Find out more about the greatest Dutch, including Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Martin Garrix, Mata Hari and Arjen Robben.

Did you know Vincent Van Gogh, the most influential twentieth century painter, was a Dutch? Did you know that Erasmus, a dominant figure in early humanist movement, was also born in Netherlands? Do you know that the highest international scorer in soccer in 2012-13 seasons, Robin Van Persie was from Netherlands too? Netherlands too, like many other nations in the world has produced some superlative talents and minds who have shaped the country's future and its standing in the world with their immeasurable contributions. Painters, explorers, anti-war activists, soccer players, linguists, scientists, dancers, physiologists and more — the Dutch have stamped their excellence in diverse fields with élan. These are the famous Dutch men and women to whom the world will stay indebted always for their exemplary greatness. We learn all about the lives and deeds of the famous Dutch people in their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts captured in their awe-inspiring biographies below.
Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
(Painter)

30 March 1853

29 July 1890

Zundert

Aries

Arjen RobbenArjen Robben
(Dutch Footballer)

23 January 1984

Bedum, Netherlands

Aquarius

Martin GarrixMartin Garrix
(DJ, Record Producer, Musician)

14 May 1996

Amstelveen, North Holland, Netherlands

Taurus

RembrandtRembrandt
(Painter)

15 July 1606

04 October 1669

Leiden

Cancer

Johan CruyffJohan Cruyff
(Former Dutch Footballer & Manager)

25 April 1947

24 March 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Taurus

Mata HariMata Hari
(Dutch exotic dancer)

07 August 1876

15 October 1917

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Leo

Baruch SpinozaBaruch Spinoza
(Dutch philosopher)

24 November 1632

21 February 1677

Amsterdam, Dutch Republic

Sagittarius

Hieronymus BoschHieronymus Bosch
(Painter)

1450 AD

09 August 1516

Burgundian Netherlands

Eleanor of AquitaineEleanor of Aquitaine
(Queen of France & England)

1122 AD

31 March 1204

Bordeaux

Johannes VermeerJohannes Vermeer
(Painter)

31 October 1632

15 December 1675

Delft

Scorpio

Carel StruyckenCarel Struycken
(Actor)

30 July 1948

The Hague, Netherlands

Leo

M. C. EscherM. C. Escher
(Artist)

17 June 1898

27 March 1972

Leeuwarden

Gemini

Piet MondrianPiet Mondrian
(Dutch Painter)

07 March 1872

01 February 1944

Amersfoort, Netherlands

Pisces

Otto FrankOtto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

12 May 1889

19 August 1980

Frankfurt am Main, German Empire

Taurus

Ruud GullitRuud Gullit
(Former Dutch Footballer)

01 September 1962

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Virgo

Gegard MousasiGegard Mousasi
(Mixed Martial Artist)

01 August 1985

Tehran, Iran

Leo

Badr HariBadr Hari
(kickboxer)

08 December 1984

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sagittarius

Antonie van LeeuwenhoekAntonie van Leeuwenhoek
(Scientist)

24 October 1632

26 August 1723

Delft

Scorpio

Marco van BastenMarco van Basten
(Former Dutch Football Star)

31 October 1964

Utrecht, Netherlands

Scorpio

Frank RijkaardFrank Rijkaard
(Former Dutch Footballer)

30 September 1962

Amsterdam

Libra

Lara Stone Lara Stone
(Model)

20 December 1983

Geldrop

Sagittarius

Christiaan HuygensChristiaan Huygens
(Mathematician)

14 April 1629

08 July 1695

The Hague

Aries

Twan KuyperTwan Kuyper
(YouTuber)

19 February 1995

Netherlands

Aquarius

HardwellHardwell
(DJ)

07 January 1988

Breda, Netherlands

Capricorn

Matthijs de LigtMatthijs de Ligt
(Football Player)

12 August 1999

Leiderdorp

Leo

Abel TasmanAbel Tasman
(Navigator)

1603 AD

10 October 1659

Lutjegast

Michelle HunzikerMichelle Hunziker
(Model, Actress)

24 January 1977

Sorengo

Aquarius

Jan van RiebeeckJan van Riebeeck
(Dutch Colonial Administrator)

21 April 1619

18 January 1677

Culemborg

Taurus

Hendrik LorentzHendrik Lorentz
(Physicist)

18 July 1853

04 February 1928

Arnhem

Cancer

Desiderius ErasmusDesiderius Erasmus
(Theologian)

27 October 1466

12 July 1536

Rotterdam

Scorpio

Cindy KimberlyCindy Kimberly
(Instagram Star, Model)

16 November 1998

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Scorpio

Nikkie De JagerNikkie De Jager
(Makeup Artist, YouTube Star)

02 March 1994

Wageningen, Netherlands

Pisces

Yolanda FosterYolanda Foster
(Model)

11 January 1964

Papendrecht

Capricorn

Nikolaas TinbergenNikolaas Tinbergen
(Ornithologist)

15 April 1907

21 December 1988

The Hague, Netherlands

Aries

Jan SteenJan Steen
(Genre Painter)

1626 AD

03 February 1679

Leiden

Anthony FokkerAnthony Fokker
(Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer)

06 April 1890

23 December 1939

Kediri, East Java

Aries

Heike Kamerlingh OnnesHeike Kamerlingh Onnes
(Physicist)

21 September 1853

21 February 1926

Groningen, Netherlands

Virgo

Cornelis DrebbelCornelis Drebbel
(Inventor of world’s first navigable submarine)

1572 AD

08 November 1633

Alkmaar

Willem EinthovenWillem Einthoven
(Inventor of the first practical ECG)

21 May 1860

29 September 1927

Semarang

Taurus

Jan TinbergenJan Tinbergen
(Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)

12 April 1903

09 June 1994

The Hague, Netherlands

Aries

Karel Appel Karel Appel
(Painter, Sculptor, Poet)

25 April 1921

03 May 2006

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Taurus

Pieter ZeemanPieter Zeeman
(Discovered the 'Zeeman Effect')

25 May 1865

09 October 1943

Zonnemaire, Netherlands

Gemini

Jacob RoggeveenJacob Roggeveen
(Explorer who discovered Easter Island)

01 February 1659

31 January 1729

Middelburg

Aquarius

Paul J. CrutzenPaul J. Crutzen
(Atmospheric Chemist)

03 December 1933

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sagittarius

Fritz ZernikeFrits Zernike
(Physicist)

16 July 1888

10 March 1966

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cancer

Aelbert CuypAelbert Cuyp
(Dutch Landscape Painter)

20 October 1620

15 November 1691

Dordrecht, Netherlands

Libra

Paulus PotterPaulus Potter
(Painter)

20 November 1625

17 January 1654

Enkhuizen

Scorpio

Christiaan EijkmanChristiaan Eijkman
(Physician)

11 August 1858

05 November 1930

Nijkerk

Leo

Martinus J. G. VeltmanMartinus J. G. Veltman
(Theoretical Physicist)

27 June 1931

Waalwijk, Netherlands

Cancer

Simon van der MeerSimon van der Meer
(Physicist)

24 November 1925

04 March 2011

The Hague

Sagittarius

Jacob ObrechtJacob Obrecht
(Composer)

1457 AD

30 June 1505

Ghent, Belgium

Jordi Van den BusscheJordi Van den Bussche
(YouTuber)

01 June 1995

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Gemini

Jelle Van VuchtJelle Van Vucht
(YouTube Star, Gamer)

14 October 1996

Roermond, Southern Netherlands

Libra

Willebrord SnellWillebrord Snell
(Astronomer & Mathematician)

13 June 1580

30 October 1626

Leiden, Dutch Republic

Gemini

Lizzy AnsinghLizzy Ansingh
(Painter)

13 March 1875

14 December 1959

Utrecht

Pisces

Rosalie Van BreemenRosalie van Breemen
(Model & TV Presenter)

02 August 1966

Utrecht, Holland

Leo

Johannes Diderik van der WaalsJohannes van der Waals
(Theoretical Physicist)

23 November 1837

08 March 1923

Leiden, Netherlands

Sagittarius

Tahith ChongTahith Chong
(Footballer)

04 December 1999

Willemstad, Curaçao

Sagittarius

Tjalling C. KoopmansTjalling C. Koopmans
(Economist)

28 August 1910

26 February 1985

Graveland, Netherlands

Virgo

Gerard ’t HooftGerard ’t Hooft
(Physicist)

05 July 1946

Den Helder, Netherlands

Cancer

Edward Lodewijk Van HalenEdward Lodewijk Van Halen
(American-Dutch musician)

26 January 1955

Nijmegen

Aquarius

BeautyNezzBeautyNezz
(YouTube Star)

17 October 2002

Apeldoorn

Libra

Nina HoustonNina Houston
(YouTuber)

12 November 2003

Netherlands

Scorpio

William III of EnglandWilliam III of England

The Hague

Famke JanssenFamke Janssen
(Film actor, Actor, Model, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)

05 November 1965

Amstelveen

Scorpio

Rutger HauerRutger Hauer
(Actor, Film actor)

23 January 1944

Breukelen

Aquarius

Ruud van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
(Association football player)

01 July 1976

Oss

Cancer

Willem-Alexander of the NetherlandsWillem-Alexander of the Netherlands
(King of the Netherlands)

27 April 1967

Utrecht

Taurus

Patrick KluivertPatrick Kluivert
(Association football player, Association football manager)

01 July 1976

Amsterdam

Cancer

Sven KramerSven Kramer

1986 AD

Heerenveen

Wesley SneijderWesley Sneijder
(Association football player)

09 June 1984

Utrecht

Gemini

TacoTaco
(singer, actor)

21 July 1955

Jakarta

Cancer

Dennis BergkampDennis Bergkamp
(Association football player)

10 May 1969

Amsterdam

Taurus

Ryan BabelRyan Babel
(Association football player)

19 December 1986

Amsterdam

Sagittarius

Frank de BoerFrank de Boer
(Association football player, Association football manager)

15 May 1970

Hoorn

Taurus

Beatrix of the NetherlandsBeatrix of the Netherlands
(Head of state, Judge)

31 January 1938

Soestdijk Palace

Aquarius

Ronald KoemanRonald Koeman
(Association football player, Association football manager)

21 March 1963

Zaandam

Aries

Armin van BuurenArmin van Buuren
(Record producer, Club DJ, Disc jockey, Composer)

25 December 1976

Leiden

Capricorn

Louis van GaalLouis van Gaal
(Association football player, Association football manager)

08 August 1951

Amsterdam

Leo

Edwin van der SarEdwin van der Sar
(Association football player)

29 October 1970

Voorhout

Scorpio

Pieter Bruegel the ElderPieter Bruegel the Elder
(Artist)

1525 AD

09 September 1569

Breda