Switzerland is home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. It is also widely renowned for its ski resorts, hiking trails, Swiss watches and chocolates. The land of the pristine Alps has produced multiple famous personalities over the years and across all major disciplines be it academics, sports, movies and what not.
Here are some of the most famous people that are from Switzerland:
1. Roger Federer
His name has become almost synonymous with the world of tennis and is currently ranked at number 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has been called the greatest tennis player of all time by numerous players and sports analysts. He has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player and held the number 1 spot from October 2002 to November 2016.
2. Carl Jung
Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. He was born on the 26th of July, 1875 in the small Swiss village of Kessewil. He has also done very influential work in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, literature and philosophy. He was an early supporter of Freud because of their shared interest in the unconscious.
3. Rene Baumann
Better known as DJ BoBo, he is a Swiss born singer-songwriter, dancer and music producer. He has sold over 14 million records worldwide and released well over 12 studio albums as well as a few other compilations. The genres he prefers are pop, electronica, house and Eurodance. Rene has received numerous gold and platinum certifications for his singles and albums all over the world.
4. Louis Chevrolet
The co-founder of the world renowned Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911, Louis Chevrolet was born on the 25th of December, 1878 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton of Neuchatel, a center of watchmaking in Switzerland. Louis was also a very famous race car driver who drove in the Indianoplis 500 four times.
5. Ursula Andress
She is a very well-known Swiss film and television actress who has appeared in American, British and Italian movies. She is although, best known, for her breakthrough role as Bond girl “Honey Ryder” in the very first Bond movie which was called “Dr. No”. She was the third of six children born in Ostermundigen to a gardener mother and a diplomat father.
6. Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis is a world top ranking holder tennis player who’s prowess over the game has shook sports analysts worldwide. She has spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world number 1 and has also won five Grand Slam singles titles, twelve Grand Slams women’s doubles and that is just the tip of the iceberg. According to the Forbes magazine, she had been the highest paying female athlete in the world for five consecutive years from 1997 to 2001.
7. Jacques Piccard
He was a Swiss oceanographer and engineer who was widely appreciated for having developed underwater vehicles for studying ocean currents. He and Lt. Don Walsh were the first people to explore the deepest part of the world’s ocean and the deepest location on the surface of the earth’s crust, the Mariana Trench, located in the western North Pacific Ocean.
8. Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Patrick Sefolosha is a Swiss born professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also represented the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2006, he became the first player from Switzerland to play in the NBA and in 2013, he was labelled the best Swiss basketball player of all time by the Swiss newspaper FreiburgerNachrichten.
9. Johanna Spyri
Johanna Spyri was a Swiss born author of mainly children’s books, and is also widely known for her book “Heidi”. She was born in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland and as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur in Graubunden, the setting which she would later use in a lot of her stories. Her first story was also tremendously gripping, it is titled “A note on Vrony’s grave” and it deals with domestic violence.
10. Paul Klee
A Swiss artist, his individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. Klee was also a natural draftsman who experimented with a lot of colour and later researched and wrote volumes about Colour Theory. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs and his musicality.
11. Jean Piaget
12. Le Corbusier
13. Henry Dunant
14. Stan Wawrinka
15. Max Frisch
16. Gottfried Keller
17. Herman Hesse
18. Werner Arber
19. Karl Barth
20. John Calvin
These are some of the most famous Swiss individuals to have existed and have excelled in whichever fields that they have pursued. They have made their country proud as ever and continue to bring laurels to it. Switzerland has not stopped producing people with immeasurable talents and will continue to do so in the future, no doubts about it. The land itself is blessed.