Famous Dutch Inventors & Discoverers

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 1 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: October 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: August 26, 1723

Seventeenth-century Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, also known as the Father of Microbiology, is remembered as a pioneer of microscopy. His contribution to microbiology included the discovery of spermatozoa, bacteria, and muscle fibers. Though he had not authored any book, his letters to the Royal Society were later published.

 2 Christiaan Huygens

Christiaan Huygens.
Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist
Birthdate: April 14, 1629
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: July 8, 1695

From proposing the wave theory of light to discovering the actual shape of the rings of Saturn and inventing the pendulum clock, Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens had contributed a lot to science. Born to a diplomat, Huygens had the privilege of an elite education but remain sickly throughout his life.

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 3 Zacharias Janssen

Zacharias Janssen.
Famous As: Spectacle-maker
Birthdate: 1585 AD
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: 1638 AD

 4 Willem Einthoven

Willem Einthoven.
Famous As: Inventor of the first practical ECG
Birthdate: May 21, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Semarang
Died: September 29, 1927

Willem Einthoven was a Dutch physiologist and physician whose invention of the electrocardiogram in 1895 earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1924. He is also credited with theorizing the existence of Einthoven's triangle, which is named in his honor.

 5 Cornelis Drebbel

Cornelis Drebbel.
Famous As: Inventor of world’s first navigable submarine
Birthdate: 1572 AD
Birthplace: Alkmaar
Died: November 8, 1633

Cornelis Drebbel was a Dutch inventor and engineer credited with building the first navigable submarine. He is also credited with contributing immensely to the development of chemistry, optics, control systems, and measurement. A street called Cornelis Drebbelweg in the Netherlands has been named in his honor.

 6 Jan van der Heyden

Jan van der Heyden
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 5, 1637
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorinchem, Netherlands
Died: March 28, 1712

 7 Laurens Janszoon Coster

Laurens Janszoon Coster
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1370 AD
Birthplace: Netherlands
Died: 1440 AD
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 8 Bernard D. H. Tellegen

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