Famous People Born In 1580

Discover the most famous people born in 1580. The list includes people like John Smith, Willebrord Snell, Peter Minuit, George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include poets, political leaders, astronomers and mathematicians born in 1580. This list includes people from England, Spain, Netherlands and many more countries.
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John Smith
(British Explorer)
John Smith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: June 21, 1631

John Smith was an English explorer, soldier, colonial governor, author, and Admiral of New England. In the early-17th century, Smith played a major role in the establishment of the first indissoluble English settlement in America, which came to be known as the English colony at Jamestown. Apart from helping Jamestown survive various challenges, Smith's leadership also helped the colony flourish.

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Peter Minuit
(Colonial Governor)
Peter Minuit
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Wesel, Germany
Died: August 5, 1638
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Francisco de Quevedo
(Spanish Politician and One of the Greatest Poets of the Spanish Golden Age)
Francisco de Quevedo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: September 8, 1645

Spanish nobleman, politician and writer Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, KOS of the Baroque era is counted among the most prominent writers of Spain's Golden Age. Quevedo adhered to the conceptismo style compared to his lifelong rival, Luis de Góngora’s culteranismo style. His notable works include the picaresque novel El Buscón and the satirical prose Los Sueños.

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Willebrord Snell
(Astronomer & Mathematician)
Willebrord Snell
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leiden, Dutch Republic
Died: October 30, 1626

Willebrord Snell was a Dutch mathematician and astronomer. He is credited with rediscovering the law of refraction, which is named Snell's law in his honor. A much-revered mathematician in the Netherlands, Willebrord Snell was honored by the Royal Netherlands Navy by naming three of its survey ships after him. Snellius, a lunar crater, is also named in his honor.

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Dirk Hartog
(explorer)
Dirk Hartog
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Listed In: Sailors
Birthdate: 30th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amsterdam
Died: October 11, 1621
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Thomas Middleton
(English Jacobean Playwright and Poet)
Thomas Middleton
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 30, 1627
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Jan Baptista van Helmont
(Belgian Physician and Chemist Who First Identified Carbon Dioxide)
Jan Baptista van Helmont
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 12th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: December 30, 1644

Belgian physician and chemist Jan Baptista van Helmont often considered the founder of pneumatic chemistry, is also said to have used the word “gas” for the first time in the scientific world. He is also said to have been the first to identify gas sylvestre, which later came to be known as carbon dioxide.

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John Billington
(One of The Signers of 'The Mayflower Compact')
John Billington
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Listed In: Murderers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: September 30, 1630

John Billington was an Englishman best remembered for his voyage to the New World on the famous Mayflower. He was one of the co-creators and signers of the Mayflower Compact. John Billington murdered another white settler named John Newcomen. He was tried by a jury in September 1630 and executed at the age of 40.

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Peter Claver
(Spanish Jesuit Missionary and Priest)
Peter Claver
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Verdú, Spain
Died: September 8, 1654

Peter Claver was a Spanish Jesuit missionary and priest. His lifelong work with African slaves made him the patron saint of slaves. Peter Claver was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. Many organizations, religious congregations, schools, missions, parishes, and hospitals have been named in his honor.

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Ernst von Mansfeld
(General)
Ernst von Mansfeld
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Died: November 29, 1626
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Anne Stanley, Countess of Castlehaven
(Noblewoman)
Anne Stanley, Countess of Castlehaven
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Listed In: Noblewomen
Birthdate: 30th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England
Died: October 8, 1647
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Idris Alooma
(King of the Kanem-Bornu Empire)
Idris Alooma
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Chad
Died: 1617 AD
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Edward Fairfax
(Ttranslator)
Edward Fairfax
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: 1635 AD
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Francisco Rodrigues Lobo
(Poet)
Francisco Rodrigues Lobo
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Leiria, Portugal
Died: November 4, 1622
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Nicolae Pătrașcu
(Prince of Wallachia)
Nicolae Pătrașcu
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Listed In: Noblemen
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Romanian
Died: 1627 AD
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Thomas Warner
(Captain in the guards of James I of England who became an explorer in the Caribbean)
Thomas Warner
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: England
Died: March 10, 1649
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George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore
(Politician)
George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Kiplin, England
Died: April 15, 1632
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Gábor Bethlen
(King of Hungary (1620 - 1621))
Gábor Bethlen
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ilia, Romania
Died: November 15, 1629

Gábor Bethlen reigned as the King of Hungary from 25 August 1620 to 31 December 1621. He is best remembered as the Prince of Transylvania and Duke of Opole. Although he was the king of Hungary, Gábor Bethlen never took control of the entire kingdom. 

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Samuel Argall
(Adventurer)
Samuel Argall
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: January 24, 1626
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George Silver
(British Fencer)
George Silver
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Listed In: Fencers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1622 AD
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Pierre Vernier
(Mathematician)
Pierre Vernier
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 19th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ornans, France
Died: September 14, 1637
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Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc
(French Astronomer Who Discovered the ‘Orion Nebula’ (1610))
Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belgentier, France
Died: June 24, 1637

The son of an affluent surgeon from Provence, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc grew up to be a famous astronomer, known mostly for his research on longitudes. He is also remembered for discovering the Orion Nebula and owned a huge collection of coins, which he used to study history.

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John Digby, 1st Earl of Bristol
(Diplomat)
John Digby, 1st Earl of Bristol
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Listed In: Diplomats
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: January 16, 1653
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Philipp Clüver
(German Geographer and Historian)
Philipp Clüver
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland
Died: December 31, 1622

While he initially studied law and science, Philipp Clüver later joined the military and traveled throughout Europe on foot. Largely known for pioneering historical geography, he is remembered for his 6-volume treatise Introduction to Universal Geography. He had also been an academic geographer in Leiden.

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Grey Brydges, 5th Baron Chandos
(Courtier)
Grey Brydges, 5th Baron Chandos
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Listed In: Noblemen
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: England
Died: August 10, 1621
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Michael East
(Organist)
Michael East
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1648 AD
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Rodrigo Calderón, Count of Oliva
(Minister)
Rodrigo Calderón, Count of Oliva
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: October 21, 1621
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Daniel Heinsius
(Scholar)
Daniel Heinsius
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 9th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Died: February 25, 1655