Famous Scientists from the Netherlands

List of notable or famous scientists from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in the Netherlands and even some popular scientists who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch 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 the Netherlands is included when available.

List features people like Andre Geim, Peter Debye and more!

This historic scientists from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous scientists from the Netherlands?" These prominent scientists of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch scientists.

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    Albert Schultens

    Dec. at 64 (1686-1750)

    BirthplaceGroningen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Albert Schultens (22 August 1686 – 26 January 1750) was a Dutch philologist.  ...more
  • 2
    Age: 63

    BirthplaceSochi, Krasnodar, Russia

    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  ...more
  • 3
    Dec. at 82 (1893-1976)

    Birthplace's-Gravenzande, Netherlands

    Anton Eduard van Arkel, ('s-Gravenzande Netherlands, 19 November 1893 – Leiden, 14 March 1976) was a Dutch chemist. He suggested the names "pnictogen" and "pnictide".Van Arkel became member of the  ...more
  • 4
    Dec. at 90 (1632-1723)

    BirthplaceDelft, Netherlands

    Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek ( AHN-tə-nee vahn LAY-vən-hook, -⁠huuk, Dutch: [ɑnˈtoːni vɑn ˈleːuə(n)ˌɦuk] (listen); 24 October 1632 – 26 August 1723) was a Dutch businessman and scientist in the  ...more

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  • 5
    Dec. at 94 (1903-1998)
    Arend Joan Rutgers (October 20, 1903 in Almelo, Netherlands – September 2, 1998 in Almen) was a Dutch/Belgian physical chemist. Arend Joan Rutgers went to high school in Almelo, after which he  ...more
  • 6
    Dec. at 90 (1900-1990)

    BirthplaceWinschoten, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Bernard D.H. Tellegen (24 June 1900 – 30 August 1990) was a Dutch electrical engineer and inventor of the pentode and the gyrator. He is also known for a theorem in circuit theory, Tellegen's  ...more
  • 7
    Age: 76
    Bert Metz (born 15 August 1945, The Hague) is a Dutch climate policy expert. He was Co-chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III on mitigation on climate change for  ...more
  • 8

    C. H. D. Buys Ballot

    Dec. at 72 (1817-1890)

    BirthplaceKloetinge, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Christophorus Henricus Diedericus Buys Ballot (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbœys ˈbɑlɔt]; October 10, 1817 – February 3, 1890) was a Dutch chemist and meteorologist after whom Buys Ballot's law and the  ...more
  • 9

    Coenraad Jacob Temminck

    Dec. at 79 (1778-1858)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Coenraad Jacob Temminck (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkunraːt ˈjaːkɔp ˈtɛmɪŋk]; 31 March 1778 – 30 January 1858) was a Dutch aristocrat, zoologist, and museum director.  ...more
  • 10
    Dec. at 59 (1739-1799)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Cornelius Franciscus de Pauw or Cornelis de Pauw (Corneille de Pauw in French; 18 August 1739 — 5 July 1799) was a Dutch philosopher, geographer and diplomat at the court of Frederick the Great of  ...more
  • 11
    Dec. at 74 (1869-1944)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Ernst Julius Cohen ForMemRS (March 7, 1869 – March 6, 1944) was a Dutch Jewish chemist known for his work on the allotropy of metals. Cohen studied chemistry under Svante Arrhenius in Stockholm,  ...more
  • 12
    Dec. at 79 (1887-1966)

    BirthplaceNetherlands, South Holland, The Hague, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Felix Andries Vening Meinesz (30 July 1887 – 10 August 1966) was a Dutch geophysicist and geodesist. He is known for his invention of a precise method for measuring gravity. Thanks to his invention,  ...more
  • 13

    Franciscus Gomarus

    Dec. at 77 (1563-1641)

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Franciscus Gomarus (François Gomaer; 30 January 1563, – 11 January 1641) was a Dutch theologian, a strict Calvinist and an opponent of the teaching of Jacobus Arminius (and his followers), whose  ...more
  • 14
    Dec. at 77 (1888-1966)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Frits Zernike (Dutch pronunciation: [frɪts ˈzɛrnikə]; 16 July 1888 – 10 March 1966) was a Dutch physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize for physics in 1953 for his invention of the phase-contrast  ...more
  • 15

    Gerard de Zeeuw

    Age: 85
    Gerard de Zeeuw (born 11 March 1936) is a Dutch scientist and Emeritus professor Mathematical modelling of complex social systems at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is known for  ...more
  • 16
    Dec. at 52 (1794-1847)


    Germinal Pierre Dandelin (12 April 1794 – 15 February 1847) was a mathematician, soldier, and professor of engineering.  ...more
  • 17

    Gerrit Broekstra

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceAlkmaar, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Gerrit Broekstra (born 1 August 1941, Alkmaar, Netherlands), is a Dutch scientist and professor in the field of organization behavior and systems sciences at the Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam,  ...more
  • 18
    Dec. at 53 (1944-1998)
    Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau (13 September 1944, Leiden – 2 April 1998, Weteringbrug) was a Dutch biomechanist. He made large contributions to the field of biomechanics, particularly muscle  ...more
  • 19
    Dec. at 85 (1905-1990)

    BirthplaceLuckenwalde, Germany

    Hans Freudenthal (17 September 1905 – 13 October 1990) was a Jewish-German-born Dutch mathematician. He made substantial contributions to algebraic topology and also took an interest in literature,  ...more
  • 20
    Dec. at 83 (1924-2008)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Hendrik Samuel Houthakker (December 31, 1924 – April 15, 2008) was a prominent American economist.  ...more
  • 21

    Hendrik Tennekes

    Age: 84


    Hendrik (Henk) Tennekes (born December 13, 1936, Kampen) was the director of research at the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, or KNMI), and was a  ...more
  • 22

    Hendrik Zwaardemaker

    Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)

    BirthplaceHaarlem, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Hendrik Zwaardemaker ((1857-05-10)10 May 1857 in Haarlem – (1930-09-19)19 September 1930 in Utrecht) was a Dutch scientist who invented the olfactometer in 1888.From 1897 to 1927 he was professor of  ...more
  • 23
    Dec. at 78 (1935-2014)
    Hugo Brandt Corstius (29 August 1935 – 28 February 2014) was a Dutch author, known for his achievements in both literature and science.In 1970, he was awarded a PhD on the subject of computational  ...more
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    Isaac Beeckman

    Dec. at 48 (1588-1637)

    BirthplaceMiddelburg, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Isaac Beeckman (10 December 1588 – 19 May 1637) was a Dutch philosopher and scientist, who, through his studies and contact with leading natural philosophers, may have "virtually given birth to  ...more
  • 25

    Jan Hajek

    Jan Hajek is a Czech scientist and mathematician, living in the Netherlands. He participated in the creation of the TCP/IP protocol. He also created 'Approver' "which was probably the first tool for  ...more