Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands

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
    Dec. at 96 (1914-2010)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Adriaan Blaauw (12 April 1914 – 1 December 2010) was a Dutch astronomer. Blaauw was born in Amsterdam to Cornelis Blaauw and Gesina Clasina Zwart, and studied at Leiden University and the University ...more
  • Adriaan van Maanen
    Dec. at 61 (1884-1946)
    • Birthplace: Sneek, Netherlands
    Adriaan van Maanen (March 31, 1884 – January 26, 1946) was a Dutch–American astronomer. Van Maanen, born into a well-to-do family in Friesland, studied astronomy at the University of Utrecht (earning ...more
  • Albertus Antonie Nijland

    Albertus Antonie Nijland

    Dec. at 67 (1868-1936)
    Albertus (Albert) Antonie Nijland (October 30, 1868 – August 18, 1936) was a Dutch astronomer. He was professor of astronomy at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, and served as director of the ...more
  • Antonie Pannekoek
    Dec. at 87 (1873-1960)
    • Birthplace: Vaassen, Netherlands
    Antonie (Anton) Pannekoek (2 January 1873 – 28 April 1960) was a Dutch astronomer, Marxist theorist, and social revolutionary. He was one of the main theorists of council communism (Dutch: ...more
  • Arjen Roelofs

    Arjen Roelofs

    Dec. at 74 (1754-1828)
    Arjen Roelofs (1 March 1754 – 11 May 1828) was a Dutch astronomer.
  • Bart Bok
    Dec. at 77 (1906-1983)
    • Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
    Bartholomeus Jan "Bart" Bok (April 28, 1906 – August 5, 1983) was a Dutch-American astronomer, teacher, and lecturer. He is best known for his work on the structure and evolution of the Milky Way ...more