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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Katholieke Universiteit Leuven alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Katholieke Universiteit Leuven are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Items on this list include John Dee and Herman Van Rompuy.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Katholieke Universiteit Leuven?” and “Which celebrities are Katholieke Universiteit Leuven alumni?”

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John Dee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Librarian, Mathematician, Astrologer John Dee was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, imperialist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and ...more

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Yves Leterme is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician Yves Camille Désiré Leterme is a Flemish Belgian politician, a leader of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party, and was the 48th Prime Minister of Belgium. Leterme was the ...more

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Vincent Rijmen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Vincent Rijmen Cryptographer Vincent Rijmen is a Belgian cryptographer and one of the two designers of the Rijndael, the Advanced Encryption Standard. Rijmen is also the co-designer of the WHIRLPOOL cryptographic hash ...more

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Francis Franck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Retired

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Mathias Cormann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician Mathias Hubert Paul Cormann is an Australian politician of German-speaking Belgian descent. He is a Liberal Party senator for Western Australia, having been chosen by the Parliament of Western ...more

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Roger Van Overstraeten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Roger Joseph Van Overstraeten was a professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, an IEEE Fellow and the founder of the micro- and nanoelectronics research center IMEC. Van Overstraeten earned ...more

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Pieter De Crem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Pieter De Crem Politician Pieter Frans Norbert Jozef Raymond De Crem is a Belgian, Flemish politician and member of Christian Democratic and Flemish. He has been a Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives since ...more

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Frank Vandenbroucke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician, Professor, Civil servant Frank Ignace Georgette Vandenbroucke is a Belgian, Flemish academic and former politician of the Different Socialist Party.

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Herman Van Rompuy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician, Economist Herman Achille Van Rompuy is a Belgian politician, who formerly served as Prime Minister of Belgium and then as the first President of the European Council. A politician from Belgium's Christian ...more

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Bart De Wever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Bart De Wever Politician, Historian Bart Albert Liliane De Wever is a Belgian politician. Since 2004 he has been the president of the New Flemish Alliance, a Belgian political party advocating independence for the Flemish region ...more

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Bart Preneel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Cryptographer Bart Preneel is a Belgian cryptographer and cryptanalyst. He is a professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in the COSIC group,. He was the president of the International Association for ...more

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Arthur Vierendeel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer Arthur Vierendeel was a civil engineer born in Leuven, Belgium. He had a career as a university professor, and civil engineer. The structure known as the Vierendeel truss is named after him.

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Joan Daemen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Joan Daemen Cryptographer Joan Daemen is a Belgian cryptographer who co-designed the Rijndael cipher with Vincent Rijmen, which was selected as the Advanced Encryption Standard in 2001. More recently, he co-designed the ...more

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Friedrich Tinner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Friedrich Tinner Friedrich Tinner, also known as Fred Tinner, is a Swiss nuclear engineer and a long-associated friend of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan— Pakistan's former top scientist— and connected with the Khan ...more

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Nico F. Declercq is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Nico F. Declercq Nico Felicien Declercq is a physicist and mechanical engineer. He is an associate professor with the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and Georgia Tech Lorraine in France. He is ...more

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Mark Waer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Mark Waer Physician Mark Jozef Albert Waer is a Belgian physician, biomedical scientist, and former Rector of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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Souradyuti Paul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Computer scientist Souradyuti Paul is an Indian cryptologist. Formerly a member of COSIC, he is currently working as a Guest Researcher for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States. ...more

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Bart Somers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician Bartolomeus Jozef Lodewijk Rosalia "Bart" Somers is a Belgian, Flemish politician. He is currently the mayor of Mechelen. He obtained a law degree from the Katholieke Universiteit

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Caroline Gennez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Caroline Gennez Politician Caroline Gennez is a Belgian socialist politician and a former chairwoman of the Socialist Party – Different in Flanders.

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Marianne Thyssen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Marianne Thyssen Politician Marianne Leonie Petrus Thyssen is a Belgian politician for the CD&V. In 2014 she became the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.

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Eric Van Rompuy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician Eric Karel Paul Van Rompuy is a Flemish politician.

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Steven Vanackere is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Steven Vanackere, born on 4 February 1964 in Wevelgem, Belgium, is a Flemish politician and member of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party. He held the portfolios of Deputy Prime Minister ...more

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Dan Zahavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Dan Zahavi Philosopher Dan Zahavi is a Danish philosopher. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at University of Copenhagen.

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Eva Brems is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician, Professor Eva Brems is a Belgian university professor, human rights defender and politician. She is a senior lecturer in human rights and non-Western law at Ghent University. Besides her academic ...more

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Patricia Ceysens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Patricia Ceysens Politician Patricia Ceysens is a Flemish politician and member of the Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats party, being the vice-chairman of the party. She served in the Flemish Government of 2004-2009 as ...more

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Chaudhry Abdul Majeed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Scientist, Engineer Chaudhry Abdul Majeed is a Pakistani nuclear chemist and an atomic weapon and technology expert. He is known as one of the pioneers of Pakistan's nuclear deterrent programme, and has worked ...more

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Bart De Strooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Bart De Strooper Physician Bart De Strooper is a Belgian molecular biologist and professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is head of the VIB Department of Molecular and Developmental Genetics, KU Leuven. Bart ...more

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Patrik Vankrunkelsven is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Patrik Vankrunkelsven Patrick Jules Maria Vankrunkelsven, is a Belgian physician, professor of medicine and politician. He obtained an MD and PhD from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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Roland Duchâtelet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Roland Duchâtelet Politician Roland Duchâtelet is a Belgian billionaire businessman who turned his progressive liberal ideology into a political movement that he called Vivant. He also owns several football clubs: ...more

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Francis Campbell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Francis Martin-Xavier Campbell was a British diplomat, now Vice-Chancellor of St Mary's University, Twickenham, London.

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Hendrik Van Brussel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Hendrik Van Brussel Hendrik Van Brussel is a Belgian emeritus professor of mechanical engineering of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, world-renowned for his research on robotics, mechatronics and holonic ...more

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Luc Van den Brande is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Luc Van den Brande is a Flemish politician, member of the CD&V and was Minister-president of Flanders from 21 January 1992 until 13 July 1999. He took the initiative to create the Flanders ...more

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Julien De Wilde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Julien De Wilde Julien De Wilde is a Belgian businessman. He is Chairman of Nyrstar, Chairman of the Prince Albert Foundation, honorary chairman of Agoria and a member of the board of Bekaert, Telenet and ...more

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Abdollah Ramezanzadeh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Spokesperson Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, is an Kurdish academic, writer and politician. He is the former spokesman and secretary of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran during the presidency of Muhammad ...more

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Vladimír Dlouhý is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Politician, Economist Vladimír Dlouhý is a Czech economist and politician.

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Wouter Beke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Wouter Beke Wouter Beke is a Belgian politician and a member of the CD&V. He was reelected as a member of the Belgian Senate in 2007. Wouter Beke studied Social Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and ...more

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Luc Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Luc Bertrand Luc Bertrand is a Belgian businessman. He is at present the CEO of Ackermans & van Haaren, which is business concern active in construction, dredging, and environmental services, human ...more

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Jan Vanthienen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Jan Vanthienen Jan Vanthienen is a Belgium organizational theorist and Professor of Information systems at Leuven University, known for his contributions to Business Process Modeling and Business Engineering.

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Willy Stevens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Willy Stevens Dr Willy Stevens studied commercial engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, political sciences at the UCL and international relations and geopolitics at the Fletcher School of Law and ...more

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Luc Devroye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Luc Devroye Luc P. Devroye is a Belgian computer scientist/mathematician and a James McGill Professor in the School of Computer Science of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He studied at Katholieke ...more

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Sabine de Bethune is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Sabine de Bethune Baroness Sabine de Bethune is a Belgian politician and a member of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party. The daughter of former Kortrijk mayor, Emmanuel de Bethune, she is family member of ...more

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Javier Gil Sevillano is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Javier Gil Sevillano Javier Gil Sevillano is the current professor of materials engineering at the Tecnun School of Engineering of the University of Navarra in Spain, and head of the Materials Department at CEIT ...more

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Guðmundur Steingrímsson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Alumni
Guðmundur Steingrímsson Guðmundur Steingrímsson is an Icelandic politician and son and grandson of former Icelandic Prime Ministers Steingrímur Hermannsson and Hermann Jónasson.