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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 ( (listen); July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist who served as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to ...more

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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist
Enrico Fermi (Italian: [enˈriːko ˈfermi]; 29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian and naturalized-American physicist and the creator of the world's first nuclear reactor, the ...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 (24 September 1625 – 20 August 1672) was a Dutch statesman and a major political figure in the Dutch Republic in the mid-17th century, when its flourishing sea trade in a period of ...more
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John Pringle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Physician
John Pringle may refer to: John Pringle, Lord Haining (c. 1674–1754), Scottish landowner, judge and politician, shire commissioner for Selkirk 1702–07, MP for Selkirkshire 1708–29, Lord of ...more
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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 (; Dutch: [aːˈjaːn ˈɦiːrsi ˈaːli] (listen); Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali Arabic: أيان حرسي علي / ALA-LC: Ayān Ḥirsī 'Alī; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan, 13 November 1969) is a Somali-born ...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 (Dutch: [ˈpʌu̯l vərˈɦuvə(n)]; born 18 July 1938) is a Dutch director, screenwriter and film producer. Active in both the Netherlands and Hollywood, Verhoeven's blending of graphic ...more

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H. A. Sinclair de Rochem... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Journalist
Hugues Alexandre Sinclair de Rochemont (Hilversum, January 6, 1901 – March 13, 1942) was a Dutch fascist and later a collaborator with the Nazis. Whilst studying Indology at Leiden University, ...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: [dɔlbak]) (8 December 1723 – 21 January 1789), was a French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist and prominent figure in the French Enlightenment. ...more
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Herman Philipse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Philosopher
Herman Philipse (born 13 May 1951) is a professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Philipse taught at Leiden University from 1986 until 2003 where he obtained his ...more
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Charlene de Carvalho-Hei... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Businessperson
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (born 30 June 1954) is a Dutch-English businesswoman and the owner of a 25% controlling interest in the world's second-largest brewer, Heineken International. She ...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 (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroːnɑlt ˈɦɑns ˈɑntɔn ˈplɑstɛrk]; born 12 April 1957) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) scientist and entrepreneur. He ...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 (also known as Albertus de Haller; 16 October 1708 – 12 December 1777) was a Swiss anatomist, physiologist, naturalist, encyclopedist, bibliographer and poet. A pupil of ...more
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Jacobus Henricus van 't ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Chemist
Jacobus Henricus "Henry" van 't Hoff, Jr. (Dutch: [vɑn (ə)t ˈɦɔf]; 30 August 1852 – 1 March 1911) was a Dutch physical chemist. A highly influential theoretical chemist of his time, ...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 Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren (born December 25, 1976) is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from South Holland. Since 2001, he has hosted A State of Trance, a weekly radio ...more

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Johannes Hevelius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Astronomer
Johannes Hevelius (in German also known as Hevel; Polish: Jan Heweliusz; (1611-01-28)28 January 1611 – 28 January 1687) was a councillor and mayor of Danzig (Gdańsk), Kingdom of Poland. As an ...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 (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmaːrijɵs ˈjɔp koːˈɦɛn]; born 18 October 1947) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and jurist.Cohen worked as researcher at the ...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 (; 19 October 1605 – 19 October 1682) was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, ...more
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Beatrix of the Netherlan... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbeːjaːtrɪks ˌʋɪlɦɛlˈminaː ˈʔɑrmɡɑrt] (listen); born 31 January 1938) is a member of the Dutch Royal House ...more
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Nicolas Steno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Anatomist, Geologist
Nicolas Steno (Danish: Niels Steensen; Latinized to Nicolaus Steno or Nicolaus Stenonius; 1 January 1638 – 25 November 1686 [NS: 11 January 1638 – 5 December 1686]) was a Danish scientist, a ...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 (born November 14, 1954) is a physicist and educator at Harvard University, and an entrepreneur in technology start-ups for the educational and technology markets. Mazur's research is ...more
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Abraham Kuyper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Philosopher
Abraham Kuijper (; Dutch: [ˈaːbraːɦɑm ˈkœypər]; 29 October 1837 – 8 November 1920), publicly known as Abraham Kuyper, was Prime Minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905, an influential ...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 (22 April 1707 – 8 October 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich, earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the picaresque novel Tom ...more
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Willebrord Snellius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer
Willebrord Snellius (born Willebrord Snel van Royen) (13 June 1580 – 30 October 1626) was a Dutch astronomer and mathematician, known in the English-speaking world as Snell. In the west, ...more
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Frits Bolkestein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Politician
Frederik "Frits" Bolkestein (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfreːdərɪk frɪdz ˈbɔlkəstɛi̯n] (listen); born 4 April 1933) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and ...more
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Adriaan Blaauw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Leiden University Alumni
Astronomer
Adriaan Blaauw (12 April 1914 – 1 December 2010) was a Dutch astronomer. Blaauw was born in Amsterdam to Cornelis Blaauw and Gesina Clasina Zwart, and studied at Leiden University and the ...more