Famous People Born In Leiden

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Rembrandt
(One of the Greatest Visual Artists in the History of Art)
Rembrandt
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Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: October 4, 1669

Rembrandt was a Dutch printmaker, painter, and draughtsman. A master in three major art media, Rembrandt is widely considered the most important visual artist in Dutch art history and one of the greatest of all time. He is also considered the greatest etcher in the history of printmaking. His life and work inspired several films, including the 1936 movie Rembrandt.

Armin van Buuren
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch record producer and DJ. He is best known for hosting a weekly radio show called A State of Trance (ASOT), which is broadcast in 84 countries to nearly 40 million listeners on over 100 FM radio stations. Armin has been named by DJ Mag as the number one DJ on a record five occasions.

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Johannes van der Waals
(Theoretical Physicist)
Johannes van der Waals
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 8, 1923
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals, born to a carpenter, was largely self-taught in his early days. His pathbreaking research on the gaseous and liquid states of matter influenced later studies on molecular dynamics. He was the man behind the van der Waals equation.
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Jan Steen
(Golden Age painter)
Jan Steen
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Birthdate: August 21, 1626
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 3, 1679

Jan Steen was a Dutch Golden Age painter, counted among the leading genre painters of the 17th century. Born into a wealthy family, he received training under prominent painter Nicolaes Knupfer. For several years, he worked with renowned landscape painter Jan van Goyen, whose daughter he later married. He painted portraits, still life, and historical, mythological, and religious scenes.

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
(Aristocrat)
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Willebrord Snell
(Astronomer & Mathematician)
Willebrord Snell
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 13, 1580
Sun Sign: Gemini
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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Kajsa Ollongren
(Politician)
Kajsa Ollongren
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Kjeld Nuis
(Dutch Speed Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kjeld Nuis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Gabriël Metsu
(Painter)
Gabriël Metsu
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Birthdate: 1629
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 24, 1667
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Gottfried van Swieten
(Austrian diplomat, librarian, and government official who served the Holy Roman Empire during the 18th century)
Gottfried van Swieten
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 29, 1733
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 29, 1803
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Evelyn Wever-Croes
(Politician)
Evelyn Wever-Croes
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Jan van Goyen
(Painter)
Jan van Goyen
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Birthdate: January 13, 1596
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 27, 1656
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Lucas van Leyden
(Artist)
Lucas van Leyden
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Birthdate: 1494 AD
Died: September 8, 1533
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Abdou Harroui
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Abdou Harroui
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Pieter van Musschenbroek
(Dutch Mathematician and Physicist Who Discovered the Principle of the 'Leyden Jar')
Pieter van Musschenbroek
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 14, 1692
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 19, 1761

Dutch physicist and mathematician Pieter van Musschenbroek is remembered for introducing the principle of the Leyden jar. He also taught at several universities. Born to an instrument maker, he initially studied medicine but later also focused on philosophy. He made pioneering contributions to tribology.

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Jan Lievens
(Painter)
Jan Lievens
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Birthdate: October 24, 1607
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 4, 1674
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Taco van den Honert
(Dutch Former Field Hockey Player)
Taco van den Honert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Rodney Glunder
(Dutch Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Rodney Glunder
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Carina Benninga
(Former Dutch Field Hockey Player)
Carina Benninga
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Marietje Schaake
(Politician)
Marietje Schaake
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Geertgen tot Sint Jans
(Painter)
Geertgen tot Sint Jans
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Birthdate: 1465 AD
Died: 1495 AD
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Ben Pon
(Dutch Formula One Driver)
Ben Pon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 30, 2019
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Willem van de Velde the Elder
(Painter)
Willem van de Velde the Elder
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Birthdate: 1610
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 13, 1693
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Frans van Mieris the Elder
(Painter)
Frans van Mieris the Elder
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Birthdate: April 16, 1635
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 12, 1681
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Jennifer Fopma
(American Beach Volleyball Player)
Jennifer Fopma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Reinhart Dozy
(Scholar)
Reinhart Dozy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 29, 1883
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Cornelis Tiele
(Dutch Theologian)
Cornelis Tiele
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Birthdate: December 16, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 11, 1902

Cornelis Tiele was a Dutch scholar of religions and theologian. He is credited with co-founding the Leiden School of modern theology along with J. H. Scholten and Abraham Kuenen amongst others. An early supporter of the Dutch school of science of religion, Cornelis Tiele is also remembered as the originator of the Dutch school of the relative studies of religions.