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Famous Scientists from Belgium

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

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    Eric Walter Elst (born 1936) is a Belgian astronomer at the Observatory at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Uccle and a prolific discoverer of asteroids. The Minor Planet Center ranks him among...  more
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    Henri Debehogne

    Dec. at 79 (1928-2007)
    Henri Debehogne (30 December 1928 – 9 December 2007) was a Belgian astronomer and a prolific discoverer of minor planets....  more
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    Léon Rosenfeld

    Dec. at 70 (1904-1974)

    BirthplaceCharleroi, Belgium

    BirthplaceCharleroi, Belgium

    Léon Rosenfeld was a Belgian physicist. He obtained a PhD at the University of Liège in 1926, and he was a collaborator of the physicist Niels Bohr. He did early work in quantum electrodynamics that...  more
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    René-François de Sluse

    Dec. at 63 (1622-1685)

    BirthplaceVisé, Belgium

    BirthplaceVisé, Belgium

    René-François Walter de Sluse (French: [də slyz]; also Renatius Franciscus Slusius or Walther de Sluze; 2 July 1622 – 19 March 1685) was a Walloon mathematician and churchman, who served as the canon...  more
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    Gerardus Mercator

    Dec. at 82 (1512-1594)

    BirthplaceRupelmonde, Belgium

    BirthplaceRupelmonde, Belgium

    Gerardus Mercator (; 5 March 1512 – 2 December 1594) was a 16th-century geographer, cosmographer and cartographer from Flanders. He is most renowned for creating the 1569 world map based on a new...  more
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    Léon Van Hove

    Dec. at 66 (1924-1990)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    Léon Charles Prudent Van Hove (10 February 1924 – 2 September 1990) was a Belgian physicist and a former Director General of CERN. He developed a scientific career spanning mathematics, solid state...  more
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    Ilya Prigogine

    Dec. at 86 (1917-2003)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine (; Russian: Илья́ Рома́нович Приго́жин; 25 January [O.S. 12 January] 1917 – 28 May 2003) was a physical chemist and Nobel laureate noted for his work on...  more
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    BirthplaceBelgium

    BirthplaceBelgium

    Pierre Pestieau (born 1943 in Froidchapelle) is a Belgian economist. Since receiving his B.A and M.A degrees in economics from the University of Louvain and then his PhD from Yale University,...  more
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    Roland Mortier

    Age: 99
    Roland Mortier is a Belgian scientist at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is a member of the Académie royale de Langue et de Littérature françaises de Belgique and the Académie des Sciences...  more
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    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    Gilbert Stork (December 31, 1921 – October 21, 2017) was an organic chemist. For a quarter of a century he was the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University. He is known...  more
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    Adolphe Quetelet

    Dec. at 78 (1796-1874)

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet FRSFor FRSE (pronounced [kətlɛ] (listen); 22 February 1796 – 17 February 1874) was a Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist. He founded and...  more
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    Simon Stevin

    Dec. at 72 (1548-1620)

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Simon Stevin (Dutch: [ˈsimɔn ˈsteːvɪn]; 1548–1620), sometimes called Stevinus, was a Flemish mathematician, physicist and military engineer. He made various contributions in many areas of science and...  more
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    BirthplaceHouthalen-Helchteren, Belgium

    BirthplaceHouthalen-Helchteren, Belgium

    Ingrid Daubechies ( doh-bə-SHEE; French: [dobʃi]; born 17 August 1954) is a Belgian physicist and mathematician. She is best known for her work with wavelets in image compression. Daubechies is one...  more
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    Désiré van Monckhoven

    Dec. at 48 (1834-1882)
    Désiré Charles Emanuel van Monckhoven (1834–1882) was a Belgian chemist, physicist, and photographic researcher. He was also an inventor and author. He wrote several of the earliest books on...  more
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    Marcel Minnaert

    Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Marcel Gilles Jozef Minnaert (12 February 1893 – 26 October 1970) was a Dutch astronomer of Belgian origin. He was born in Bruges and died in Utrecht. He is notable for his contributions to astronomy...  more
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    Michael van Langren

    Dec. at 77 (1598-1675)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Michael Florent van Langren (bapt. 27 April 1598 Amsterdam – May 1675 Brussels) was an astronomer and cartographer of the Low Countries in the service of the Spanish Monarchy. His Latinized name is...  more
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    George Van Biesbroeck

    Dec. at 94 (1880-1974)

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    George A. Van Biesbroeck (or Georges-Achille Van Biesbroeck, , January 21, 1880 – February 23, 1974) was a Belgian–American astronomer. He worked at observatories in Belgium, Germany and the United...  more
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    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium

    BirthplaceEtterbeek, Belgium

    François, Baron Englert (French: [ɑ̃ɡlɛʁ]; born 6 November 1932) is a Belgian theoretical physicist and 2013 Nobel prize laureate. He is Professor emeritus at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)...  more
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    Germinal Pierre Dandelin

    Dec. at 53 (1794-1847)

    BirthplaceFrance

    BirthplaceFrance

    Germinal Pierre Dandelin (12 April 1794 – 15 February 1847) was a mathematician, soldier, and professor of engineering....  more
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    Eugène Joseph Delporte

    Dec. at 73 (1882-1955)

    BirthplaceBelgium

    BirthplaceBelgium

    Eugène Joseph Delporte (10 January 1882 – 19 October 1955) was a Belgian astronomer born in Genappe.He discovered a total of sixty-six asteroids. Notable discoveries include 1221 Amor (which lent its...  more
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    Henri Pirenne

    Dec. at 73 (1862-1935)

    BirthplaceVerviers, Belgium

    BirthplaceVerviers, Belgium

    Henri Pirenne (French: [piʁɛn]; 23 December 1862 – 24 October 1935) was a Belgian historian. A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history of Belgium in French and became a...  more
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    BirthplaceTongeren, Belgium

    BirthplaceTongeren, Belgium

    Robert Cailliau (born 26 January 1947) is a Belgian informatics engineer, computer scientist and author who proposed the first (pre-www) hypertext system for CERN in 1987 and collaborated with Tim...  more
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    Paul Janssen

    Dec. at 77 (1926-2003)

    BirthplaceTurnhout, Belgium

    BirthplaceTurnhout, Belgium

    Paul Adriaan Jan, Baron Janssen (12 September 1926, Turnhout – 11 November 2003, Rome) was a Belgian physician. He was the founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, a pharmaceutical company with over 20,000...  more
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    Paul Otlet

    Dec. at 76 (1868-1944)

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    Paul Marie Ghislain Otlet (; French: [ɔtle]; 23 August 1868 – 10 December 1944) was a Belgian author, entrepreneur, visionary, lawyer and peace activist; he is one of several people who have been...  more
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    Eugène Charles Catalan

    Dec. at 80 (1814-1894)

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Eugène Charles Catalan (30 May 1814 – 14 February 1894) was a French and Belgian mathematician who worked on continued fractions, descriptive geometry, number theory and combinatorics. His notable...  more