swiss astronaut
  • Born September 2, 1944
  • Orienteering world champion
  • Born January 9, 1978


Auguste Piccard
Auguste PICCARD
Jacques Piccard
Jacques PICCARD
Bertrand Piccard
Bertrand PICCARD
Peter Sauber
Peter SAUBER
  • Scientist and explorer, made the first ascents into the stratosphere in 1931 and 1932, reaching heights of 15'781 meters and 16'201 meters
  • Father of Jacques Piccard
  • 1884-1962
  • Scientist and explorer, worked with his father Auguste to build what was to become the bathyscaphe Trieste. Holds the World Record for the deepest ever dive, 10'740 meters down to the bottom of the Marianas Trench.
  • Father of Bertrand Piccard
  • Born July 28, 1922 in Brussels (Belgium)
  • Scientist and explorer, first balloonists to circumnavigate the globe with a non-stop, non-refuelled flight
  • Born March 1, 1958 in Lausanne
  • Founder, former head and owner of the formula one (F1) racing team Sauber Petronas
  • Born October 13, 1943

Roger Schawinski
Roger SCHAWINSKI
Johanna Spyri
Johanna SPYRI
Wilhelm Tell
"Wilhelm Tell"
Jean Tinguely
Jean TINGUELY
  • Media pioneer; founder of Radio 24, the first private radio station in Switzerland
  • Born June 11, 1945
  • Author of "Heidi"
  • 1827-1901
  • Fictive person in Friedrich Schiller's play "Willhelm Tell"
  • Kinetic artist
  • 1925-1991

Nicholas von der Flue
Nicholas VON DER FLUE
Renée Zellweger
Renée ZELLWEGER
Huldrych Zwingli
Huldrych ZWINGLI

  • Diplomat, hermit and Catholic saint; honored for his wisdom, holiness and achievements to unify Switzerland and preventing a civil war
  • 1417-1487
  • Actress, appears for example in "Bridget Jones's Diary", "Chicago" and many other movies
  • Born April 25, 1969 in Texas, USA (her father is Swiss)
  • Reformer in Zürich
  • 1484-1531
  • on the web
  • Brief biography in english

 
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