Famous Dutch Intellectuals & Academics

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 1 Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza.
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Famous As: Dutch philosopher
Birthdate: November 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic
Died: February 21, 1677
Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza is best remembered for his rationalist ideas and his posthumously released book Ethics. He opposed Rene Descartes’s ideas and believed that God was an abstract entity. He was later expelled from the Jewish society, while his books were banned by the Catholic Church.

 2 Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus.
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: October 27, 1466
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 12, 1536

Born as an illegitimate child of a priest from Rotterdam, Desiderius Erasmus later grew up to be a significant figure of the northern Renaissance. He is remembered for his research on free will and for being the first to edit the New Testament, replacing traditional elements with new-age humanism.

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 3 Hugo Grotius

Hugo Grotius.
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: April 10, 1583
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delft
Died: August 28, 1645

 4 Johan Huizinga

Johan Huizinga.
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Famous As: Cultural historian, Historian, University teacher, Philosopher
Birthdate: December 7, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Groningen
Died: February 1, 1945
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 5 Thierry Baudet

Thierry Baudet.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heemstede, Netherlands

 6 Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte
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Famous As: Politician, Historian, Teacher, Pianist
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague

 7 Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: January 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
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 8 Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Jeroen Dijsselbloem
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: March 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands

 9 Jacobus Arminius

Jacobus Arminius
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Famous As: Theologian, University teacher
Birthdate: October 10, 1560
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oudewater
Died: October 19, 1609

 10 Ruud Lubbers

Ruud Lubbers
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Diplomat, Entrepreneur, University teacher
Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam

 11 Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

 12 Bernard Mandeville

Bernard Mandeville
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: November 15, 1670
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 21, 1733

 13 Jan Tinbergen

Jan Tinbergen.
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Famous As: Nobel Prize Winner in Economics
Birthdate: April 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: June 9, 1994

Best remembered for his econometric models, Jan Tinbergen won the first Nobel Prize for Economics along with Ragnar Frisch. Apart from working on subjects such as the business cycle theory and economic development, he had also been the economic advisor to the League of Nations.

 14 Peter Canisius

Peter Canisius
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: May 8, 1521
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Died: December 21, 1597

 15 Joop den Uyl

Joop den Uyl
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hilversum, Netherlands
Died: December 24, 1987

 16 Bloeme Evers-Emden

Bloeme Evers-Emden
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Famous As: Teacher, Child psychologist
Birthdate: July 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 18, 2016

 17 L. E. J. Brouwer

L. E. J. Brouwer
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 27, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Overschie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: December 2, 1966

 18 Tjalling C. Koopmans

Tjalling C. Koopmans.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: August 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Graveland, Netherlands
Died: February 26, 1985
Nobel Memorial Prize-winning Dutch-American economist Tjalling C. Koopmans is remembered for designing activity analysis, a method meant for distribution of resources for attaining an economic objective at the lowest cost, along with Soviet economist Leonid Kantorovich. His research extended to econometrics and linear programming. He also taught at Yale.

 19 Willem Drees

Willem Drees
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 5, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 14, 1988

 20 Johan Rudolf Thorbecke

Johan Rudolf Thorbecke
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: January 14, 1798
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: June 4, 1872

 21 Titus Brandsma

Titus Brandsma
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 22 Gemma Frisius

Gemma Frisius
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 9, 1508
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dokkum, Netherlands
Died: May 25, 1555

 23 Jan Huyghen van Linschoten

Jan Huyghen van Linschoten
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1563 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: February 8, 1611

 24 Wim Duisenberg

Wim Duisenberg
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Famous As: Economist, Banker, Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: July 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heerenveen
Died: July 31, 2005

 25 Coosje van Bruggen

Coosje van Bruggen
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: January 10, 2009

 26 Pieter van Musschenbroek

Pieter van Musschenbroek
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: March 14, 1692
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: September 19, 1761

 27 Willem Frederik Hermans

Willem Frederik Hermans
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 27, 1995

 28 Herman Dooyeweerd

Herman Dooyeweerd
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: October 7, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 12, 1977

 29 Isabelle de Charrière

Isabelle de Charrière
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 20, 1740
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: December 27, 1805

 30 Arnold Geulincx

Arnold Geulincx
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 31, 1624
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: October 31, 1669

 31 Pieter Geyl

Pieter Geyl
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: December 31, 1966

 32 Gerardus Vossius

Gerardus Vossius
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: February 29, 1577
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Died: March 19, 1649

 33 Gisbertus Voetius

Gisbertus Voetius
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: March 3, 1589
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heusden, Netherlands
Died: November 1, 1676

 34 Gerard van der Leeuw

Gerard van der Leeuw
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: March 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 18, 1950

 35 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer

Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Netherlands
Died: May 19, 1876

 36 Franciscus Gomarus

Franciscus Gomarus
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: January 30, 1563
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Died: January 11, 1641

 37 François Hemsterhuis

François Hemsterhuis
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 27, 1721
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: July 7, 1790

 38 Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert

Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 1, 1522
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: October 29, 1590

 39 Simon Episcopius

Simon Episcopius
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: January 8, 1583
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 4, 1643

 40 Willem Visser 't Hooft

Willem Visser 't Hooft
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 20, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: July 4, 1985

 41 Michael Jan de Goeje

Michael Jan de Goeje
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Famous As: Orientalist
Birthdate: August 13, 1836
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dronrijp, Netherlands
Died: May 17, 1909

 42 Willem Bilderdijk

Willem Bilderdijk
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 7, 1756
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: December 18, 1831

 43 Nicolaas Beets

Nicolaas Beets
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: March 13, 1903

 44 Cornelis Tiele

Cornelis Tiele
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: December 16, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: January 11, 1902

 45 Janus Dousa

Janus Dousa
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: December 6, 1545
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Noordwijk, Netherlands
Died: October 8, 1604

 46 Albert Verwey

Albert Verwey
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 15, 1865
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 8, 1937

 47 Jacobus Revius

Jacobus Revius
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 31, 1586
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Deventer, Netherlands
Died: November 15, 1658

 48 Pierre Lyonnet

Pierre Lyonnet
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 21, 1706
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands
Died: January 10, 1789

 49 Jan de Vries

Jan de Vries
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Famous As: Linguist, Philologists
Birthdate: February 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 23, 1964

 50 Adriaan de Groot

Adriaan de Groot
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Famous As: Chess player, Psychologist
Birthdate: October 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santpoort, Netherlands
Died: August 14, 2006