Interesting people form Zurich
Max Bill was born in Winterthur on 22 December 1908. His original training was as a silversmith, though he became an architect, artist and designer. On completing his apprenticeship in 1927, he went to Dessau, Germany, to study at the Bauhaus with Alber, Kandinsky, Klee, Moholy-Nagy, Schlemmer and others. During the 1930s, Bill was one of the main protagonists of "Concrete Art." In the late 1940s/early 1950s he was a co-founder of the School of Design in Ulm. In addition to his teaching assignments, Bill was a member of the Swiss National Council. He spent the last years of his life in Berlin, where he died on 9 December 1994.
Charles Lewinsky, born on 14 April 1946, is a Swiss scriptwriter and author. He studied German in Zurich and Berlin. In 1984, jointly with Doris Morfs, he published his first book, "Hitler on the Rütli." Lewinsky became known in Switzerland in the mid-1990s through the SF television series "Fascht e Familie" with Walter Andreas Müller and Martin Schenkel. Lewinsky now lives in Vereux, in the département of Haute-Saône, France.
Ueli Maurer was born on 1 December 1950 in Wetzikon. Since December 2008, the former president of the Swiss People's Party has been a Swiss member of the Federal Council where he has held the position of head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). He was elected President of the Swiss Confederation in 2013. A qualified accountant, he began his political career in 1978 as a district councillor in Hinwil. In 1983, he was elected to Zurich's cantonal parliament and in 1991 to the national parliament. Maurer believes in an independent and democratic Switzerland.
Nicola Spirig was born on 7 February 1982 in Bülach. The world-class triathlete from Zurich has enjoyed numerous successes during her career, including a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, three European championship titles and several Ironman 70.3 championship victories as well as winning world and European championships at junior level. In 2012, this exceptional athlete, a lawyer by training, was voted sportswoman of the year. She has a son (* born 2013) with the former European triathlon champion Reto Hug. The family lives in Winkel, Zurich.