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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Groningen and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of Groningen, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Groningen include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Groningen alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Groningen are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Groningen.

Items on this list include Pim Fortuyn and Wubbo Ockels.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Groningen?” and “Which celebrities are University of Groningen alumni?”

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Pim Fortuyn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Pim Fortuyn Politician, Professor, Author Wilhelmus Simon Petrus Fortuijn, known as Pim Fortuyn, was a Dutch politician, civil servant, sociologist, author and professor who formed his own party, Pim Fortuyn List in 2002. Fortuyn ...more

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Wubbo Ockels is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Wubbo Ockels Physicist, Astronaut Wubbo Johannes Ockels was a Dutch physicist and an astronaut of the European Space Agency. In 1985 he participated in a flight on a space shuttle, making him the first Dutch citizen in space. ...more

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Aletta Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Aletta Jacobs Physician Aletta Henriëtte Jacobs, better known as Aletta Jacobs was the first woman to complete a university course in the Netherlands and the first female physician. She was born to a Jewish ...more

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Job Cohen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Job Cohen Politician, Professor, Jurist Marius Job Cohen is a Dutch social democratic politician and former legal scholar. Cohen obtained his Master of Laws degree at the University of Groningen and his PhD at Leiden University. In ...more

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Wietse Venema is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Wietse Venema Computer scientist Wietse Zweitze Venema is a Dutch programmer and physicist best known for writing the Postfix email system. He also wrote TCP Wrapper and collaborated with Dan Farmer to produce the computer ...more

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Willem de Sitter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Willem de Sitter Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer Willem de Sitter was a Dutch mathematician, physicist and astronomer.

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Adriaan Blaauw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Adriaan Blaauw Astronomer Adriaan Blaauw was a Dutch astronomer. Blaauw was born in Amsterdam to Cornelis Blaauw and Gesina Clasina Zwart, and studied at Leiden University and the University of Groningen, obtaining his ...more

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Edwin van Calker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Edwin van Calker Bobsleigher, Athlete Edwin van Calker is a Dutch bobsledder who has competed since 2001. His best Bobsleigh World Cup finish was third in the two-man event at St. Moritz in January 2010. Van Calker's best finish at ...more

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Harm Kuipers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Harm Kuipers Speed Skater Harm Kuipers is a former speed skater from the Netherlands. Kuipers combined his sports careers with being a Medicine student at the University of Groningen. Preferring his studies over speed ...more

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Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes was a Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate. He exploited the Hampson-Linde cycle to investigate how materials behave when cooled to nearly absolute zero and later to liquefy ...more

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Hermann Witsius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Hermann Witsius Hermann Witsius was a Dutch theologian.

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Jan Oort is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Jan Oort Astronomer Jan Hendrik Oort ForMemRS was a Dutch astronomer who made significant contributions to the understanding of the Milky Way and who was a pioneer in the field of radio astronomy. His New York ...more

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Wim Duisenberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Wim Duisenberg Politician, Economist, Financier Willem Frederik "Wim" Duisenberg was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He was the first President of the European Central Bank from 1 July 1998 until 31 October 2003. He was ...more

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Bart Bok is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Bart Bok Mathematician, Astronomer Bartholomeus Jan "Bart" Bok was a Dutch-born American astronomer, teacher, and lecturer. He is best known for his work on the structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy, and for ...more

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Granville Elliott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Granville Elliott Major-General Granville Elliott, was a British military officer. He served with distinction in several other European armies and subsequently in the British Army. He fought at the Battle of ...more

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Hans Wijers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Hans Wijers Politician Gerardus Johannes Wijers is the former CEO of AkzoNobel. He is currently member of the Supervisory Board of Heineken NV, and will become Chairman in 2013. From 1994 until 1998 he was a minister ...more

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Hilbrand Nawijn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Hilbrand Nawijn Politician, Civil servant, Lawyer Hilbrand Pier Anne Nawijn is a Dutch politician of the Party for the Netherlands. He was Minister for Integration & Immigration from July 22, 2002 until May 27, 2003 and later a Member of ...more

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Johan Huizinga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Johan Huizinga Historian, Writer Johan Huizinga, was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history.

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Dirk Stikker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Dirk Stikker Politician, Diplomat Dirk Uipko Stikker, GBE, GCVO was a Dutch banker, industrialist, politician, and diplomat. Born in Winschoten, he studied law at the University of Groningen. After his studies he began a career ...more

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Jan Bennink is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Jan Bennink Businessperson Jan Bennink is a member of the Kraft Foods Board of Directors and was President and CEO of Royal Numico N.V., a market leader in infant and clinical nutrition, from May 2002 to October 2007.

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Maarten Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Maarten Schmidt Astronomer Maarten Schmidt is a Dutch astronomer who measured the distances of quasars. Born in Groningen, The Netherlands, Schmidt studied with Jan Hendrik Oort. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Leiden ...more

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Willem Johan Kolff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Willem Johan Kolff Physician Willem Johan "Pim" Kolff was a pioneer of hemodialysis as well as in the field of artificial organs. Willem is a member of the Kolff family, an old Dutch patrician family. He made his ...more

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Arie Slob is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Arie Slob Politician Arie Slob is a Dutch politician and former history teacher. He has been a member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the ChristianUnion party since November 19, 2002. Since April 28, 2011 ...more

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Floris Takens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Floris Takens Mathematician Floris Takens was a Dutch mathematician known for contributions to the theory of chaotic dynamical systems. Together with David Ruelle, he predicted that fluid turbulence could develop through a ...more

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Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma Mathematician Jurjen Ferdinand Koksma was a Dutch mathematician who specialized in analytic number theory. Koksma received his Ph.D. degree in 1930 at the University of Groningen under supervision of Johannes ...more

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Douwe Breimer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Douwe Breimer Douwe Durk Breimer is a Dutch pharmacologist and was both rector magnificus and president of the Executive Board of Leiden University, The Netherlands. Breimer studied pharmacology at the ...more

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Geert Hofstede is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Geert Hofstede Gerard Hendrik Hofstede is a Dutch social psychologist, former IBM employee, and Professor Emeritus of Organizational Anthropology and International Management at Maastricht University in the ...more

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Rein Jan Hoekstra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Rein Jan Hoekstra Politician Rein Jan Hoekstra was born in Dokkum. He graduated from the University of Groningen in 1965, majoring in Law. He has since worked as an attorney, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers in ...more

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Samuel van Houten is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Samuel van Houten Politician Samuel van Houten was a Dutch liberal politician. Van Houten was born in Groningen. He studied law at the University of Groningen, obtaining a degree in 1859. He then worked as a lawyer. In ...more

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Clemens Maria Franz von Bönnin... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Clemens Maria Franz von Bönninghausen Physician Clemens Maria Franz Freiherr von Bönninghausen was a lawyer, Dutch and Prussian civil servant, agriculturalist, botanist, physician and pioneer in the field of the homeopathy. He was ...more

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Monica Arac de Nyeko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Monica Arac de Nyeko Writer Monica Arac de Nyeko is a Ugandan writer of short fiction, poetry, and essays, living in Nairobi. In 2007 she became the first Ugandan to win the Caine Prize for African Writing, with her story ...more

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Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassa... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven Prince Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven is the eldest son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven. His godparents are Princess Christina ...more

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Jetta Klijnsma is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Jetta Klijnsma Politician Jellejetta Klijnsma is a Dutch politician. As a member of the Labour Party she was an MP from 2010 to 2012. She focused on matters of culture, senior citizens, disabled people and medical ...more

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Luuk Tinbergen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Luuk Tinbergen Luuk Tinbergen was a Dutch ornithologist and ecologist. Tinbergen was the youngest of three eminent brothers — both Jan and Nikolaas won Nobel Prizes, for economics and physiology or medicine, ...more

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Cornelis Hiddingh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Cornelis Hiddingh Lawyer Cornelis Hiddingh, RNL was a South African born Dutch lawyer and civil servant, who acted as special envoy to the Orange Free State and South African Republic in 1855–1856 and was consul general ...more

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Sofie van den Enk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Sofie van den Enk Sofie van den Enk is a Dutch television presenter who currently works for the KRO. Sofie graduated in 2006 from the University of Groningen and holds a master degree in American Studies. In ...more

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Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nass... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven is the second son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven. His godparents are Prince Bernhard of the ...more

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Joost Platje is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
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Bert Meijer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Bert Meijer Egbert W. Meijer is a distinguished Dutch professor of Chemistry in the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is active in the fields of supramolecular chemistry, materials chemistry and ...more

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Jan Woltjer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Jan Woltjer Jan Woltjer was a professor of Classical languages and literature at the VU University in Amsterdam. Woltjer, the son of a baker, started his career as an assistant teacher at a high school in ...more

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Klaas de Vries is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Klaas de Vries Politician, Civil servant, Teacher Klaas de Vries was a Dutch politician.

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Frank Nicholas Meyer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Frank Nicholas Meyer Frank Nicholas Meyer was an United States Department of Agriculture explorer who traveled to Asia to collect new plant species. He introduced 2,500 plants into the United States. The Meyer lemon ...more

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Andrius Baltuška is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Andrius Baltuška Andrius Baltuška is a Lithuanian physicist. Baltuška studied physics at the University of Vilnius later at the University of Amsterdam and received his Ph.D. from the University of Groningen in ...more

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Paul Fentener van Vlissingen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Paul Fentener van Vlissingen Paul Fentener van Vlissingen was a Dutch-British businessman and philanthropist. Ranked as the richest man in Scotland in 2005, he contributed to the development of game reserves in Africa and ...more

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Johannes Boersma is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Johannes Boersma Johannes Boersma was a Dutch mathematician who specialized in mathematical analysis. His Ph.D. advisor at the University of Groningen was Adriaan Isak van de Vooren.

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Epke Zonderland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Epke Zonderland Gymnast Epke Jan Zonderland OON is a Dutch gymnast and 2012 Olympics gold medalist in the high bar. He also won the 2013 World Championship and the 2014 World Championship on the high bar. His nicknames ...more

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Alexander de Savornin Lohman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Alexander de Savornin Lohman Lawyer Jkr. Alexander Frederik de Savornin Lohman was a Dutch politician and leader of the Christian Historical Union during the first quarter of the 20th century. He was a member of the lower Dutch ...more

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Henk G. Sol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Henk G. Sol Henk Gerard Sol is a Dutch organizational theorist and Professor of Business Engineering and ICT at Groningen University. His research focuses on the development of services enabled by ICT, ...more

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Willem B. Drees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Willem B. Drees Willem Bernard "Wim" Drees is a Dutch philosopher. He is the editor-in-chief of Zygon, Journal of Religion & Science. Drees has been the editor or co-editor of twenty books, ...more

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Tanja Nijmeijer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Groningen Alumni
Tanja Nijmeijer Tanja Nijmeijer is a Dutch terrorist fighter and former English teacher who has been a member of the Colombian guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia since 2002. She has also ...more