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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Albert Schultens Dec. at 64 (1686-1750) Albert Schultens was a Dutch philologist.

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Andre Geim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
age 59 Sir Andre Konstantin Geim, FRS, HonFRSC, HonFInstP is a Soviet-born Dutch-British physicist working at the University of Manchester. Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with ...more

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Anton Eduard van Arkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 83 (1893-1976) Anton Eduard van Arkel, was a Dutch chemist. He suggested the names "pnictogen" and "pnictide".

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Anton van Leeuwenhoek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 91 (1632-1723) Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch tradesman and scientist. He is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best ...more

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Arend Joan Rutgers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 95 (1903-1998) Arend Joan Rutgers was a Dutch/Belgian physical chemist. Arend Joan Rutgers went to high school in Almelo, after which he studied chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. After he obtained his ...more

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Bernard D. H. Tellegen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 90 (1900-1990) Bernard D.H. Tellegen 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 theorem. He obtained a masters ...more

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Bert Metz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
age 72 Bert Metz is a Dutch climatologist. He was Co-chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III on mitigation on climate change for the third and fourth assessment report of ...more

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C. H. D. Buys Ballot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
C. H. D. Buys Ballot Dec. at 73 (1817-1890) Christophorus Henricus Diedericus Buys Ballot was a Dutch chemist and meteorologist after whom Buys Ballot's law and the Buys Ballot table are named.

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Coenraad Jacob Temminck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Coenraad Jacob Temminck Dec. at 80 (1778-1858) Coenraad Jacob Temminck was a Dutch aristocrat, zoologist, and museum director.

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Cornelius de Pauw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 60 (1739-1799) Cornelius Franciscus de Pauw or Cornelis de Pauw was a Dutch philosopher, geographer and diplomat at the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia.

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Ernst Cohen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 75 (1869-1944) Ernst Julius Cohen ForMemRS was a Dutch Jewish chemist known for his work on the allotropy of metals. Cohen studied chemistry under Svante Arrhenius in Stockholm, Henri Moissan at Paris, and ...more

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Felix Andries Vening Meinesz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 79 (1887-1966) Felix Andries Vening Meinesz was a Dutch geophysicist and geodesist. He is known for his invention of a precise method for measuring gravity. Thanks to his invention, it became possible to ...more

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Franciscus Gomarus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Franciscus Gomarus Dec. at 78 (1563-1641) Franciscus Gomarus was a Dutch theologian, a strict Calvinist and an opponent of the teaching of Jacobus Arminius, whose theological disputes were addressed at the Synod of Dort.

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Frits Zernike is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 78 (1888-1966) Frits Zernike was a Dutch physicist and winner of the Nobel prize for physics in 1953 for his invention of the phase contrast microscope, an instrument that permits the study of internal cell ...more

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Gerard de Zeeuw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Gerard de Zeeuw age 82 Gerard de Zeeuw is a Dutch scientist and professor Mathematical modelling of complex social systems at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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Germinal Pierre Dandelin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 53 (1794-1847) Germinal Pierre Dandelin was a mathematician, soldier, and professor of engineering.

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Gerrit Broekstra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Gerrit Broekstra age 76 Gerrit Broekstra, is a Dutch scientist and professor in the field of organization behavior and systems sciences at the Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam, Northwestern University, Chicago, and ...more

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Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 54 (1944-1998) Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau was a Dutch biomechanist. He made large contributions to the field of biomechanics, particularly muscle coordination, energetics of movement, and the functions of ...more

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Hans Freudenthal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 85 (1905-1990) Hans Freudenthal was a Dutch mathematician. He made substantial contributions to algebraic topology and also took an interest in literature, philosophy, history and mathematics education.

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Hendrik S. Houthakker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 84 (1924-2008) Hendrik Samuel Houthakker was a Jewish Dutch-American economist.

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Hendrik Tennekes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Hendrik Tennekes age 81 Hendrik Tennekes was the director of research at the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute, and was a Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He is known for his ...more

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Hendrik Zwaardemaker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Hendrik Zwaardemaker Dec. at 73 (1857-1930) Hendrik Zwaardemaker was a Dutch scientist who invented the olfactometer in 1888. From 1897 to 1927 he was professor of Experimental Physiology at the University of Utrecht. In addition to his ...more

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Hugo Brandt Corstius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 79 (1935-2014) Hugo Brandt Corstius was a Dutch author from Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, 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 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Isaac Beeckman Dec. at 49 (1588-1637) Isaac Beeckman was a Dutch philosopher and scientist, who, through his studies and contact with leading natural philosophers, may have "virtually given birth to modern atomism".

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Jan Hajek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
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 ...more

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Jan Hendrik Scholten is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Jan Hendrik Scholten Dec. at 74 (1811-1885) Jan Hendrik Scholten, Dutch Protestant theologian, was born at Vleuten near Utrecht. After studying at Utrecht University, he was appointed professor of theology in 1840 at Franeker. From ...more

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Jan Peter Balkenende is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
age 61 Jan Pieter "Jan Peter" Balkenende is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 22 July 2002 until 14 October 2010. He ...more

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Jan Schuurkes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Jan Schuurkes age 68 Jan A. J. Schuurkes is a Dutch biologist and gastrointestinal researcher.

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Johannes Bosscha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Johannes Bosscha Dec. at 80 (1831-1911) Johannes Bosscha Jr. was a Dutch physicist. Bosscha came from a family long known for their academic achievements. His great-grandfather and grandfather were classical scholars. His father, ...more

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Karel Voous is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Karel Voous Dec. at 82 (1920-2002) Karel Hendrik Voous PhD, MA was a Dutch ornithologist and author. He was Secretary-General and Honorary President of the International Ornithological Committee.

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Kees Schouhamer Immink is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
age 71 Kornelis Antonie Schouhamer Immink is a Dutch scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur, who pioneered and advanced the era of digital audio, video, and data recording, including popular digital ...more

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Leonard Ornstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 61 (1880-1941) Leonard Salomon Ornstein was a Dutch physicist.

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Loet Leydesdorff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Loet Leydesdorff age 69 Louis André Leydesdorff is a Dutch sociologist, cyberneticist and Professor in the Dynamics of Scientific Communication and Technological Innovation a the University of Amsterdam. He is ...more

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Marc de Vries is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Marc de Vries age 60 Prof. Dr. M.J. de Vries, is professor of Reformational Philosophy at the Delft University of Technology.

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Martinus Houttuyn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 78 (1720-1798) Maarten Houttuyn or Houttuijn Latinised as Martinus Houttuyn, was a Dutch naturalist. Houttuyn was born in Hoorn, studied medicine in Leiden and moved to Amsterdam in 1753. He published many ...more

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Metius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 64 (1571-1635) beroemd Nederlands wis- en sterrenkundige. Adriaan studeerde in Franeker (1589) en vanaf 1594 in Leiden bij Snellius. Daarna werkte hij korte tijd onder Tycho Brahe op de Uranienborg op het ...more

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Michael Lew is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Michael Lew age 52 Prof. Michael S. Lew is a scientist in multimedia information search and retrieval at Leiden University, Netherlands. He has published over a dozen books and 150 scientific articles in the areas ...more

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Michael van Langren is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 77 (1598-1675) Michael Florent van Langren was a Dutch astronomer and cartographer. His Latinized name is Langrenus.

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Paul Ehrenfest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 53 (1880-1933) Paul Ehrenfest was an Austrian and Dutch theoretical physicist, who made major contributions to the field of statistical mechanics and its relations with quantum mechanics, including the theory ...more

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Paul of Middelburg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Paul of Middelburg Dec. at 88 (1446-1534) Paul of Middelburg was a Flemish scientist and bishop of Fossombrone.

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Peter Debye is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Dec. at 82 (1884-1966) Peter Joseph William Debye ForMemRS was a Dutch-American physicist and physical chemist, and Nobel laureate in Chemistry.

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Petrus Scriverius is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Petrus Scriverius Dec. at 84 (1576-1660) Petrus Scriverius, the Latinized form of Peter Schrijver or Schryver, was a Dutch writer and scholar on the history of Holland and Belgium. He was born at Haarlem, and educated by Cornelis ...more

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Pier Vellinga is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Pier Vellinga age 67 Pier Vellinga is one of the Netherlands experts on the impacts of climate change.

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Pieter Burman the Elder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Pieter Burman the Elder Dec. at 73 (1668-1741) Pieter Burman, often called Burmann, and known as the Elder, to distinguish him from his nephew, was a Dutch classical scholar.

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Pieter van Musschenbroek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Pieter van Musschenbroek Dec. at 69 (1692-1761) Pieter van Musschenbroek was a Dutch scientist. He was a professor in Duisburg, Utrecht, and Leiden, where he held positions in mathematics, philosophy, medicine, and astrology. He is credited ...more

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René Diekstra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
René Diekstra age 69 René F.W. Diekstra is a Dutch psychologist. Apart from being a scientist, he is also well known as an author of popular psychology books. He is also the developer of many psychological ...more

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Ronald Plasterk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
age 58 Ronald Hans Anton Plasterk is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He is the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations since November 5, 2012 in the Cabinet Rutte II. He was Minister of ...more

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Simon Stevin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
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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Tijs Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Tijs Goldschmidt age 65 Paul-Tijs Goldschmidt is a Dutch writer and evolutionary biologist. Since 1 March 2012, Goldschmidt is writer in residence of the Artis Bibliotheek, which is part of the University of Amsterdam. ...more

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Zacharias Janssen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Scientists from the Netherlands
Zacharias Janssen Zacharias Janssen was a Dutch spectacle-maker from Middelburg associated with the invention of the first optical telescope. Janssen is sometimes also credited for inventing the first truly ...more