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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
Politician, Diplomat, Attorney at law John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of ...more

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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Enrico Fermi was an Italian physicist, best known for his work on Chicago Pile-1, and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical ...more

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Johan de Witt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician, Politician Johan de Witt or Jan de Witt, heer van Zuid- en Noord-Linschoten, Snelrewaard, Hekendorp and IJsselveere was a key figure in Dutch politics in the mid-17th century, when its flourishing sea ...more

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John Pringle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physician Sir John Pringle, 1st Baronet, PRS was a Scottish physician who has been called the "father of military medicine".

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Activist, Politician, Film Producer Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American activist, writer, and politician. She is known for her views critical of female genital mutilation and Islam and supportive of women's rights and ...more

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Paul Verhoeven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, and producer who has made movies in the Netherlands and the United States. Explicit violent and/or sexual content and social satire are ...more

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H. A. Sinclair de Rochemont is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Journalist Hugues Alexandre Sinclair de Rochemont was a Dutch fascist and later a collaborator with the Nazis. Whilst studying Indology at Leiden University, he became associated with the rightist ...more

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Baron d'Holbach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Philosopher Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach French; was a French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist and a prominent figure in the French Enlightenment. He was born Paul Heinrich Dietrich in ...more

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Herman Philipse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Philosopher Herman Philipse is a professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. From 1986 until 2003, he taught at Leiden University, where he obtained his doctorate in 1983.

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Businessperson Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is the owner of a controlling interest in the world's third-largest brewer, Heineken International. She is one of Britain's richest women, with a net worth of $11 ...more

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Ronald Plasterk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Biologist, Politician, Professor Ronald Hans Anton Plasterk is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He is the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations since November 5, 2012 in the Cabinet Rutte II. He was Minister of ...more

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Albrecht von Haller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physiologist, Anatomist, Naturalist Albrecht von Haller was a Swiss anatomist, physiologist, naturalist and poet. A pupil of Herman Boerhaave, he is often referred to as "the father of modern physiology."

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Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Chemist Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Jr. was a Dutch physical and organic chemist and the first winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is best known for his discoveries in chemical kinetics, ...more

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Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Pianist Armin van Buuren is a Dutch trance music producer, DJ and radio personality. Since 2001, Van Buuren has hosted a weekly radio show called A State of Trance, which has 20 million weekly listeners ...more

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Johannes Hevelius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Astronomer Johannes Hevelius was a councillor and mayor of Gdańsk, then part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. As an astronomer he gained a reputation as "the founder of lunar topography" ...more

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Job Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician, Professor, Jurist Marius Job Cohen is a Dutch social democratic politician and former legal scholar. Cohen obtained his Master of Laws degree at the University of Groningen and his PhD at Leiden University. In ...more

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Thomas Browne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physician, Science writer, Writer Sir Thomas Browne was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric. Browne's writings ...more

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Beatrix of the Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Princess Beatrix reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in 2013. Princess Beatrix is the eldest daughter of Queen Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard of ...more

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Nicolas Steno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Anatomist, Geologist Nicolas Steno was a Danish scientist, a pioneer in both anatomy and geology who became Catholic bishop in his later years. Steno was trained in the classical texts on science; however, by 1659 ...more

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Eric Mazur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist, Professor, Science writer Eric Mazur is a physicist and educator at Harvard University, and an entrepreneur in technology start-ups for the educational and military markets. Mazur's research is in experimental ultrafast ...more

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Abraham Kuyper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Philosopher Abraham Kuijper, generally known as Abraham Kuyper, was a Dutch journalist, statesman and Neo-Calvinist theologian. He was a master organizer. He founded a new church, a newspaper, the Free ...more

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Henry Fielding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Justice of the Peace, Novelist, Barrister Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. Aside from his literary achievements, he ...more

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Willebrord Snellius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer 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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Frits Bolkestein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician Frederik "Frits" Bolkestein is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 16 January 1978, ...more

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Adriaan Blaauw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Astronomer 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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Nicolaas Bloembergen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist Nicolaas Bloembergen is a Dutch-American physicist and Nobel laureate. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Leiden under Cor Gorter in 1948; while pursuing his PhD at Harvard, ...more

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Edsger W. Dijkstra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist, Computer scientist Edsger Wybe Dijkstra was a Dutch computer scientist. He received the 1972 Turing Award for fundamental contributions to developing programming languages, and was the Schlumberger Centennial ...more

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Margaret Heckler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician, Diplomat Margaret Mary Heckler is a Republican politician from Massachusetts who served in the United States House of Representatives for eight terms, from 1967 until 1983 and was later the Secretary of ...more

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Hamengkubuwono IX is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician Hamengkubuwono IX or HB IX was the first Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, the second Vice President of Indonesia and the ninth Sultan of Yogyakarta during the rule of Suharto.

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Hendrik Lorentz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist Hendrik Antoon Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who shared the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for the discovery and theoretical explanation of the Zeeman effect. He also derived the ...more

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Peter Simon Pallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Botanist Peter Simon Pallas was a German zoologist and botanist who worked in Russia.

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Heinrich von Cocceji is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Jurist Heinrich Freiherr von Cocceji was a German jurist from Bremen. He studied in Leiden and Oxford and was appointed professor of law at Heidelberg and in Utrecht. Named Geheimrat and marquis, he ...more

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Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Horologist 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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Tjalling Koopmans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician, Economist Tjalling Charles Koopmans was a Dutch American mathematician and economist, the joint winner with Leonid Kantorovich of the 1975 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Groom of the Stool John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute KG, PC, styled Lord Mount Stuart before 1723, was a Scottish nobleman who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain under George III, and was arguably the last ...more

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Hermann Witsius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Hermann Witsius was a Dutch theologian.

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Robert Darwin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physician Dr Robert Waring Darwin, F.R.S. was an English medical doctor, who today is best known as the father of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He was a member of the influential Darwin-Wedgwood family.

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Ivo Opstelten is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Television presenter, Politician, Civil servant Ivo Willem Opstelten is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He served as Minister of Security and Justice in the Cabinets Rutte I and II from 14 October 2010 ...more

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Adriaan Fokker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist Adriaan Daniël Fokker was a Dutch physicist and musician.

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Bernhard Siegfried Albinus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Anatomist Bernhard Siegfried Albinus was a German-born Dutch anatomist. Albinus was born at Frankfurt an der Oder, where his father, Bernhard Albinus, was professor of the practice of medicine. In 1702 ...more

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Gerard P. Kuiper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Astronomer 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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Dirk Jan Struik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician Dirk Jan Struik was a Dutch mathematician and Marxian theoretician who spent most of his life in the United States.

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Antonie Pannekoek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Astronomer 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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Johan Rudolph Thorbecke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician, Professor, Civil servant Johan Rudolph Thorbecke was a Dutch politician and statesman of Liberal signature, one of the most important Dutch politicians of the 19th century. In 1848 he virtually single-handedly drafted ...more

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Bart Bok is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer 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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Willem 's Gravesande is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist Willem Jacob 's Gravesande was a Dutch lawyer and natural philosopher, chiefly remembered for developing experimental demonstrations of the laws of classical mechanics. As professor of ...more

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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 Adriaen Cornelissen van der Donck was a lawyer and landowner in New Netherland after whose honorific Jonkheer the city of Yonkers, New York is named. In addition to being the first lawyer in the ...more

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Nicolaes Tulp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician, Physician, Surgeon Nicolaes Tulp was a Dutch surgeon and mayor of Amsterdam. Tulp was well known for his upstanding moral character and as the subject of Rembrandt's famous painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr ...more

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Hendrik Casimir is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist Hendrik Brugt Gerhard Casimir ForMemRS was a Dutch physicist best known for his research on the two-fluid model of superconductors in 1934 and the Casimir effect in 1948.

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Martinus Beijerinck is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Botanist Martinus Willem Beijerinck was a Dutch microbiologist and botanist. Born in Amsterdam, Beijerinck studied at the Technical School of Delft, where he was awarded the degree of Chemical Engineer ...more