Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 
Slovenian rock band Siddharta got its name after his book.
American rock band Steppenwolf got their name from "Steppenwolf" written by Hesse.
Father of Bruno Hesse (b. 1905), Heiner Hesse (b. 1909) and Martin Hesse (b. 1911). Grandfather of Christina and Simon (Bruno's children), Silver, David and Eva (Heiner's children) and Sibylle Hesse (Martin's daughter).
Son of Johannes Hesse and Marie Gundert and brother of Adele Gundert-Hesse and Johannes Hesse Jr.