Lucerne: People

Interesting people from Lucerne

 

Emil Steinberger

Emil Steinberger

Emil Steinberger is a cabaret artist, writer, actor and producer. He was born in Lucerne on 6 January 1933. After graduating from design college in Lucerne, he worked as a graphic artist. In 1967 he and his wife Maya Rudin opened the Kleintheater on the Bundesplatz in Lucerne. He has become famous in German-speaking countries especially for his TV sketches as "Emil."


 

Ariella Käslin

Ariella Käslin

Ariella Käslin, born in Lucerne on 11 October 1987, was already a member of the Swiss national women's gymnastics team at the age of 14. She completed her education at Magglingen Sports College. Ariella Käslin has been Swiss Women's Champion several times in both individual and team competitions, as well as in single disciplines. At the European Championships in Milan in 2009, Käslin became the first Swiss woman to win a medal in an international gymnastic competition. She repeated a bronze medal in the European Championships in Berlin in 2011 in her favorite discipline, the vaulting horse. In July 2011, at the age of 23, Ariella Käslin announced the end of her career.


 

Kaspar Villiger

Kaspar Villiger

Kaspar Villiger was born in Pfeffikon, in the Canton of Lucerne, on 5 February 1941, the son of the cigar manufacturer Villiger. He studied mechanical engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and took over the management of the cigar factory, Villiger und Söhne AG, after the death of his father in 1966. In 1972 his political career began with his election to the Grosser Rat, the Cantonal Parliament of Lucerne. In 1987 he was elected to the Council of States. Just two years later, he was elected as an FDP deputy to the Federal Council.  He continued to serve as such until he stood down in 2003. Since March 2009, Villiger has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the major Swiss bank, UBS.


 

Hans Küng

Hans Küng

Hans Küng was born in Sursee, in the Canton of Lucerne, on 19 March 1928. The internationally known theologian studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical University in Rome. Today he is one of the most prominent, but also most controversial, critics of the Catholic Church. His critical stance prompted the withdrawal of his ecclesiastical teaching licence in 1979. Most recently, Küng has attracted media attention for his critical statements about the cases of abuse in the Catholic Church.


 

 

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