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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
Dec. at 96 (1914-2010) 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 ...more

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Adriaan van Maanen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 62 (1884-1946) 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 ...more

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Albertus Antonie Nijland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Albertus Antonie Nijland Dec. at 68 (1868-1936) 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 ...more

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Antonie Pannekoek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 87 (1873-1960) Antonie Pannekoek was a Dutch astronomer, Marxist theorist, and social revolutionary. He was one of the main theorists of council communism.

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Arjen Roelofs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Arjen Roelofs Dec. at 74 (1754-1828) Arjen Roelofs was a Dutch astronomer.

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Bart Bok is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 77 (1906-1983) Bartholomeus Jan "Bart" Bok was a Dutch-born American astronomer, teacher, and lecturer. He is best known for his work on the structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy, and for ...more

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Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 66 (1629-1695) Christiaan Huygens, FRS was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist. Huygens was a leading scientist of ...more

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Cornelis Johannes van Houten is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 82 (1920-2002) Cornelis Johannes van Houten was a Dutch astronomer, sometimes referred to as Kees van Houten. Born in The Hague, he spent his entire career at Leiden University except for a brief period as ...more

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Dirk Brouwer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 64 (1902-1966) Dirk Brouwer was a Dutch-American astronomer. He received his Ph.D. in 1927 at Leiden University under Willem de Sitter and then went to Yale University. From 1941 until 1966 he was editor of ...more

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Egbert Adriaan Kreiken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Egbert Adriaan Kreiken Dec. at 68 (1896-1964) Egbert Adriaan Kreiken was a Dutch teacher and astronomer. He was born at Barneveld in the Netherlands, to a family of teachers. After being awarded his Ph.D. in 1923, he would become a ...more

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Eise Eisinga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Eise Eisinga Dec. at 84 (1744-1828) Eise Jeltes Eisinga was a Dutch amateur astronomer who built the Eise Eisinga Planetarium in his house in Franeker, Netherlands. The orrery still exists and is the oldest functioning planetarium ...more

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Ewine van Dishoeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
age 62 Ewine van Dishoeck is a Dutch astronomer and chemist. She is Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden Observatory. She is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and the U.S. ...more

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Frank Pieter Israel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
age 72 Frank Pieter Israel is a Dutch astronomer. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy at the Leiden Observatory in 1976, where he now is Professor. The asteroid 7507 Israel is named for him. Israel is ...more

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Frederik Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 64 (1808-1872) Frederik Kaiser was a Dutch astronomer. He was director of the Leiden Observatory from 1838 until his death. He is credited with the advancement of Dutch astronomy through his scientific ...more

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Gale Bruno van Albada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 60 (1912-1972) Gale Bruno van Albada was a Dutch astronomer. Van Albada obtained his Ph.D. with Antonie Pannekoek at the University of Amsterdam in 1945. He shared Pannekoek's communist ideologies and back in ...more

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Gerard P. Kuiper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 68 (1905-1973) Gerard Peter Kuiper was a Netherlands-born American astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt was named. Kuiper is considered by many to be the father of modern planetary science.

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H. G. van de Sande Bakhuyzen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
H. G. van de Sande Bakhuyzen Dec. at 85 (1838-1923) Hendricus Gerardus van de Sande Bakhuyzen was a Dutch astronomer. His surname, van de Sande Bakhuyzen, is sometimes erroneously given as Backhuyzen or Bakhuysen. His first name is sometimes ...more

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Hendrik C. van de Hulst is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 82 (1918-2000) Hendrik Christoffel "Henk" van de Hulst ForMemRS was a Dutch astronomer and mathematician. In 1944, while a student in Utrecht, he predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyperfine line ...more

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Hendrik van Gent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Hendrik van Gent Dec. at 47 (1900-1947) Hendrik van Gent was a Dutch astronomer. He moved to South Africa in 1928 in order to observe the southern sky at the Leiden Southern Station and the Union Observatory in Johannesburg. He ...more

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Herman Zanstra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 78 (1894-1972) Herman Zanstra was a Frisian/Dutch astronomer. Zanstra was born near Heerenveen in Friesland. In 1917 he graduated with an Engineer's degree in chemical engineering from the Delft Institute of ...more

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Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
age 97 Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld was a Dutch astronomer. In a jointly-credited trio with Tom Gehrels and her husband Cornelis Johannes van Houten, she was the discoverer of many thousands of ...more

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Jacobus Kapteyn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 71 (1851-1922) Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn, was a Dutch astronomer, best known for his extensive studies of the Milky Way and as the first discoverer of evidence for galactic rotation. Kapteyn was born in ...more

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Jan Oort is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 92 (1900-1992) Jan Hendrik Oort ForMemRS was a Dutch astronomer who made significant contributions to the understanding of the Milky Way and who was a pioneer in the field of radio astronomy. His New York ...more

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Jan Woltjer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 55 (1891-1946) Jan Woltjer was a Dutch astronomer. Woltjer was the son of the classical scholar Jan Woltjer. On 13 December 1916 he married Hillegonda de Vries in Groningen. He worked and taught at Leiden ...more

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Jean Jacques Raimond, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 58 (1903-1961) Dr. Jean Jacques Raimond, Jr. was a Dutch astronomer. Raimond was the son of Jean Jacques Raimond Sr., furniture maker in The Hague, and Tetje van der Werf. He studied astronomy at the ...more

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Johan Maurits Mohr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Johan Maurits Mohr Dec. at 59 (1716-1775) Johan Maurits Mohr was a Dutch-German pastor who studied at Groningen University from 1733 and settled in Batavia in 1737. Mohr's greatest passion was in astronomy but he was also keenly ...more

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Johan Stein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Johan Stein Dec. at 80 (1871-1951) Johan Willem Jakob Antoon Stein was a Dutch astronomer and a member of the Society of Jesus. He was born in Grave, Netherlands and spend his youth in Maastricht. In 1894 he finished a course of ...more

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John Goodricke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 22 (1764-1786) John Goodricke FRS was an English amateur astronomer. He is best known for his observations of the variable star Algol in 1782.

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Maarten Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
age 88 Maarten Schmidt is a Dutch astronomer who measured the distances of quasars. Born in Groningen, The Netherlands, Schmidt studied with Jan Hendrik Oort. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Leiden ...more

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Marinus Vertregt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 76 (1897-1973) Marinus Vertregt was a Dutch astronomer.

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Martin van den Hove is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 34 (1605-1639) Martin van den Hove was a Dutch astronomer and mathematician. His adopted Latin name is a translation of the Dutch hof, in Latin horta.

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Michael van Langren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 77 (1598-1675) Michael Florent van Langren was a Dutch astronomer and cartographer. His Latinized name is Langrenus.

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Peter Jenniskens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
age 55 Petrus Matheus Marie Jenniskens is a Dutch and American astronomer and a senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and at NASA Ames Research Center. He is an ...more

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Peter van de Kamp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 94 (1901-1995) Piet van de Kamp, known as Peter van de Kamp in the United States, was a Dutch astronomer who lived most of his life in the United States. He was professor of astronomy at Swarthmore College and ...more

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Petrus Plancius is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Petrus Plancius Dec. at 70 (1552-1622) Petrus Plancius was a Flemish astronomer, cartographer and clergyman. He was born as Pieter Platevoet in Dranouter, now in Heuvelland, West Flanders. He studied theology in Germany and England. ...more

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Pieter Johannes van Rhijn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Pieter Johannes van Rhijn Dec. at 74 (1886-1960) Pieter Johannes van Rhijn was a Dutch astronomer. Born in Gouda, he studied at Groningen. He served as director at the Sterrenkundig Laboratorium in Groningen and later served for many years as ...more

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Pieter Oosterhoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Pieter Oosterhoff Dec. at 74 (1904-1978) Pieter Theodorus Oosterhoff was a Dutch astronomer. He was the co-administrator, along with Jan Oort, of the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands. His published papers are primarily in regard ...more

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Tom Gehrels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 86 (1925-2011) Anton M.J. "Tom" Gehrels was a Dutch-American astronomer, Professor of Planetary Sciences, and Astronomer at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

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Uco van Wijk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 42 (1924-1966) Uco van Wijk was a Dutch astronomer and educator who founded the astronomy program at the University of Maryland and was instrumental in bringing Gart Westerhout from the Netherlands to become ...more

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Willebrord Snellius is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 46 (1580-1626) Willebrord Snellius was a Dutch astronomer and mathematician, known in the English-speaking world as Snell. In the west, especially the English speaking countries, his name has been attached to ...more

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Willem de Sitter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 62 (1872-1934) Willem de Sitter was a Dutch mathematician, physicist and astronomer.

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Willem Hendrik van den Bos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Willem Hendrik van den Bos Dec. at 78 (1896-1974) Willem Hendrik van den Bos was a Dutch-South African astronomer. At least one source refers to him as Van der Bos, but this seems to be an error. He initially worked at Leiden Observatory in the ...more

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Willem Jacob Luyten is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Astronomers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 95 (1899-1994) Willem Jacob Luyten was a Dutch-American astronomer.