Leiden University

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 René Déscartes

René Déscartes
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Famous As: Former Philosopher known as father of modern philosophy
Birthdate: March 31, 1596
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Descartes, France
Died: February 11, 1650

 2 Rembrandt

Rembrandt
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 4, 1669

 3 King Willem-Alexander

King Willem-Alexander
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Famous As: King of the Netherlands
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 4 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

 5 Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 6 Hendrik Lorentz

Hendrik Lorentz
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 18, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands
Died: February 4, 1928

 7 Beatrix of the Netherlands

Beatrix of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013)
Birthdate: January 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands
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 8 Juliana of the Netherlands

Juliana of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1948-80)
Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 20, 2004

 9 Edsger W. Dijkstra

Edsger W. Dijkstra
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 6, 2002

 10 Gerard Kuiper

Gerard Kuiper
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 7, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tuitjenhorn, Netherlands
Died: December 24, 1973

 11 Stefanie Joosten

Stefanie Joosten
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roermond, Netherlands

 12 Hugo Grotius

Hugo Grotius
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer, Theologian, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 10, 1583
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: August 28, 1645

 13 Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Aristocrat
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 14 Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff

Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 30, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 1, 1911

 15 Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 2010
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 16 Thomas Browne

Thomas Browne
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 19, 1605
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 19, 1682

 17 Abraham Kuyper

Abraham Kuyper
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 29, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands
Died: November 8, 1920

 18 Thierry Baudet

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

 19 Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands

Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Third and youngest son of the former Dutch queen, Beatrix, and her husband, Claus von Amsberg
Birthdate: October 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 20 John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 6th President of United States (1825-1829)
Birthdate: July 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 23, 1848

 21 Baron d'Holbach

Baron d'Holbach
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 8, 1723
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edesheim, Germany
Died: January 21, 1789

 22 Daniel De Leon

Daniel De Leon
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Famous As: Socialist
Birthdate: December 14, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curaçao
Died: May 11, 1914

 23 Martinus Beijerinck

Martinus Beijerinck
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: March 16, 1851
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 1, 1931

 24 Ian Buruma

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

 25 Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond

Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 22, 1735
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: December 29, 1806

 26 Charles Townshend

Charles Townshend
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1725
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England
Died: September 4, 1767

 27 Eva Jinek

Eva Jinek
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

 28 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

 29 Sutan Sjahrir

Sutan Sjahrir
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: March 5, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Padang Panjang City, Indonesia
Died: April 9, 1966

 30 Herman Boerhaave

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

 31 Peter Simon Pallas

Peter Simon Pallas
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: September 22, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 8, 1811

 32 Angelus Silesius

Angelus Silesius
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: December 1, 1624
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: June 9, 1677

 33 Marthinus Theunis Steyn

Marthinus Theunis Steyn
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: President of Orange Free State
Birthdate: October 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rietfontein, South Africa
Died: November 28, 1916

 34 Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje

Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: February 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oosterhout, Netherlands
Died: June 26, 1936

 35 Maurice, Prince of Orange

Maurice, Prince of Orange
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: November 14, 1567
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: April 23, 1625

 36 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute

John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: May 25, 1713
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Parliament Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: March 10, 1792

 37 Frits Bolkestein

Frits Bolkestein
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 38 Evelyn Wever-Croes

Evelyn Wever-Croes
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

 39 Jan Swammerdam

Jan Swammerdam
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1637
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 17, 1680

 40 Nehemiah Grew

Nehemiah Grew
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Medico
Birthdate: September 26, 1641
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mancetter Parish, Warwickshire
Died: March 25, 1712

 41 Job Cohen

Job Cohen
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands

 42 Sophie in 't Veld

Sophie in 't Veld
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vollenhove, Netherlands

 43 Ewald Georg von Kleist

Ewald Georg von Kleist
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: June 10, 1700
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wicewo, Poland
Died: December 11, 1748

 44 Johan Rudolf Thorbecke

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

 45 Niels Kaj Jerne

Niels Kaj Jerne
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Immunologist
Birthdate: December 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 7, 1994

 46 George Uhlenbeck

George Uhlenbeck
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist
Birthdate: December 6, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Batavia, Dutch East Indies
Died: October 31, 1988

 47 Pieter van Musschenbroek

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

 48 Constantijn Huygens

Constantijn Huygens
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Listed In: Composers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 4, 1596
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 28, 1687

 49 Joseph Luns

Joseph Luns
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 28, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 17, 2002

 50 Ronald Venetiaan

Ronald Venetiaan
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 6th President of Suriname
Birthdate: June 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Surinam