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Famous Scientists from the Netherlands

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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.
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    Andre Geim

    Andre Geim

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceSochi, Krasnodar, Russia

    Sir Andre Konstantin Geim, FRS, HonFRSC, HonFInstP (born 21 October 1958) is a Dutch-British... more on Wikipedia
  • 3

    Anton Eduard van Arkel

    Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)

    Birthplace's-Gravenzande, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Anton Eduard van Arkel, ('s-Gravenzande Netherlands, 19 November 1893 – Leiden, 14 March 1976)... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Anton van Leeuwenhoek

    Anton van Leeuwenhoek

    Dec. at 91 (1632-1723)

    BirthplaceDelft, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek ( AHN-tə-nee vahn LAY-vən-hook, -⁠huuk, Dutch: [ɑnˈtoːni vɑn... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5

    Arend Joan Rutgers

    Dec. at 95 (1903-1998)
    Arend Joan Rutgers (October 20, 1903 in Almelo, Netherlands – September 2, 1998 in Almen) was... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Bernard D. H. Tellegen

    Bernard D. H. Tellegen

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 7

    Bert Metz

    Age: 75
    Bert Metz (born 15 August 1945, The Hague) is a Dutch climate policy expert. He was Co-chair... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    C. H. D. Buys Ballot

    C. H. D. Buys Ballot

    Dec. at 73 (1817-1890)

    BirthplaceKloetinge, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Christophorus Henricus Diedericus Buys Ballot (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbœys ˈbɑlɔt]; October... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Coenraad Jacob Temminck

    Coenraad Jacob Temminck

    Dec. at 80 (1778-1858)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Coenraad Jacob Temminck (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkunraːt ˈjaːkɔp ˈtɛmɪŋk]; 31 March 1778 – 30... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Cornelius de Pauw

    Cornelius de Pauw

    Dec. at 60 (1739-1799)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Cornelius Franciscus de Pauw or Cornelis de Pauw (Corneille de Pauw in French; 18 August 1739... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    Ernst Cohen

    Dec. at 75 (1869-1944)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Ernst Julius Cohen ForMemRS (March 7, 1869 – March 6, 1944) was a Dutch Jewish chemist known... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Felix Andries Vening Meinesz

    Felix Andries Vening Meinesz

    Dec. at 79 (1887-1966)

    BirthplaceThe Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Felix Andries Vening Meinesz (30 July 1887 – 10 August 1966) was a Dutch geophysicist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Franciscus Gomarus

    Franciscus Gomarus

    Dec. at 78 (1563-1641)

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Franciscus Gomarus (François Gomaer; 30 January 1563, – 11 January 1641) was a Dutch... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Frits Zernike

    Frits Zernike

    Dec. at 78 (1888-1966)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Frits Zernike (Dutch pronunciation: [frɪts ˈzɛrnikə]; 16 July 1888 – 10 March 1966) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Gerard de Zeeuw

    Age: 84
    Gerard de Zeeuw (born 11 March 1936) is a Dutch scientist and Emeritus professor Mathematical... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Germinal Pierre Dandelin

    Germinal Pierre Dandelin

    Dec. at 53 (1794-1847)


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

    Gerrit Broekstra

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceAlkmaar, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Gerrit Broekstra (born 1 August 1941, Alkmaar, Netherlands), is a Dutch scientist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau

    Dec. at 54 (1944-1998)
    Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau (13 September 1944, Leiden – 2 April 1998, Weteringbrug) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Hans Freudenthal

    Hans Freudenthal

    Dec. at 85 (1905-1990)

    BirthplaceLuckenwalde, Germany

    Hans Freudenthal (17 September 1905 – 13 October 1990) was a Jewish-German-born Dutch... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Hendrik S. Houthakker

    Dec. at 84 (1924-2008)

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

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

    Hendrik Tennekes

    Age: 83


    Hendrik (Henk) Tennekes (born December 13, 1936, Kampen) was the director of research at the... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Hendrik Zwaardemaker

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Hugo Brandt Corstius

    Dec. at 79 (1935-2014)

    BirthplaceEindhoven, Netherlands

    Hugo Brandt Corstius (29 August 1935 – 28 February 2014) was a Dutch author, known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Isaac Beeckman

    Dec. at 49 (1588-1637)

    BirthplaceMiddelburg, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Isaac Beeckman (10 December 1588 – 19 May 1637) was a Dutch philosopher and scientist, who,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Jan Hajek

    Jan Hajek is a Czech scientist and mathematician, living in the Netherlands. He participated... more on Wikipedia