List of people related to Mainz

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This is a list of notable people who were born in or associated with Mainz.

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

(chronological list)

  • around 780, Rabanus Maurus, † 856, a Benedictine monk, and archbishop of Mainz. He was the author of the encyclopaedia On the Nature of Things.
  • (c. 960 -1040? or 1028?) Gershom ben Judah, also commonly known by the longer title "Rabbeinu Gershom Me'Or Hagolah" ("Our teacher Gershom the light of the exile"), a famous Talmudist and Halakhist.
  • around 1397, Johannes Gutenberg (also Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden), † February 3, 1468 in Mainz, a goldsmith and inventor. He achieved fame for his invention of the technology of printing with movable types during 1447.
  •  ? Johann Fust († 1466 in Paris), an early German printer, assistant and investor of Gutenberg. Together with Peter Schöffer he founded a printshop.
  • 1488, Otto Brunfels, a German theologian and botanist. Carl von Linné listed him among the "Fathers of Botany".
  • 1674, Friedrich Carl von Schönborn († 1746), bishop of Bamberg and Würzburg (1729–46).
  • 1716, Count Johann Franz Raymond Kasimir Anton Joseph Peter (May 19, 1716- † October 3, 1775), Knight of Teutonic Order, Privy Councilor, General Feld Zeug Meister, and "Governor of Mainz".
  • 1739, Philipp Franz Wilderich Nepomuk Graf von Waldersdorf, † 21. April 1810 in Bruchsal, Fürstbishop of Speyer 1797-1810.
  • 1745, Ludwig Fischer, † July 19, 1825 in Berlin, opera singer.
  • 1749, February 20, Georg Karl Ignaz Freiherr von Fechenbach zu Laudenbach, † April 9, 1808 in Werneck near Würzburg, Prince-Bishop of Bamberg and Würzburg 1800-08.
  • 1750, Wolfgang Heribert von Dalberg, † September 28, 1806 in Mannheim, chamberlain of Worms and intendant of the theatre at Mannheim.
  • 1766, Johann Martin Manl, † October 15, 1835 in Eichstätt, Bischop of Speyer 1827-35 and Bishop of Eichstätt 1835.
  • Ferdinand Ochsenheimer (1767–1822) was a German stage actor and entomologist (lepidopterist).
  • 1770, Heinrich Anton Hoffmann, † January 19, 1842 in Frankfurt am Main, composer (concerts, chamber music etc.).
  • 1775, September 28, Johann Adam von Itzstein, † September 14, 1855 in Hallgarten, politician and member of the Frankfurt Parliament.
  • 1780, Johann Adam Ackermann,† 1853, landscape painter.
  • 1791, Franz Bopp, 1867 in Berlin, German linguist, author of comparative studies on Indo-European languages.
  • 1798, March 7, Hermann Umpfenbach, † 1862 March 16, mathematician.
  • 1800, Johann-Joseph Krug, † 1866. He established Champagne Krug in Reims in 1843.
  • 1805, Ida, Countess von Hahn-Hahn was a German author and founder of a nunnery.
  • 1811, Josef Kling, was a German chess master and chess composer.
  • 1817, Christoph Moufang, † 1890 in Mainz, diocesan administrator of Mainz 1877-86.
  • 1822, Joseph Gottsleben, † 1888, printer and publisher, established the "Mainzer Anzeiger".
  • 1823, Ludwig Bamberger, † 1899 in Berlin, was an economist, publicist and politician. He took part in the republican rising in the Palatinate and Baden; it was chiefly owing to him that a gold currency was adopted and that the Reichsbank took form.
  • 1824, Peter Cornelius, † 1874 in Mainz, composer, writer about music, poet and translator.
  • 1826, Paul Stumpf, † March 15, 1912 in Mainz, politician and entrepreneur.
  • 1835, Paul Haenlein, † 1905 in Mainz, was an engineer and flight pioneer. He flew in a semi-rigid-frame dirigible.
  • 1838, in Mainz, Charles Hallgarten, † 1908 in Frankfurt am Main, was a banker and philanthropist.
  • 1839, Adolphus Busch, † 1913 was the cofounder of Anheuser-Busch.
  • 1846, Ferdinand Becker, † 1877, painter of religious subjects.
  • 1849, May 29, Lorenz Adlon, † April 7, 1921, established Hotel Adlon in Berlin.
  • 1850, March 4, Ludwig Lindenschmit the younger, † July 1922 in Mainz, prehistorian and painter.
  • 1858, July 2, Georg Heinrich Maria Kirstein, † April 15, 1921 in Mainz, bishop of Mainz 1904-21.
  • 1861, January 20, Albanus Schachleiter, † June 20, 1937 in Feilnbach, Abt.
  • 1883, Emil Preetorius, † 1973 in Munich, painter and scenic designer, 1948 - 1968 president of the Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste.
  • 1883, Adolf Reinach, German philosopher, phenomenologist (from the Munich phenomenology perspective) and law theorist.
  • 1871, Oskar Heinroth, Ornithologist.
  • 1873, Rudolf Rocker, † 1958 in Mohegan/Maine (USA); was an anarcho-syndicalist writer, historian and prominent activist.
  • 1878, Karl Friedrich Zörgiebel, police president in Berlin, SPD politician.
  • 1888 Alfred Mumbächer, † 1953 in Mainz, landscape painter.
  • 1888, 17 November, Curt Goetz, † 12 September 1960 in Grabs/St. Gallen (Switzerland), Schriftsteller ("Der Lügner und die Nonne", "Das Haus in Montevideo"), playwright, film director.
  • 1892, 6 January Ludwig Berger originally Ludwig Bamberger, † 1969 in Schlangenbad, film director, Shakespeare interpreter.
  • 1899, 27 August, Hans Wilhelmi, † 5 June 1970 in Frankfurt am Main, Bundesminister für wirtschaftlichen Besitz des Bundes (1960–1961).
  • 1900, Anna Seghers, † 1983 in Berlin (East), writer ("Das siebte Kreuz").
  • 1901, Walter Hallstein, † 1982 in Stuttgart, politician and professor (Hallstein Doctrine) (1950–1951).
  • 1904, 30 December, Edith Schultze-Westrum, † 20 March 1981 in München, actress ("Die Brücke", D 1959, "Jeder stirbt für sich allein", Hans Fallada 1962).
  • 1909, 14 January, Ernst Neger, † 15 January 1989 in Mainz, singer ("Heile, heile Gänsje", "Rucki-Zucki").
  • 1914, 11 December, Toni Hämmerle, † 8 December 1968 in Mainz, composer, pianist, organist ("Humba-Täterä", "Gell du hast mich gelle gern").
  • 1914, 25 December, Konrad Georg, † 8 September 1987 in Hamburg, actor ("Kommissar Freytag", "Tim Frazer").
  • 1916, Ferdy Mayne, † 1998 in London, actor.
  • 1919, 15 August, Maria Mucke, singer during Wirtschaftswunder times ("Heut ist ein Feiertag für mich").
  • 1920, 11 November, Walter Scherf, Märchen researcher.
  • 1924, 6 November, Otto Höpfner, 1. landlord of the "Blauer Bock", singer, actor, conférencier, author.
  • 1924, 11 December, Heinz Schenk, actor, singer ("Es ist alles nur geliehen"), Moderator ("Zum blauen Bock"), text writer ("Ole, ole Fiesta").
  • 1935, 4 October, Horst Janson, actor ("Der Bastian", Sesamstraße).
  • 1938, 25 February, Dieter Reith, composer (TV-melodies), band leader.
  • 1941, 2 January, Johannes Gerster, politician.
  • 1942, 18 April, Jochen Rindt, Austrian racing driver.
  • 1947, 31 December, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, bishop of Regensburg, since 2002.
  • 1961, 6 December, Manuel Reuter, race car driver.
  • 1968, Anja Gockel, fashion designer.

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(47 since 1831)

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Cabaret, comedian, carnivalist[edit]

  • Hanns Dieter Hüsch, cabaret artist
  • Herbert Bonewitz, carnival, cabaret artist
  • Rolf Braun, carnival

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Others[edit]

  • Marx Rumpolt, personal chef to the Elector of Mainz, in 1581 wrote the first textbook "Ein New Kochbuch" (A New Cookbook) for professional cooks.
  • Johannes Wilhelm Bückler, called Schinderhannes (*Miehlen im Taunus 1783, † Mainz 1803 (persecuted)), legendary German outlaw
  • Hans Wagner (* Wittenberg 1852, † Frankfurt am Main 1940), Philatelist
  • Paul Baron von Collas (* Bromberg 1841; † Kassel 1910), military governor of Mainz (1898–1903)

Sources[edit]

  • Wolfgang Balzer: Mainz, Persönlichkeiten der Stadtgeschichte. Kügler, Ingelheim 1985–1993.
    • Bd. 1: Mainzer Ehrenbürger, Mainzer Kirchenfürsten, militärische Persönlichkeiten, Mainzer Bürgermeister. ISBN 3-924124-01-9
    • Bd. 2: Personen des religiösen Lebens, Personen des politischen Lebens, Personen des allgemein kulturellen Lebens, Wissenschaftler, Literaten, Künstler, Musiker. ISBN 3-924124-03-5.
    • Bd. 3: Geschäftsleute, epochale Wegbereiter, Baumeister, Fastnachter, Sonderlinge, Originale. ISBN 3-924124-05-1.