Famous Dutch Engineers

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Guido van Rossum
(Creator of the Python programming language)

Guido van Rossum
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Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Dutch programmer Guido van Rossum is known as the inventor of the Python programming language. He has also worked with Google and Dropbox earlier. In November 2020, he announced he announced his decision to join the Developer Division of Microsoft. He has won several honors, such as the NLUUG Award.

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Edsger W. Dijkstra
(Computer scientist)

Edsger W. Dijkstra
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Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 6, 2002

A pioneering computer scientist from the Netherlands, Edsger W. Dijkstra had initially studied theoretical physics, before focusing on computers. He developed the domain of structured programming and also won honors such as the Turing Award. He died at 72, after a long struggle with cancer.

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Anthony Fokker
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Birthdate: April 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blitar, Indonesia
Died: December 23, 1939

Though a high-school drop-out, Dutch aviation designer and entrepreneur Anthony Fokker showed his interest in mechanics quite early. He designed over 40 types of fighter aircrafts for the Germans during World War I. The aircraft that completed the first nonstop flight across the U.S. was also made by him.

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Keren Ann
(Singer-songwriter known for her song)

Keren Ann
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Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

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Menno van Coehoorn
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Birthdate: March 10, 1974, 1641
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lettinga-State, Netherlands
Died: March 17, 1704

Dutch soldier Menno van Coehoorn served the forces of William III, prince of Orange. Known for his book on siege strategies, he had written the widely translated volume New Fortress Construction in a Flat or Low Terrain. A skilled military engineer, too, he built a number of forts for several Dutch cities.

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Cornelius Vermuyden
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Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Tholen, Netherlands
Died: October 11, 1677

Cornelius Vermuyden was a Dutch-born British engineer who used Dutch land reclamation methods to drain Hatfield Chase in Lincolnshire. He was knighted for his work and went on to oversee projects to drain The Fens in East Anglia in the 1650s. Many places in the United Kingdom, including the Cornelius Vermuyden School, have been named in his honor.

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Cornelis Lely
(Minister of Water Management (29 August 1913 – 9 September 1918))

Cornelis Lely
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Birthdate: September 23, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 22, 1929

Dutch engineer-statesman Cornelis Lely is best remembered for his Zuiderzee reclamation project and passed an act authorizing it. A Liberal Union politician, he served his country as its minister of water management. He had also been the governor of the Dutch colony Surinam, where he authorized the Lawa Railway.

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Bernard D. H. Tellegen
(Engineer, Inventor)

Bernard D. H. Tellegen
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Birthdate: June 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winschoten, Netherlands
Died: August 30, 1990

After obtaining his electrical engineering degree, Bernard D. H. Tellegen joined the Philips NatLab, where he co-invented the pentode vacuum tube, which was used widely in radios and amplifiers. He also invented the gyrator and taught at TU Delft. He was awarded the IEEE Edison Medal for his achievements.

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Johannes van Damme
(Engineer, Businessperson)

Johannes van Damme
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Birthdate: June 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Middelburg, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 1994

Dutch engineer and businessman Johannes van Damme was arrested at the Singapore Changi Airport, convicted of drug trafficking and was given capital punishment after 4.32 kilograms (9.5 lb) of heroin was found in a secret compartment of his trunk. This made him the first European who was executed in Singapore following its independence.