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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the great figures in the history of German literature. Early in his career he studied law, and in 1775 he joined the court of Duke Charles Augustus. For ten year…

Gottfried Leibniz

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician whose broad knowledge made him one of the most influential European thinkers of the 18th century. The son of a philosophy professo…

Gottfried Dienst 1998 Deaths

Gottfried DienstAge: 78 soccer referee who awarded England a controversial goal in its 1966 World Cup victory over Germany; Dienst awarded the goal after English linesmen protested, but advan…

Johannes Gutenberg

Name at birth: Johann GensfleischJohannes Gutenberg is generally credited with the creation of movable type printing -- the process that made it possible to publish many copies of a single work at one…

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler supported the heliocentric theory by Nicolas Copernicus, defending it in his first major work, Mysterium Cosmographicum (1596). In 1601 Kepler became the imperial mathematician to Ru…

Johannes Brahms

German pianist and composer Johannes Brahms is ranked among the masters of the Romantic era of classical music. His most famous composition is the lullaby, "Lied Wiegenlied" ("Cradle Song"), popularly…

Mike JOHANNS

Senate Years of Service: 2009-Party: RepublicanJOHANNS, Mike, a Senator from Nebraska; born in Osage, Iowa, June 18, 1950; B.A., St. Mary's College, Winona, Minn., 1971; J.D., Creighton Univers…

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach, the most renowned member of a distinguished family of German musicians and composers, is considered one of the greatest composers in history. A virtuoso organist who was famous…

Johann Olav Koss

Johann Olav KossBorn: Oct. 29, 1968Norwegian speed skater won three gold medals at 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer with world records in the 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m; also won 1,500m gold and 1…

Johannes Rau,

68, German politician, was elected president of Germany in May. The post is mostly a ceremonial position, with the president's prime responsibility being to act as the country's moral concili…