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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 collaborated on a short movie with Theo van Gogh, entitled Submission. Critical of Islam, it provoked

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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