Famous belgians by category




Lambert Adolphe Quetelet, mathematician and inventor of the Body Mass Index

Gerardus Mercator, cartographer, mathematician and geographer

Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone

Ernest Solvay, inventor of the Solvey process (ammonia)

Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, inventor of the internal-combustion engine

Edward de Smedt, chemist and inventor of modern-day road asphalt

Joseph Plateau, inventor of the stroboscope

Leo Hendrik Baekeland, inventor of the synthetic resin known as "bakelite"

Zénobe Gramme, inventor of the Gramme dynamo

Constant Loiseau, inventor of the optometer

Charles Van Depoele, inventor of the electric railway

Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt, inventor of the two-finger guitar playing technique



Nobel laureates

Ilya Prigogine, Chemistry, 1977

Christian de Duve, Physiology and Medicine, 1974

Albert Claude, Physiology and Medicine, 1974

Georges Pire, Peace, 1958

Corneille Heymans, Physiology and Medicine, 1938

Jules Bordet, Physiology and Medicine, 1919

Henri La Fontaine, Peace, 1913

Maurice Maeterlinck, Literature, 1911

Auguste Beernaert, Peace, 1909




Rene Magritte, painter and theorist of surrealism

Peter Paul Rubens, painter

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painter

Paul Delvaux, surrealist painter




Georges Simenon, writer

Georges Remi (Herge), the creator of TinTin

Emile Leon Cammaerts, poet

Hugo Claus, poet, dramatist, novelist and film writer

Maurice Maeterlinck, author (Nobel Prize for Literature, 1911)

Guido Gezelle, Roman Catholic priest, teacher and poet

Georges Rodenbach, poet and novelist

Ernest Claes, novelist and short-story writer

Hendrik Conscience, novelist and short-story writer who "taught the people how to read"



Film, radio, TV

Urbanus (van Anus), comedian (his real name is Urbain Servranckx)

Audrey Hepburn, actress and special ambassador to UNICEF

Marcel Vanthilt, ex-VJ on MTV and leadsinger of the band "Arbeid Adelt"

Jean-Claude Van Damme, action-film hero

Bart Peeters, radio and TV presenter

Stijn Coninx, director of "Daens" (nominated for an Oscar® in 1992)




Toots Thielemans, world-famous jazz musician

Jacques Brel, legendary chansonnier / singer

Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone

Arthur Grumiaux, eminent violinist

Dani Klein, lead singer of "Vaya Con Dios" (sold 10 million CD's)

Koen Wauters, leadsinger of the popular band "Clouseau"

Helmut Lotti, international pop singer

Plastic Bertrand, punk/rock singer of 'Ca Plane Pour Moi' fame

Sandra Kim, youngest ever winner of the Eurovision Song Contest

Eddy Wally, world-famous Flemish singer (aka "The Voice of Europe")

Jeanne Deckers (Soeur Sourire), the Singing Sun who had a number one hit in the US with 'Dominique'

Raymond van het Groenewoud, singer

Herman Schueremans, organiser of the annual Werchter Rock Festival

Will Tura, Flemish singer (real name Arthur Blanckaert)

Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt, inventor of the two-finger guitar playing technique





Father Damien (Pater Damiaan), missionary on the leper island of Molokai, Hawaii (now confirmed a Saint by the Vatican)

Jeanne Deckers (Soeur Sourire), the Singing Sun who had a number one hit in the US with 'Dominique'

Cornelis Jansen, Flemish theologian who founded the Jansenism movement




Victor Horta, credited with the introduction of Art Nouveau architecture

Henri Clemens van de Velde, Art Nouveau architect

Cornelis Floris de Vriendt, designer of the magnificent Antwerp Town Hall




Hercule Poirot, Belgian detective

Pierre Culliford, alias "Peyo", the creator of "The Smurfs"

Andre Franquin, creator of the "Guust Flater" and "Marsupilami" comic series

Dirk Frimout, the first Belgian astronaut




All this data comes from famousbelgians.net


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