Leiden University

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Discover the notable alumni of Leiden University. The list includes people like William the Silent, Paul Verhoeven, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Thomas Browne & John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, writers, scientists, miscellaneous and leaders etc.
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 1 
René Déscartes
(French Philosopher, Mathematician and Inventor of ‘Analytic Geometry’)
René Déscartes
13
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 31, 1596
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Descartes, France
Died: February 11, 1650
 2 
Rembrandt
(One of the Greatest Visual Artists in the History of Art)
Rembrandt
8
Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 4, 1669
 3 
King Willem-Alexander
(King of the Netherlands )
King Willem-Alexander
4
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 4 
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
(Critic of Islam and Advocate of Women Rights)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
 5 
Paul Verhoeven
(Director)
Paul Verhoeven
0
Birthdate: July 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 6 
Hendrik Lorentz
(Physicist)
Hendrik Lorentz
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 18, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands
Died: February 4, 1928
 7 
Juliana of the Netherlands
(Queen of the Netherlands (1948-80))
Juliana of the Netherlands
1
Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 20, 2004
 8 
Thomas Browne
(English Polymath and Author Best Known for His Books 'Religio Medici' and 'Urne-Burial')
Thomas Browne
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 19, 1605
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 19, 1682
 9 
Beatrix of the Netherlands
(Former Queen of the Netherlands (1980 - 2013))
Beatrix of the Netherlands
4
Birthdate: January 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands
 10 
Stefanie Joosten
0
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roermond, Netherlands
 11 
Edsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch Mathematician and Computer Scientist Best Known for His Shortest-Path Algorithm in Graph Theory)
Edsger W. Dijkstra
2
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 6, 2002
 12 
Gerard Kuiper
(Dutch Astronomer, Planetary Scientist, Selenographer, Author and Professor)
Gerard Kuiper
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 7, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tuitjenhorn, Netherlands
Died: December 23, 1973
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 30, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 1, 1911
 15 
Hugo Grotius
(Lawyer, Theologian, Diplomat)
Hugo Grotius
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 10, 1583
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: August 28, 1645
 16 
Mark Rutte
(Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 2010)
Mark Rutte
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 17 
Thierry Baudet
(Politician)
Thierry Baudet
0
Birthdate: January 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heemstede, Netherlands
 18 
Abraham Kuyper
(Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901 - 1905))
Abraham Kuyper
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 29, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands
Died: November 8, 1920
 19 
Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
(Third and youngest son of the former Dutch queen, Beatrix, and her husband, Claus von Amsberg)
Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
 20 
John Quincy Adams
(6th President of United States (1825 - 1829))
John Quincy Adams
70
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 23, 1848
 21 
Baron d'Holbach
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 8, 1723
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edesheim, Germany
Died: January 21, 1789
 22 
Nicolas Steno
(Danish Scientist Who Was a Pioneer in Both Anatomy and Geology)
Nicolas Steno
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 25, 1686
 23 
Daniel De Leon
(Socialist)
Daniel De Leon
0
Birthdate: December 14, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curaçao
Died: May 11, 1914
 24 
Martinus Beijerinck
(Microbiologist)
Martinus Beijerinck
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 16, 1851
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 1, 1931
Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 22, 1735
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: December 29, 1806
 26 
Ian Buruma
(Dutch Writer and Editor)
Ian Buruma
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
 27 
Bernard Mandeville
(Dutch Philosopher, Political Economist and Satirist)
Bernard Mandeville
0
Birthdate: November 15, 1670
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 21, 1733
 28 
Charles Townshend
(Politician)
Charles Townshend
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 29, 1725
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England
Died: September 4, 1767
 29 
Eva Jinek
(Journalist)
Eva Jinek
1
Birthdate: July 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
 30 
Sutan Sjahrir
(The First Prime Minister of Indonesia)
Sutan Sjahrir
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 5, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Padang Panjang City, Indonesia
Died: April 9, 1966
 31 
Peter Simon Pallas
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 22, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 8, 1811
 32 
Herman Boerhaave
(Botanist, Physician)
Herman Boerhaave
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 31, 1668
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Voorhout, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 1738
 33 
Angelus Silesius
(German Catholic Priest, Physician, Mystic and Religious Poet)
Angelus Silesius
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1624
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: July 9, 1677
 34 
Martinus Theunis Steyn
(Former 6th State President of the Orange Free State (1896 - 1902))
Martinus Theunis Steyn
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winburg, South Africa
Died: November 28, 1916
 35 
Maurice, Prince of Orange
(Prince of Orange (1618 - 1625))
Maurice, Prince of Orange
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1567
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: April 23, 1625
Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oosterhout, Netherlands
Died: June 26, 1936
 37 
John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1713
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: March 10, 1792
 38 
Frits Bolkestein
(Politician)
Frits Bolkestein
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
 39 
Evelyn Wever-Croes
(Politician)
Evelyn Wever-Croes
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
 40 
Jan Swammerdam
(Dutch Biologist and Microscopist Who Was the First to Observe and Describe 'Red Blood Cells')
Jan Swammerdam
0
Birthdate: February 12, 1637
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 17, 1680
 41 
Nehemiah Grew
(British Botanist and Physiologist Known for His Careful and Novel Observations on Plant Anatomy)
Nehemiah Grew
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 26, 1641
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mancetter Parish, Warwickshire, England
Died: March 25, 1712
 42 
Johan Rudolf Thorbecke
(Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1871 – 1872, 1862 - 1866, 1849 - 1853))
Johan Rudolf Thorbecke
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 14, 1798
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: June 4, 1872
 43 
Job Cohen
(Politician)
Job Cohen
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
 44 
Ewald Georg von Kleist
(German Inventor, Clergy and Lawyer Who Discovered (1745) the 'Leyden Jar')
Ewald Georg von Kleist
0
Birthdate: June 10, 1700
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wicewo, Poland
Died: December 10, 1748
 45 
Sophie in 't Veld
(Politician)
Sophie in 't Veld
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vollenhove, Netherlands
 46 
Niels Kaj Jerne
(Immunologist)
Niels Kaj Jerne
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 7, 1994
 47 
George Uhlenbeck
(Theoretical Physicist)
George Uhlenbeck
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 6, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Batavia, Dutch East Indies
Died: October 31, 1988
 48 
Constantijn Huygens
(Dutch Golden Age Poet and Composer)
Constantijn Huygens
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 4, 1596
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 28, 1687
 49 
Pieter van Musschenbroek
(Dutch Mathematician and Physicist Who Discovered the Principle of the 'Leyden Jar')
Pieter van Musschenbroek
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 14, 1692
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: September 19, 1761
 50 
Joseph Luns
(Politician)
Joseph Luns
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 28, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 17, 2002