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

30 March 1853

Johan CruyffJohan Cruyff
(Former Dutch Footballer & Manager)

25 April 1947

Arjen RobbenArjen Robben
(Dutch Footballer)

23 January 1984

William III of EnglandWilliam III of England
(King of England)

04 November 1650

Martin GarrixMartin Garrix
(DJ, Record Producer, Musician)

14 May 1996


15 July 1606

Mata HariMata Hari
(Dutch exotic dancer)

07 August 1876

Hieronymus BoschHieronymus Bosch

1450 AD

Marco van BastenMarco van Basten
(Former Dutch Football Star)

31 October 1964

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

1122 AD

Baruch SpinozaBaruch Spinoza
(Dutch philosopher)

24 November 1632

Ruud GullitRuud Gullit
(Former Dutch Footballer)

01 September 1962

Antonie van LeeuwenhoekAntonie van Leeuwenhoek

24 October 1632

Johannes VermeerJohannes Vermeer

31 October 1632

Gegard MousasiGegard Mousasi
(Mixed Martial Artist)

01 August 1985

M. C. EscherM. C. Escher

17 June 1898

Piet MondrianPiet Mondrian
(Dutch Painter)

07 March 1872

Lara Stone Lara Stone

20 December 1983

Otto FrankOtto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

12 May 1889

Frank RijkaardFrank Rijkaard
(Former Dutch Footballer)

30 September 1962

Carel StruyckenCarel Struycken

30 July 1948

Badr HariBadr Hari

08 December 1984

Matthijs de LigtMatthijs de Ligt
(Football Player)

12 August 1999


07 January 1988

Abel TasmanAbel Tasman

1603 AD

Christiaan HuygensChristiaan Huygens

14 April 1629

Romee StrijdRomee Strijd

19 July 1995

Twan KuyperTwan Kuyper

19 February 1995

Jan van RiebeeckJan van Riebeeck
(Dutch Colonial Administrator)

21 April 1619

Cindy KimberlyCindy Kimberly
(Instagram Star, Model)

16 November 1998

Yolanda FosterYolanda Foster

11 January 1964

Hendrik LorentzHendrik Lorentz

18 July 1853

Tahith ChongTahith Chong

04 December 1999

Desiderius ErasmusDesiderius Erasmus

27 October 1466

Michelle HunzikerMichelle Hunziker
(Model, Actress)

24 January 1977

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

02 March 1994

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

27 April 1967

Natalie La RoseNatalie La Rose

12 July 1988

Nikolaas TinbergenNikolaas Tinbergen

15 April 1907

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

06 April 1890

Heike Kamerlingh OnnesHeike Kamerlingh Onnes

21 September 1853

Jan SteenJan Steen
(Genre Painter)

1626 AD

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

1572 AD

Willem EinthovenWillem Einthoven
(Inventor of the first practical ECG)

21 May 1860

Jan TinbergenJan Tinbergen
(Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)

12 April 1903

Pieter ZeemanPieter Zeeman
(Discovered the 'Zeeman Effect')

25 May 1865

Karel Appel Karel Appel
(Painter, Sculptor, Poet)

25 April 1921

Daan CreyghtonDaan Creyghton

21 September 2002

Fritz ZernikeFrits Zernike

16 July 1888

Paul J. CrutzenPaul J. Crutzen
(Atmospheric Chemist)

03 December 1933

Jacob RoggeveenJacob Roggeveen
(Explorer who discovered Easter Island)

01 February 1659

Aelbert CuypAelbert Cuyp
(Dutch Landscape Painter)

20 October 1620

Jelle Van VuchtJelle Van Vucht
(YouTube Star, Gamer)

14 October 1996

Christiaan EijkmanChristiaan Eijkman

11 August 1858

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

27 June 1931

Paulus PotterPaulus Potter

20 November 1625

Simon van der MeerSimon van der Meer

24 November 1925

Jacob ObrechtJacob Obrecht

1457 AD

Jordi Van den BusscheJordi Van den Bussche

01 June 1995

Nina HoustonNina Houston

12 November 2003

Rosalie Van BreemenRosalie van Breemen
(Model & TV Presenter)

02 August 1966

(YouTube Star)

17 October 2002

Lizzy AnsinghLizzy Ansingh

13 March 1875

Willebrord SnellWillebrord Snell
(Astronomer & Mathematician)

13 June 1580

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

23 November 1837

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

26 January 1955

Tjalling C. KoopmansTjalling C. Koopmans

28 August 1910

Gerard ’t HooftGerard ’t Hooft

05 July 1946

Robin van PersieRobin van Persie
(Association football player)

06 August 1983

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

05 November 1965

Wesley SneijderWesley Sneijder
(Association football player)

09 June 1984

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

01 July 1976

Ruud van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
(Association football player)

01 July 1976

Rutger HauerRutger Hauer
(Actor, Film actor)

23 January 1944

Dennis BergkampDennis Bergkamp
(Association football player)

10 May 1969