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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Leiden University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Leiden University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Leiden University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Leiden University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Leiden University 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 Leiden University.

Examples of graduates on this list: John Quincy Adams, Armin van Buuren and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Leiden University?” and “Which celebrities are Leiden University alumni?”

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John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
John Quincy Adams Politician, Diplomat, Attorney at law

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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Enrico Fermi Physicist, Scientist

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Johan de Witt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Johan de Witt Mathematician, Politician

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John Pringle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
John Pringle Physician

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Activist, Politician, Film Producer

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Paul Verhoeven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Paul Verhoeven Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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H. A. Sinclair de Rochemont is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Baron d'Holbach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Baron d'Holbach Philosopher

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Herman Philipse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Herman Philipse Philosopher

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Ronald Plasterk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Ronald Plasterk Biologist, Politician, Professor

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Albrecht von Haller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Albrecht von Haller Physiologist, Anatomist, Naturalist

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Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Armin van Buuren Record producer, Songwriter, Pianist

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Johannes Hevelius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Johannes Hevelius Astronomer

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Job Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Job Cohen Politician, Professor, Jurist

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Thomas Browne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Thomas Browne Physician, Science writer, Writer

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Beatrix of the Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Nicolas Steno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Nicolas Steno Anatomist, Geologist

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Eric Mazur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Eric Mazur Physicist, Professor, Science writer

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Abraham Kuyper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Abraham Kuyper Politician, Journalist, Philosopher

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Henry Fielding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Henry Fielding Justice of the Peace, Novelist, Barrister

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Willebrord Snellius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Willebrord Snellius Mathematician, Astronomer

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Frits Bolkestein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Frits Bolkestein Politician

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Adriaan Blaauw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Adriaan Blaauw Astronomer

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Nicolaas Bloembergen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Edsger W. Dijkstra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Edsger W. Dijkstra Physicist, Computer scientist

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Margaret Heckler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Margaret Heckler Politician, Diplomat

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Hamengkubuwono IX is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Hamengkubuwono IX Politician

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Hendrik Lorentz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Hendrik Lorentz Physicist

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Peter Simon Pallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Heinrich von Cocceji is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Christiaan Huygens Mathematician, Physicist, Horologist

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Tjalling Koopmans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Tjalling Koopmans Mathematician, Economist

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John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute Groom of the Stool

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Hermann Witsius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Robert Darwin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Robert Darwin Physician

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Ivo Opstelten is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Ivo Opstelten Television presenter, Politician, Civil servant

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Adriaan Fokker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Adriaan Fokker Physicist

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Bernhard Siegfried Albinus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni

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Gerard P. Kuiper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Gerard P. Kuiper Astronomer

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Dirk Jan Struik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Dirk Jan Struik Mathematician

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Antonie Pannekoek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Antonie Pannekoek Astronomer

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Johan Rudolph Thorbecke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Johan Rudolph Thorbecke Politician, Professor, Civil servant

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Bart Bok is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Bart Bok Mathematician, Astronomer

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Willem 's Gravesande is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Willem 's Gravesande Mathematician, Physicist

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Adriaen van der Donck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Adriaen van der Donck Lawyer

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Nicolaes Tulp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Nicolaes Tulp Politician, Physician, Surgeon

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Hendrik Casimir is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Hendrik Casimir Physicist

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Martinus Beijerinck is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni