Famous Professors from the Netherlands

List of notable or famous professors from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top professors born in the Netherlands and even some popular professors who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch professors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These professors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known professor from the Netherlands is included when available.

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  • Albertus Dominicus Marcellinus Erasmus "Ab" Osterhaus (born 2 June 1948) is a leading Dutch virologist and influenza expert. An Emeritus Professor of Virology at Erasmus University Rotterdam since 1993, Osterhaus is known throughout the world for his work on SARS and H5N1, the pathogen that causes avian influenza.
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Abraham Pais
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    Abraham Pais (; May 19, 1918 – July 28, 2000) was a Dutch-American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities during World War II. When the Nazis began the forced relocation of Dutch Jews, he went into hiding, but was later arrested and saved only by the end of the war. He then served as an assistant to Niels Bohr in Denmark and was later a colleague of Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Pais wrote books documenting the lives of these two great physicists and the contributions they and others made to modern physics. He was a physics professor at Rockefeller University until his retirement.
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1918-2000)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Afshin Ellian (born 27 February 1966 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-Dutch professor of law, philosopher, poet, and critic of political Islam. He is an expert in international public law and philosophy of law.
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
  • Andre Geim
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    Sir Andre Konstantin Geim, FRS, HonFRSC, HonFInstP (born 21 October 1958) is a Dutch-British physicist working in England in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Konstantin Novoselov for his work on graphene. He is Regius Professor of Physics and Royal Society Research Professor at the National Graphene Institute. In addition to the 2010 Nobel Prize, he received an Ig Nobel Prize in 2000 for using the magnetic properties of water scaling to levitate a small frog with magnets. This makes him the first, and thus far only, person to receive both the prestigious science award and its tongue-in-cheek equivalent.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia
  • Arjen Lenstra
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    Arjen Klaas Lenstra (born 2 March 1956, Groningen) is a Dutch mathematician. He studied mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently a professor at the EPFL (Lausanne), in the Laboratory for Cryptologic Algorithms, and previously worked for Citibank and Bell Labs. Lenstra is active in cryptography and computational number theory, especially in areas such as integer factorization. With Mark Manasse, he was the first to seek volunteers over the internet for a large scale scientific distributed computing project. Such projects became more common after the Factorization of RSA-129 which was a high publicity distributed factoring success led by Lenstra along with Derek Atkins, Michael Graff and Paul Leyland. He was also a leader in the successful factorizations of several other RSA numbers. Lenstra was also involved in the development of the number field sieve. With coauthors, he showed the great potential of the algorithm early on by using it to factor the ninth Fermat number, which was far out of reach by other factoring algorithms of the time. He has since been involved with several other number field sieve factorizations including the current record, RSA-768. Lenstra's most widely cited scientific result is the first polynomial time algorithm to factor polynomials with rational coefficients in the seminal paper that introduced the LLL lattice reduction algorithm with Hendrik Willem Lenstra and László Lovász.Lenstra is also co-inventor of the XTR cryptosystem. Lenstra's brother Hendrik Lenstra is a professor in mathematics at Leiden University and his brother Jan Karel Lenstra is a former director of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). On 1 March 2005, Arjen Lenstra, Xiaoyun Wang, and Benne de Weger of Eindhoven University of Technology demonstrated construction of two X.509 certificates with different public keys and the same MD5 hash, a demonstrably practical hash collision. The construction included private keys for both public keys. Lenstra is the recipient of the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics 2008 Award.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Groningen, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Cornelis "Cees" Dekker (born April 7, 1959 in Haren, Groningen) is a Dutch physicist, and Distinguished University Professor at the Technical University of Delft. He is known for his research on carbon nanotubes, single-molecule biophysics, and nanobiology.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Haren, Groningen, Kingdom of the Netherlands