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.
Elizabeth I of EnglandElizabeth I of England
07 September 1533, British
Queen of England
Anne, Queen of Great BritainAnne, Queen of Great Britain
06 February 1665, British
Queen of Britan

Isaac NewtonIsaac Newton
04 January 1643, British
Physicist, Mathematician, Astronomer

Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638, French
King of France

Charles I of EnglandCharles I of England
19 November 1600, British
King of England, Scotland and Ireland

Oliver CromwellOliver Cromwell
25 April 1599, British
Military & Political Leader
Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei
15 February 1564, Italian
Astronomer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Rebel

14 October 1542, Indian
Mughal Emperor

George I of Great BritainGeorge I of Great Britain
28 May 1660, German
King of Britain

George II of Great BritainGeorge II of Great Britain
30 October 1683, German, British
Former King of Great Britain & Ireland
Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685, German

19 February 1627, Indian
Charles II of SpainCharles II of Spain
06 November 1661, Spanish

John LockeJohn Locke
29 August 1632, British
Father of Classical Liberalism

Philippe I, Duke of OrléansPhilippe I, Duke of Orléans
21 September 1640, French
Son of Louis XIII of France
William III of EnglandWilliam III of England
04 November 1650, Dutch
King of England

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04 November 1618, Indian
Mughal Emperor

James II Of England James II of England
14 October 1633, British
King of England

21 November 1694, French
Peter the GreatPeter the Great
09 June 1672, Russian
First Emperor of Russia

Elizabeth BáthoryElizabeth Báthory
07 August 1560, Hungarian
Countess, Serial Killer
15 July 1606, Dutch

Francis BaconFrancis Bacon
22 January 1561, British

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553, French
King of France, King of Navarre

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of MarlboroughSarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
05 June 1660, British
Close Friend of Queen Anne
Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal
19 June 1623, French
French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer
John MiltonJohn Milton
09 December 1608, British
Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the

Louis XIII of FranceLouis XIII of France
27 September 1601, French
King of France

Thomas HobbesThomas Hobbes
05 April 1588, British

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
22 December 1666, Indian
1542 AD, Indian
Akbar's Third Wife

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Robert HookeRobert Hooke
28 July 1635, British

Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de MaintenonFrançoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon
27 November 1635, French
Louis XIV of France's Wife

Baruch SpinozaBaruch Spinoza
24 November 1632, Dutch
Dutch philosopher

Abigail Masham, Baroness MashamAbigail Masham, Baroness Masham
1670 AD, British
Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
27 December 1571, German
Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer

Johannes VermeerJohannes Vermeer
31 October 1632, Dutch
Antonie van LeeuwenhoekAntonie van Leeuwenhoek
24 October 1632, Dutch

Mary II of EnglandMary II of England
30 April 1662, British
Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland

William PennWilliam Penn
14 October 1644, British
Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667, Irish
Author and Satirist

Baron de MontesquieuMontesquieu
18 January 1689, French
Robert WalpoleRobert Walpole
26 August 1676, British
First Prime Minister of Great Britain

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe
13 September 1660, British

Samuel PepysSamuel Pepys
23 February 1633, British
Member of Parliament

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope
21 May 1688, British

Thomas RolfeThomas Rolfe
30 January 1615, American
Pocahontas' Son
El GrecoEl Greco
01 October 1541, Spanish, Greek

Henry HudsonHenry Hudson
1565 AD, British
Navigator and Explorer

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
31 July 1574, French

Guru Tegh BahadurGuru Tegh Bahadur
01 April 1621, Indian
Ninth Sikh Guru
Christiaan HuygensChristiaan Huygens
14 April 1629, Dutch

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle
25 January 1627, Irish, British
Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law
Giles CoreyGiles Corey
31 July 1611, American
Accused in Salem Witch Trial

George BerkeleyGeorge Berkeley
12 March 1685, Irish, British

Cotton MatherCotton Mather
12 February 1663, American
Church Minister
John DrydenJohn Dryden
09 August 1631, British

Abel TasmanAbel Tasman
1603 AD, Dutch
Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel
01 September 1653, German
Composer, Organist and Teacher

John BunyanJohn Bunyan
28 November 1628, British
Writer, Preacher

Henry PurcellHenry Purcell
10 September 1659, British
Prince Rupert of the RhinePrince Rupert of the Rhine
17 December 1619, German
Military Leader

Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
06 March 1619, French
Dramatist and Playwright
Susanna HallSusanna Hall
26 May 1583, British
William Shakespeare's Daughter

Murad IVMurad IV
26 July 1612, Turkish
Ottoman Sultan

Claudio MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi
15 May 1567, Italian

Antonio StradivariAntonio Stradivari
1644 AD, Italian
1674 AD, Barbadian
17th Century Slave
Roger WilliamsRoger Williams
21 December 1603, British, American

Edmond HalleyEdmond Halley
08 November 1656, British

Guru Har KrishanGuru Har Krishan
23 July 1656, Indian
Eighth Sikh Guru

John HarrisonJohn Harrison
03 April 1693, British
Pierre de FermatPierre de Fermat
17 August 1601, French

George FoxGeorge Fox
30 June 1624, British

Jan van RiebeeckJan van Riebeeck
21 April 1619, Dutch
Dutch Colonial Administrator

Domenico ScarlattiDomenico Scarlatti
26 October 1685, Italian
Musical Composer

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672, British
Essayist & Poet
James OglethorpeJames Oglethorpe
22 December 1696, British
Founder of the colony of Georgia

Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori
27 September 1696, Italian
Philisopher, Spiritual Writer, Theologian
Jean-Baptiste LullyJean-Baptiste Lully
28 November 1632, French, Italian

Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640, British

Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet
20 March 1612, British
William ByrdWilliam Byrd
1543 AD, British
Music composer

Matthew HenryMatthew Henry
18 October 1662, British
Guru Har RaiGuru Har Rai
16 January 1630, Indian
Seventh Sikh Guru

Jean-Philippe RameauJean-Philippe Rameau
25 September 1683, French
Music composer and theorist

Giovanni Antonio CanalCanaletto
28 October 1697, Italian

Jacob BernoulliJacob Bernoulli
27 December 1654, Swiss
Andrew MarvellAndrew Marvell
31 March 1621, British

Johann BernoulliJohann Bernoulli
06 August 1667, Swiss
Evangelista TorricelliEvangelista Torricelli
15 October 1608, Italian

Arcangelo CorelliArcangelo Corelli
17 February 1653, Italian
Giovanni Domenico CassiniGiovanni Domenico Cassini
08 June 1625, Italian
Astronomer and Mathematician

Jethro TullJethro Tull
30 March 1674, British
Agricultural Pioneer
Thomas NewcomenThomas Newcomen
31 January 1664, British
Inventor of Atmospheric Steam Engine