Klaus Schmidt (December 11, 1953 – July 20, 2014) was a German archaeology professor. He led the excavations at Göbekli Tepe from 1996 to 2014.
Schmidt was born in Feuchtwangen. He studied Prehistory and Early History and Classical Archaeology and Geology at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Erlangen.
He died in Ueckeritz on July 20, 2014, of a heart attack.