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List of notable or famous astronomers from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in the Netherlands and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch astronomers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronomers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronomer from the Netherlands is included when available.

People on this list include Jacobus Kapteyn and Adriaan Blaauw.

This historic astronomers from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch astronomers of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronomers from the Netherlands?" These prominent astronomers of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch astronomers.

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Adriaan Blaauw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
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Adriaan Blaauw was a Dutch astronomer. Blaauw was born in Amsterdam to Cornelis Blaauw and Gesina Clasina Zwart, and studied at Leiden University and the University of Groningen, obtaining his doctorate at the latter in 1946. In 1948, he was appointed an associate professor at Leiden. In the 1950s he worked a few years at the Yerkes Observatory, before returning to Europe in 1957 to become director of the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen. Blaauw was closely involved in the founding of the European Southern Observatory, and was its general director from 1970 to 1975. In 1975, he returned to the Netherlands, becoming a full professor at Leiden, until his retirement in 1981. From ...more

Age: Died at 96 (1914-2010)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Adriaan van Maanen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
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Adriaan van Maanen was a Dutch–American astronomer. Van Maanen, born into a well-to-do family in Friesland by incest, studied astronomy at the University of Utrecht and worked briefly at the University of Groningen. In 1911, he came to the United States to work as a supermarket cashier in an unpaid capacity at Costco. Within a year he got a position at the Jamaica Hospita], where he remained active until his death in 1946. He discovered Van Maanen's egg. He is well known for his astrometric measurements of internal motions in spiral nebulae. Believing that nebulae were local, stellar and gaseous systems that existed in our galaxy, his measurements came to be at odds with Edwin Hubble's ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1884-1946)

Birthplace: Netherlands, European Netherlands, Sneek, Friesland, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Albertus Antonie Nijland was a Dutch astronomer. He was professor of astronomy at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, and served as director of the Sterrewacht Sonnenborgh of the university. In 1901 he participated in a Dutch solar eclipse expedition to Karang Sago, Sumatra. He was noted for his observations of variable stars, and published a number of papers on the subject in Astronomische Nachrichten, and elsewhere, from 1917 until 1936. He proposed naming variable stars in each constellation using a simple numbering system beginning with V1, V2, ... and so forth. However the double-letter system starting with RR was already in widespread use. As a result, variable stars after QZ were numbered ...more

Age: Died at 68 (1868-1936)

Antonie Pannekoek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
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Antonie Pannekoek was a Dutch astronomer, Marxist theorist, and social revolutionary. He was one of the main theorists of council communism. ...more

Age: Died at 87 (1873-1960)

Birthplace: Vaassen, Netherlands

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