Famous Belgian Physicians

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Andreas Vesalius
(Founding Father of the Modern Human Anatomy)
Andreas Vesalius
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Birthdate: December 31, 1514
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: October 15, 1564

Renaissance physician Andreas Vesalius is credited with illustrating the first anatomy textbook. Born into a family of physicians, he studied at the University of Paris medical school and often dissected corpses retrieved from cemeteries. He was the first to reject Galenic anatomy and to introduce human dissection in anatomy.

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Jacques Rogge
(8th President of the International Olympic)
Jacques Rogge
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Birthdate: May 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Died: August 29, 2021
A professional orthopaedic surgeon, Jacques Rogge gained fame as an able sports administrator and as the president of the International Olympic Committee. A multi-talented athlete, he had been a Belgian rugby champion 16 times. He had also been a yachting world champion and a 3-time Olympian in sailing.
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Petra De Sutter
(Politician)
Petra De Sutter
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Birthdate: June 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oudenaarde, Belgium

Petra De Sutter is a Belgian politician and gynecologist who is currently serving as the Minister of Civil Service. Europe's first transgender minister, De Sutter worked as a professor at Ghent University before entering politics.   

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Corneille Heymans
(Physiologist)
Corneille Heymans
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Birthdate: March 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghent
Died: July 18, 1968

Nobel Prize-winning physiologist Corneille Heymans is best remembered for his research on how blood oxygen content is regulated. The son of a pharmacology professor, he began his research with his father. His experiment revealed the function of pressoreceptors and the mechanism of breathing through the medulla.

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Yuhan Tan
(Badminton player)
Yuhan Tan
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Birthdate: April 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bilzen, Belgium

Though a qualified physician, Yuhan Tan soared to fame as a talented badminton player. The Chinese-Belgian badminton star is a 10-time Belgian men’s singles champion. He has also chaired the Belgian Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission. He is also a 2-time Olympian and achieved the 2nd place in the Canada International and Brazil International.