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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Eric Walter Elst is a Belgian astronomer and a prolific discoverer of asteroids, with over 3,000 discovered so far. Notable discoveries include the Apollo asteroid 4486 Mithra, the ...more

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Henri Debehogne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Henri Debehogne Dec. at 79 (1928-2007) Henri Debehogne was a Belgian astronomer. He was born at Maillen. Debehogne worked at the Observatoire Royal de Belgique in Uccle, and specialized in astrometry of comets and asteroids. He ...more

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Léon Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Léon Rosenfeld Dec. at 70 (1904-1974) 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 ...more

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René-François de Sluse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 63 (1622-1685) René-François Walter de Sluse was a Walloon mathematician and churchman, who served as the canon of Liège and abbot of Amay.

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Gerardus Mercator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 82 (1512-1594) Gerardus Mercator was a cartographer, philosopher and mathematician. He is best known for his work in cartography, in particular the world map of 1569 based on a new projection which represented ...more

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Léon Van Hove is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 66 (1924-1990) Léon Charles Prudent Van Hove was a Belgian physicist and a former Director General of CERN. He developed a scientific career spanning mathematics, solid state physics, elementary ...more

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Ilya Prigogine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 86 (1917-2003) Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine was a Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility.

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Pierre Pestieau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
age 74 Pierre Pestieau 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, Pierre Pestieau has had over ...more

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Roland Mortier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Roland Mortier age 97 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 ...more

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Gilbert Stork is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
age 96 Gilbert Stork is a U.S. organic chemist. He is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University. The Stork enamine synthesis is named in his honor.

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Adolphe Quetelet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 78 (1796-1874) Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet was a Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist. He founded and directed the Brussels Observatory and was influential in introducing ...more

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Simon Stevin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 72 (1548-1620) Simon Stevin was a Flemish mathematician, physicist and military engineer. He was active in a great many areas of science and engineering, both theoretical and practical. He also translated ...more

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Ingrid Daubechies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
age 63 Baroness Ingrid Daubechies is a Belgian physicist and mathematician. Between 2004 and 2011 she was the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in the mathematics and applied mathematics departments at ...more

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Désiré van Monckhoven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 48 (1834-1882) Désiré Charles Emanuel van Monckhoven 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 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 77 (1893-1970) Marcel Gilles Jozef Minnaert was a Dutch astronomer of Belgian origin. He was born in Bruges and died in Utrecht.

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Michael van Langren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 77 (1598-1675) Michael Florent van Langren was a Dutch astronomer and cartographer. His Latinized name is Langrenus.

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George Van Biesbroeck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 94 (1880-1974) George A. Van Biesbroeck was a Belgian-American astronomer. He worked at observatories in Belgium, Germany and the United States. He specialized in the observation of double stars, asteroids and ...more

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François Englert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
age 85 François Baron Englert is a Belgian theoretical physicist and 2013 Nobel prize laureate. He is Professor emeritus at the Université libre de Bruxelles where he is member of the ...more

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Germinal Pierre Dandelin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 53 (1794-1847) Germinal Pierre Dandelin was a mathematician, soldier, and professor of engineering.

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Eugène Joseph Delporte is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 73 (1882-1955) Eugène Joseph Delporte was a Belgian astronomer born in Genappe. He discovered a total of sixty-six asteroids. Notable discoveries include 1221 Amor and the Apollo asteroid 2101 Adonis. ...more

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Henri Pirenne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 73 (1862-1935) Henri Pirenne was a Belgian historian. A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history of Belgium in French and became a national hero. He also became prominent in the ...more

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Robert Cailliau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
age 71 Robert Cailliau is a Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist. Cailliau helped Tim Berners-Lee develop the World Wide Web.

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Paul Janssen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 77 (1926-2003) Paul Adriaan Jan, Baron Janssen was the founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, a pharmaceutical company with over 20,000 employees.

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Paul Otlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 76 (1868-1944) Paul Marie Ghislain Otlet was a Belgian author, entrepreneur, visionary, lawyer and peace activist; he is one of several people who have been considered the father of information science, a ...more

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Eugène Charles Catalan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 80 (1814-1894) Eugène Charles Catalan was a French and Belgian mathematician.

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Constantin Le Paige is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 77 (1852-1929) Constantin Marie Le Paige was a Belgian mathematician. Born in Liège, Belgium, Le Paige began studying mathematics in 1869 at the University of Liège. After studying analysis under ...more

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Alexis Jacquemin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 66 (1938-2004) Alexis Jacquemin was a Belgian economist. He received his PhD at the Université de Liège, and became a professor at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in 1974. In 1983, he was ...more

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Anselmus de Boodt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 82 (1550-1632) Anselmus de Boodt or Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt was a Flemish humanist, mineralogist, physician and naturalist. Along with the German known as Georgius Agricola, de Boodt was responsible for ...more

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Jean-Charles Houzeau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 68 (1820-1888) Jean-Charles Houzeau de Lehaie was a Belgian astronomer and journalist.

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Sylvain Arend is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Sylvain Arend Dec. at 90 (1902-1992) Sylvain Julien Victor Arend was a Belgian astronomer born in Robelmont, Luxembourg province, Belgium. His main interest was astrometry. Together with Georges Roland, he discovered the bright ...more

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Kevin De Cock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Kevin M. De Cock, M.D., F.R.C.P., D.T.M. & H., is Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s country mission in Kenya. He has previously served as the team lead for ...more

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Rembert Dodoens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 68 (1517-1585) Rembert Dodoens was a Flemish physician and botanist, also known under his Latinized name Rembertus Dodonaeus.

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Franz Cumont is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 79 (1868-1947) Franz-Valéry-Marie Cumont was a Belgian archaeologist and historian, a philologist and student of epigraphy, who brought these often isolated specialties to bear on the syncretic mystery ...more

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Edouard Van Beneden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 64 (1846-1910) Édouard Joseph Louis Marie Van Beneden, son of Pierre-Joseph Van Beneden, was a Belgian embryologist, cytologist and marine biologist. He was professor of zoology at the University of ...more

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Elliot Pinhey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 90 (1910-2000) Elliot Charles Gordon Pinhey was an entomologist who worked in Africa and specialised in African Lepidoptera and Odonata. Born of British parents on holiday in Belgium, Pinhey made major ...more

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Charles Jean de la Vallée-Pous... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 96 (1866-1962) Charles-Jean Étienne Gustave Nicolas de la Vallée Poussin was a Belgian mathematician. He is most well known for proving the Prime number theorem. The king of Belgium ennobled him ...more

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Marcel Pourbaix is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 94 (1904-1998) Marcel Pourbaix was born on 16 September 1904 in Myshega, where his father was a consultant on an engineering project. A brilliant chemist, he performed his most well known research at the ...more

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Godefroy Wendelin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 87 (1580-1667) Govaert Wendelen, Latinized Godefridus Wendelinus, or sometimes Vendelinus was a Flemish astronomer. His first name is variously given as Godefroy, Godefroid or Gottfried, his surname as ...more

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André Dumont is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 48 (1809-1857) André Hubert Dumont was a Belgian geologist. Dumont was born in Liège. His first work was a masterly Mémoire on the geology of the province of Liège published in ...more

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Carolus Clusius is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 83 (1526-1609) Charles de l'Écluse, L'Escluse, or Carolus Clusius, seigneur de Watènes, was a Flemish doctor and pioneering botanist, perhaps the most influential of all 16th-century scientific

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Chaïm Perelman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 72 (1912-1984) Chaïm Perelman was a Polish-born philosopher of law, who studied, taught, and lived most of his life in Brussels. He was among the most important argumentation theorists of the twentieth ...more

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Fernand Rigaux is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Fernand Rigaux was a Belgian astronomer who observed at the Royal Observatory at Uccle, Belgium. In 1951, he co-discovered the periodic comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux with his colleague Sylvain Arend. ...more

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Albert Claude is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 84 (1899-1983) Albert Claude was a Belgian medical doctor and cell biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 with Christian de Duve and George Emil Palade. His elementary education ...more

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Corneille Heymans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 76 (1892-1968) Corneille Jean François Heymans was a Flemish physiologist. He studied at the prestigious Jesuit College of Sainte Barbe after which he proceeded to Ghent University, where he obtained a ...more

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Joseph Plateau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 82 (1801-1883) Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau was a Belgian physicist. He was the first person to demonstrate the illusion of a moving image. To do this he used counter rotating disks with repeating drawn ...more

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Jean Bricmont is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
age 65 Jean Bricmont is a Belgian theoretical physicist, philosopher of science and a professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. He works on renormalization group and nonlinear ...more

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Herman Van Breda is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 63 (1911-1974) Herman Leo Van Breda was a Franciscan, philosopher and founder of the Husserl Archives at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. On 19 August 1934, ...more

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Henri La Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Dec. at 89 (1854-1943) Henri La Fontaine, was a Belgian international lawyer and president of the International Peace Bureau. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1913.

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Thierry Pauwels is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
Thierry Pauwels age 61 Thierry Pauwels is a Belgian astronomer from the Royal Observatory of Belgium. Between 1996 and 2008 he discovered 96 minor planets and co-discovered 9. This makes him one of the top 100 minor ...more

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Christine Van Broeckhoven is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Scientists from Belgium
age 64 Christine Van Broeckhoven is a Belgian molecular biologist and professor in Molecular genetics at the University of Antwerp. She is also leading the VIB Department of Molecular Genetics, ...more