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Famous Leiden University Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 7.0k views223 items

List RulesPeople 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

    Politician, Diplomat
    John Quincy Adams ( (listen); July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman,...  more

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    Enrico Fermi

    Physicist, Scientist
    Enrico Fermi (Italian: [enˈriːko ˈfermi]; 29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian...  more

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    Johan de Witt

    Mathematician, Politician
    Johan de Witt (24 September 1625 – 20 August 1672) was a Dutch statesman and a major political...  more
  • 4

    John Pringle

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  • 5

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Activist, Politician
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali (; Dutch: [aːˈjaːn ˈɦiːrsi ˈaːli] (listen); Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali Arabic:...  more
  • 6

    Paul Verhoeven

    Television director, Film Producer
    Paul Verhoeven (Dutch: [ˈpʌu̯l vərˈɦuvə(n)]; born 18 July 1938) is a Dutch director,...  more

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    Hugues Alexandre Sinclair de Rochemont (Hilversum, January 6, 1901 – March 13, 1942) was a...  more
  • 8

    Baron d'Holbach

    Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach (French: [dɔlbak]) (8 December 1723 – 21 January 1789), was...  more
  • 9

    Herman Philipse

    Herman Philipse (born 13 May 1951) is a professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the...  more
  • 10
    Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (born 30 June 1954) is a Dutch-English businesswoman and the...  more
  • 11

    Ronald Plasterk

    Biologist, Politician
    Ronald Hans Anton Plasterk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroːnɑlt ˈɦɑns ˈɑntɔn ˈplɑstɛrk]; born 12...  more
  • 12

    Albrecht von Haller

    Physiologist, Anatomist
    Albrecht von Haller (also known as Albertus de Haller; 16 October 1708 – 12 December 1777) was...  more
  • 13
    Jacobus Henricus "Henry" van 't Hoff, Jr. (Dutch: [vɑn (ə)t ˈɦɔf]; 30 August 1852 – 1 March...  more
  • 14

    Armin van Buuren

    Record producer, Songwriter
    Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren (born December 25, 1976) is a Dutch DJ, record producer...  more

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  • 15
    Johannes Hevelius (in German also known as Hevel; Polish: Jan Heweliusz; (1611-01-28)28...  more
  • 16

    Job Cohen

    Politician, Professor
    Marius Job Cohen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmaːrijɵs ˈjɔp koːˈɦɛn]; born 18 October 1947) is a...  more
  • 17

    Thomas Browne

    Physician, Science writer
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  • 18
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  • 19

    Nicolas Steno

    Anatomist, Geologist
    Nicolas Steno (Danish: Niels Steensen; Latinized to Nicolaus Steno or Nicolaus Stenonius; 1...  more
  • 20

    Eric Mazur

    Physicist, Professor
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  • 21

    Abraham Kuyper

    Politician, Journalist
    Abraham Kuijper (; Dutch: [ˈaːbraːɦɑm ˈkœypər]; 29 October 1837 – 8 November 1920), publicly...  more
  • 22

    Henry Fielding

    Justice of the Peace, Novelist
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  • 23

    Willebrord Snellius

    Mathematician, Astronomer
    Willebrord Snellius (born Willebrord Snel van Royen) (13 June 1580 – 30 October 1626) was a...  more
  • 24
    Frederik "Frits" Bolkestein (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfreːdərɪk frɪdz ˈbɔlkəstɛi̯n] (listen);...  more
  • 25

    Adriaan Blaauw

    Adriaan Blaauw (12 April 1914 – 1 December 2010) was a Dutch astronomer. Blaauw was born in...  more