Johann Stumpf (1500–1578) was an early writer on the history and topography of Switzerland. He was born at Bruchsal, and was educated there and at Strasbourg and Heidelberg. In 1520 he became a cleric or chaplain in the order of the Knights Hospitaller. He was sent in 1521 to the preceptory of that order at Freiburg in Breisgau, ordained a priest at Basel, and in 1522 was placed in charge of the preceptory at Bubikon.
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (October 11, 1825 – November 28, 1898) was a poet and, as he was born in Zürich, Switzerland, a fellow-townsman of Gottfried Keller. Meyer is a master of the novella, but in all other respects there is a most striking difference. Keller was a sturdy commoner and always retained a certain affinity with the soil; there is a wholesome vigor about him. Meyer, on the other hand, was of patrician descent.
Frédéric Louis Sauser (September 1, 1887 – January 21, 1961), better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement.
Johann Ludwig (also known as John Lewis, Jean Louis) Burckhardt (November 24, 1784 - October 15, 1817) was a Swiss traveller and orientalist. He wrote his letters in French and signed Louis. He is best known for rediscovering the ruins of the city of Petra.
Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi (also Korchnoy, Kortchnoy, Kortschnoi, etc. ; pronounced in the original Russian as "karch NOY"; Ви́ктор Льво́вич Корчно́й, born March 23, 1931, in Leningrad, USSR, defected to the Netherlands, and has resided in Switzerland for many years, is a professional chess player, author and currently the oldest active grandmaster on the tournament circuit. Korchnoi played three matches against Anatoly Karpov, the latter two for the World Chess Championship.
Johann David Wyss (March 4, 1743 - January 11, 1818) is best remembered for his book The Swiss Family Robinson. It is said that he was inspired by Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, but wanted to write a story from which his own children would learn, as the father in the story taught important lessons to his children. The Swiss Family Robinson was first published in 1812 and translated into English two years later. It has since become one of the most popular books of all time.
Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein (22 April 1766 – 14 July 1817), commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French-speaking Swiss author living in Paris and abroad. She influenced literary tastes in Europe at the turn of the 19th century.
Charles Victor de Bonstetten (September 3, 1745, Bern – February 3, 1832), was a Swiss liberal writer. By birth a member of one of the great patrician families of Bern, he was educated in his native town, at Yverdon, and (1763-1766) at Geneva, where he came under the influence of Rousseau and of Charles Bonnet, and imbibed liberal sentiments. Recalled to Bern by his father, he was soon sent to Leiden, and then visited (1769) England, where he became a friend of the poet Gray.
Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler (April 24, 1845 — December 29, 1924) was a Swiss poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1919. His work includes both pessimistic and heroical poems. Spitteler was born in Liestal, and from 1863 he studied law at the University of Zurich. In 1865-1870 he studied theology in the same institution, at Heidelberg and Basel. Later he worked in Russia as tutor, starting from August 1871, remaining there (with some periods in Finland) until 1879.
Paul Henri Mallet (August 20, 1730 – February 8, 1807) was a Swiss writer. He was born and educated in Geneva. He became tutor in the family of the count of Calenberg in Lower Saxony. In 1752 he was appointed professor of belles lettres to the academy at Copenhagen.
Eugène Rambert (April 6, 1830 – November 21, 1886), was a Swiss author. He was born at Sales near Swiss Clarens, the eldest son of a Vaudois schoolmaster, from whom he received his education. When in 1845 his father lost his post owing to the religious disputes, Rambert became a teacher in Paris, and later a tutor in England and at Geneva.
Max Rudolf Frisch (May 15, 1911 – April 4, 1991) was a Swiss architect, playwright and novelist, regarded as highly representative of German literature after World War II. In his creative works Frisch paid particular attention to issues relating to problems of human identity, individuality, responsibility, morality and political commitment. His use of irony is a significant feature of his post-war publications. Frisch was a member of the Gruppe Olten.
Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann (December 8, 1728 – October 7, 1795), Swiss philosophical writer, naturalist, and physician, was born at Brugg, in the canton of Aargau. He studied at Göttingen, where he took the degree of doctor of medicine, and he established his reputation by the dissertation, De irritabilitate (1751). After travelling in the Netherlands and France, he practised as a physician in Brugg, and wrote Über die Einsamkeit (1756, 1784-85) and Vom Nationalstolz (1758).
Binjamin Wilkomirski was a name which Bruno Dössekker (born Bruno Grosjean in 1941) adopted in his constructed identity as a Holocaust survivor and published author. His 1995 fictional memoirs, published in English as Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood, were debunked in the late 1990s by a Swiss journalist.
Peter Bichsel (born March 24, 1935) is a popular Swiss-German writer and journalist representing modern German literature. He was a member of the Gruppe Olten. Bichsel was born 1935 in Lucerne, Switzerland, the son of manual labourers. Shortly after he was born, the Bichsels moved to Olten, also in Switzerland. After finishing school, he became an elementary school teacher, a job which he held until 1968.
Edouard Rod (March 31, 1857–January 29, 1910), a French-Swiss novelist, was born at Nyon, in Switzerland, studied at Lausanne, where he wrote his doctoral thesis about the Oedipus legend (Le développement de la légende d'Œdipe dans l'histoire de la littérature), and Berlin, and in 1878 found his way to Paris. In 1881 he dedicated his novel, Palmyre Veulard, to Zola, of whom he was at this period of his career a faithful disciple. A series of novels of similar tendency followed.
Edmond Pidoux (October 25, 1908-April 17, 2004) was a Swiss author who wrote numerous poems, novels, and essays. He was particularly renowned for Biblical pieces such as L'histoire de Jonas. In 1982, he won the Prix du livre vaudois. Born in Belgium in 1908, this minister's son studied literature at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and worked as a teacher and lecturer. He died at the age of 96 in 2004.
Erich Gamma (born 1961 in Zürich) is a co-author of the influential computer science textbook, Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software. He co-wrote the JUnit software testing framework with Kent Beck and led the design of the Eclipse platform's Java Development Tools. Erich is currently working on the IBM Rational Jazz project.
Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (September 24, 1878 – May 23, 1947) was a French-speaking Swiss writer. He was born in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud and educated at the University of Lausanne. He taught briefly in nearby Aubonne, and then in Weimar, Germany. In 1903, he left for Paris and remained there until World War I, with frequent trips home to Switzerland. In 1903, he published Le petit village, a collection of poems.
Bruno Giussani is a Swiss author and the European Director of the TED Conferences. He was a 2004 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and, previously, the European Internet columnist for the New York Times.
Jean Louis Delolme (1740 – 16 July 1806) was a Swiss jurist and constitutional writer. He was born at Geneva in 1740. He studied for the bar, and had begun to practise when he was obliged to emigrate on account of a pamphlet entitled Examen de trois parts de droit, which gave offence to the authorities of the town. He took refuge in England, where he lived for several years on the meagre and precarious income derived from occasional contributions to various journals.
Rolf Dobelli (born 1966) is a Swiss novelist and entrepreneur. He was born in 1966 in Lucerne, Switzerland. In 1986, he enrolled at the University of St. Gallen, where he studied business, earning his MBA in 1991 and PhD in 1995. He began working for Swissair in 1992 and held several managerial positions. In 1999, he co-founded getabstract, the world's leading provider of book summaries (both in fiction and non-fiction). Rolf Dobelli has a weekly book show on Bloomberg Television Germany.