Famous People Of The 17th Century

The 17th century was a politically chaotic period in almost all parts of the world. Several great military conflicts took place including the Thirty Years' War, the Great Turkish War, and the Dutch-Portuguese War which led to the emergence of military leaders like Gustav II Adolf and Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna, and other important political personnel like John III Sobieski and Mehmed IV. European politics were majorly controlled by Louis XIV and the period marked in earnest the European colonization of the Americas. The 17th century was also an important one in the scientific field. It saw the birth of Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. Pierre de Fermat, Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton, and Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz were also prominent scientists born in this era. The world of music and fine arts was enriched by the birth of the likes of Dieterich Buxtehude, Danish-German composer and Francesco Cavalli, Venetian opera composer. Artists like André Le Nôtre, Jan Steen, and Johannes Vermeer were also born in this era. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous people of the 17th century.

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 1 Akbar

Akbar.
19
Famous As: Mughal Emperor
Birthdate: October 14, 1542
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Umarkot, Pakistan
Died: October 27, 1605
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 2 Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton.
25
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: January 4, 1643
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: March 31, 1727

 3 Charles I of England

Charles I of England.
7
Famous As: King of England
Birthdate: November 19, 1600
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dunfermline Palace, Dunfermline, Scotland
Died: January 30, 1649
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 4 Anne, Queen of Great Britain

Anne, Queen of Great Britain.
9
Famous As: Queen of Britan
Birthdate: February 6, 1665
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St James's Palace, Westminster, England
Died: August 1, 1714
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 5 Charles II

Charles II.
7
Famous As: King of England, Scotland & Ireland
Birthdate: May 29, 1630
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St James's Palace
Died: February 6, 1685

 6 Aurangzeb

Aurangzeb.
14
Famous As: Mughal Emperor
Birthdate: November 4, 1618
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dahod
Died: March 3, 1707

 7 Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei.
7
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: February 15, 1564
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: January 8, 1642
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 8 Guru Tegh Bahadur

Guru Tegh Bahadur.
66
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Ninth Sikh Guru
Birthdate: April 1, 1621
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: November 24, 1675

 9 Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell.
9
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: English Statesman
Birthdate: April 25, 1599
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, Kingdom of England
Died: September 3, 1658

 10 Shivaji

Shivaji.
9
Famous As: King
Birthdate: February 19, 1630
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shivneri
Died: April 3, 1680
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 11 George I of Great Britain

George I of Great Britain.
5
Famous As: King of Britain
Birthdate: May 28, 1660
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: June 11, 1727

 12 George II of Great Britain

George II of Great Britain.
5
Famous As: Former King of Great Britain & Ireland
Birthdate: October 30, 1683
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: October 25, 1760

 13 Blackbeard

Blackbeard.
4
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: November 22, 1718

 14 Charles II of Spain

Charles II of Spain.
1
Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: November 6, 1661
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid
Died: November 1, 1700

 15 William III of England

William III of England.
3
Famous As: King of England
Birthdate: November 4, 1650
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Binnenhof, South Holland
Died: March 8, 1702

 16 John Locke

John Locke.
11
Famous As: Father of Classical Liberalism
Birthdate: August 29, 1632
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wrington, Somerset, England
Died: October 28, 1704

 17 Peter the Great

Peter the Great.
1
Famous As: First Emperor of Russia
Birthdate: June 9, 1672
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: February 8, 1725
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)

 18 James II of England

James II of England.
3
Famous As: King of England
Birthdate: October 14, 1633
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Died: September 16, 1701

 19 Sasaki Kojirō

Sasaki Kojirō
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Swordsman
Birthdate: 1575 AD
Birthplace: Fukui, Japan
Died: April 13, 1612

 20 Kösem Sultan

Kösem Sultan
1
Famous As: Ottoman sultana
Birthdate: 1589 AD
Birthplace: Tinos, Republic of Venice (currently the territory of Greece)
Died: September 2, 1651

 21 Rembrandt

Rembrandt.
1
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 4, 1669

 22 John Milton

John Milton.
6
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the Commonwealth of England.
Birthdate: December 9, 1608
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheapside, City of London, United Kingdom
Died: November 8, 1674

 23 Henry IV of France

Henry IV of France.
3
Famous As: King of France (1589-1610)
Birthdate: December 13, 1553
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: May 14, 1610

 24 Ahmed I

Ahmed I.
1
Famous As: Ottoman Emperor
Birthdate: April 18, 1590
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manisa, Turkey
Died: November 22, 1617

 25 Guru Gobind Singh

Guru Gobind Singh.
2
Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: December 22, 1666
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Patna
Died: October 7, 1708

 26 Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza.
3
Famous As: Dutch philosopher
Birthdate: November 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic
Died: February 21, 1677

 27 Tokugawa Ieyasu

Tokugawa Ieyasu.
5
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: January 31, 1543
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Okazaki Castle, Mikawa (now Okazaki, Japan)
Died: June 1, 1616

 28 Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes.
4
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 5, 1588
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westport, Wiltshire, England
Died: December 4, 1679

 29 Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer.
2
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 30, 1632
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: November 30, 1675

 30 Louis XIII of France

Louis XIII of France.
1
Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: September 27, 1601
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Château de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France
Died: May 14, 1643

 31 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi.
2
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

 32 Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal.
1
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 19, 1623
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died: August 19, 1662

 33 Philippe I, Duke of Orléans

Philippe I, Duke of Orléans.
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Son of Louis XIII of France
Birthdate: September 21, 1640
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: June 9, 1701

 34 Murad IV

Murad IV.
1
Famous As: Ottoman Sultan
Birthdate: July 26, 1612
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died: February 8, 1640

 35 Sambhaji

Sambhaji
6
Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: May 14, 1657
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Purandar fort, India
Died: March 11, 1689

 36 Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler.
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Astronomer, Mathematician & Physicist
Birthdate: December 27, 1571
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Weil der Stadt, Germany
Died: November 15, 1630

 37 Henry Every

Henry Every.
1
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: August 23, 1659
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newton Ferrers, England
Died: April 22, 1699

 38 Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire

Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire
0
Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: November 4, 1615
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: August 18, 1648

 39 Malhar Rao Holkar

Malhar Rao Holkar
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 16, 1693
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jejuri
Died: April 20, 1766

 40 Maria Theresa of Spain

Maria Theresa of Spain.
0
Famous As: Queen of France and Navarre (1660-1683)
Birthdate: September 10, 1638
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Died: July 30, 1683

 41 Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke.
4
Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 28, 1635
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Died: March 3, 1703

 42 Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope.
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 21, 1688
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: May 30, 1744

 43 Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift.
4
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist & Satirist
Birthdate: November 30, 1667
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 19, 1745

 44 Nur Jahan

Nur Jahan
1
Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: May 31, 1577
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died: December 18, 1645

 45 John Smith

John Smith.
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: January 6, 1580
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: June 21, 1631

 46 Cardinal Richelieu

Cardinal Richelieu.
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Clergyman, Statesman
Birthdate: September 9, 1585
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 4, 1642

 47 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.
0
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: October 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: August 26, 1723

 48 Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe.
1
Famous As: Novelist, Journalist & Merchant
Birthdate: September 13, 1660
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 24, 1731

 49 Christina, Queen of Sweden

Christina, Queen of Sweden
2
Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: December 18, 1626
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tre Kronor
Died: April 19, 1689

 50 William Penn

William Penn.
1
Famous As: Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
Birthdate: October 14, 1644
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 30, 1718