Famous Dutch Physicians

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 1 Jan Ingenhousz

Jan Ingenhousz
Famous As: Botanist, Physician, Physicist
Birthdate: December 8, 1730
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Breda
Died: September 7, 1799

The man who discovered photosynthesis, Jan Ingenhousz was born in the Netherlands but later settled in England. He is also remembered for his pioneering research on thermal conduction and the prevention of smallpox and even successfully inoculated the Habsburg family against smallpox. He was also Maria Theresa’s personal doctor.

 2 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.

 3 Aletta Jacobs

Aletta Jacobs
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: February 9, 1854
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sappemeer, Netherlands
Died: August 10, 1929

Apart from being the first female university graduate in the Netherlands, the first Dutch female physician, and the first female to get a medical doctorate in her country, Aletta Jacobs was also a pioneering women’s suffrage activist. She traveled the world for her feminist mission with fellow suffragette Carrie Chapman.

 4 Johann Weyer

Johann Weyer
Famous As: physician, writer
Birthdate: February 24, 1515
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grave, Netherlands
Died: February 24, 1588

Though he studied medicine and was a practicing physician, Johann Weyer is better known as a demonologist. He also offered one of the first scientific explanations of mental illnesses, stating that most witches were actually women who were suffering from mental health issues. He also stongly opposed Malleus Maleficarum.

 5 Herman Boerhaave

Herman Boerhaave
Famous As: Botanist, Physician
Birthdate: December 31, 1668
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Voorhout, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 1738

 6 Marion Koopmans

Marion Koopmans
Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: September 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tegelen

Marion Koopmans is a Dutch virologist whose research considers noroviruses, emerging infectious diseases, and veterinary medicine. A respected virologist, Koopmans is part of the World Health Organization's scientific advisory group. Over the years, she has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the Machiavelli Prize. Currently, Marion Koopmans is working to understand the spread of Covid-19 disease.

 7 Christiaan Eijkman

Christiaan Eijkman
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 11, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nijkerk
Died: November 5, 1930

Nobel Prize-winning Dutch physician and pathologist Christiaan Eijkman was the first to prove that poor diet is the cause of the disease beriberi, which in turn led to the discovery of vitamins. While he initially worked in the Dutch East Indies, he later collaborated with Robert Koch in his Berlin laboratory.

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 8 Gemma Frisius

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

Gemma Frisius introduced the triangulation method for map-making, that is still an integral part of surveys these days. He also created detailed globes and mathematical instruments and was a co-founder of the Netherlandish school of cartography. He also released the first published drawing of a pinhole camera obscura.

 9 Tina Strobos

Tina Strobos
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 27, 2012

Tina Strobos was a Dutch psychiatrist and physician remembered for her resistance work during the Second World War. When she was still a student, Strobos helped rescue over 100 Jewish refugees. In 1989, Yad Vashem recognized her rescue work with the Righteous Among the Nations honor. For her medical work, Strobos was honored with the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal in 1998.

 10 Franciscus Sylvius

Franciscus Sylvius
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 15, 1614
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: November 19, 1672

Franciscus Sylvius was a Dutch scientist and physician. He is credited with establishing the first academic chemical laboratory in 1669. He is also credited with founding the Iatrochemical School of Medicine. Many of Franciscus Sylvius' students like Reinier de Graaf, Jan Swammerdam, and Niels Stensen went on to become notable personalities in their respective fields.

 11 Frederik Willem van Eeden

Frederik Willem van Eeden
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: June 16, 1932

Apart from being a physician and the first Dutch psychiatrist to gain international fame, Frederik Willem van Eeden was also an author. Known for inventing the term lucid dream, he later penned books that revolved around themes such as symbolism and psychiatric experiences. He also translated Tagore’s works into Dutch.

 12 Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: July 30, 1641
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schiedam, Netherlands
Died: August 17, 1673

Reinier de Graaf was a Dutch physician, anatomist, and physiologist. He is credited with making important discoveries in reproductive biology. De Graaf, who specialized in iatrogenesis and iatrochemistry, was the first to develop a syringe. He did so to inject dye into the reproductive organs of the human body to understand their structure and function.

 13 Frans Cornelis Donders

Frans Cornelis Donders
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 27, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tilburg, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 1889

Frans Cornelis Donders was a Dutch ophthalmologist who also served as a professor of physiology at Utrecht University. A respected and internationally acclaimed ophthalmologist, Donders directed the Netherlands Hospital for Eye Patients for many years. Frans Cornelis Donders was also one of the three main founders of scientific ophthalmology along with Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz and Graefe.

 14 J. Slauerhoff

J. Slauerhoff
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: October 5, 1936

One of the most significant Dutch authors of the 20th century, J. Slauerhoff was also a qualified doctor who worked on ships. His work at sea and in South East Asia inspired much of his work, which spoke about the sea, loneliness, and love. The Forbidden Kingdom remains his best-known work.

 15 Cola Debrot

Cola Debrot
Famous As: Governor of the Netherlands Antilles
Birthdate: May 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands
Died: December 3, 1981

Cola Debrot was a Dutch medical doctor, lawyer, writer, and politician. From 1962 to 1970, he served as the Governor of the Netherlands Antilles and played an important role in reshaping the relationship between the Antilles, the Netherlands, and Suriname. 

 16 Volcher Coiter

Volcher Coiter
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 1534 AD
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: June 2, 1576

Volcher Coiter was a Dutch anatomist who first described cerebrospinal meningitis. Volcher Coiter is also remembered for his work during the French Wars of Religion where he served as field surgeon to John Casimir, Count Palatine of Simmern.

 17 Piet Admiral

Piet Admiral
Famous As: Anesthesiologist and one of the founders of palliative care in the Netherlands
Birthdate: June 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Papendrecht, Netherland
Died: November 30, 2013

Piet Admiral was a Dutch anaesthesiologist best remembered for his popular technique while performing euthanasia. His technique has been adopted by American doctors and states for use in executions. Piet Admiral was one of the most popular practitioners of voluntary euthanasia.