Neuchâtel: People

Interesting people from Neuchâtel

 

Didier Burkhalter

Didier Burkhalter

Didier Burkhalter, born in Neuchâtel on 17 April 1960, is a politician and member of the Liberal-Radical Party. He was a member of Neuchâtel City Council from 1991 to 2005, chairing it three times. His principal achievements while in office included building the new Maladière football stadium in a private-public partnership. He served as a Deputy to Neuchâtel’s cantonal parliament, the Grand Conseil, from 1990 to 2001. He was then a National Councillor from 2003 to 2007, and was elected to the Federal Council on 16 September 2009. He took office on 1 November 2009, and heads the Federal Department of the Interior. As of 1 January 2012, Mr. Burkhalter will take charge of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


 

Maurice Bavaud

Maurice Bavaud

Maurice Bavaud was born in Neuchâtel on 15 January 1916 and executed at Plötzensee in Berlin on 14 May 1941. This son of Neuchâtel attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1938. He travelled to Germany on 9 October 1938, planning to shoot Hitler with a pistol. However, he did not fire because he was too far away from Hitler. The spectators in front of him denied him a clear view, by raising their hands in the Nazi salute. When he could not produce a train ticket for inspection, he was arrested and handed over to the Gestapo. At that moment, his firearm and compromising papers were found on him. Under torture, Bavaud finally admitted his assassination plans and was brought before the Volksgerichtshof. He was sentenced to death and guillotined.


 

Le Corbusier

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known under the pseudonym of Le Corbusier, was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds on
6 October 1887 and died in France on 27 August 1965. This world-famous architect, town planner, painter and man of letters became a French citizen in 1930. He is known for his reflections on collective housing, but he built detached houses as well as public housing.


 

Philippe Suchard

Philippe Suchard

Philippe Suchard, born in Boudry on 9 October 1797, died in Neuchâtel on 14 January 1884. This confectioner and entrepreneur went into chocolate and founded the Suchard chocolate factory in 1826. The firm was to gain an international reputation.


 

 

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