100 Notable alumni of
Ghent University

Ghent University is 419th in the world, 143rd in Europe, and 2nd in Belgium by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Ghent University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff. 1 individual affiliated with Ghent University won Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine.

  1. Guy Verhofstadt

    Guy Verhofstadt
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Guy Maurice Marie Louise Verhofstadt is a Belgian politician who was the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 2009 to 2019, and has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Belgium since 2009. He was the Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 to 2008 and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget from 1985 to 1992. He was a Member of the Chamber of Representatives from 1985 to 2009.

  2. Maurice Maeterlinck

    Maurice Maeterlinck
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1862-1949 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    essayistpoetauthortranslatorwriter
    Biography

    Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck, also known as Count (or Comte) Maeterlinck from 1932, was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations". The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. He was a leading member of La Jeune Belgique group and his plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement. In later life, Maeterlinck faced credible accusations of plagiarism.

  3. Jacques Rogge

    Jacques Rogge
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1942-2021 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    politicianrugby union playerphysiciansurgeon
    Biography

    Jacques Jean Marie Rogge, Count Rogge was a Belgian sports administrator and physician who served as the eighth President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 2001 to 2013. In 2013, Rogge became the IOC's Honorary President, a lifetime position, which he held until his death in 2021.

  4. Petra De Sutter

    Petra De Sutter
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    university teachergynaecologistphysicianpolitician
    Biography

    Petra De Sutter is a Belgian gynaecologist and politician, currently serving as federal Deputy Prime Minister.

  5. Leo Baekeland

    Leo Baekeland
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1863-1944 (aged 81)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    Studied in 1882
    Occupations
    chemistinventor
    Biography

    Leo Hendrik Baekeland was a Belgian-American chemist. He is best known for the inventions of Velox photographic paper in 1893, and Bakelite in 1907. He has been called "The Father of the Plastics Industry" for his invention of Bakelite, an inexpensive, non-flammable and versatile plastic, which marked the beginning of the modern plastics industry.

  6. Ovide Decroly

    Ovide Decroly
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1871-1932 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    neurologistpsychologistpsychiatristteacherpedagogue
    Biography

    Jean-Ovide Decroly was a Belgian teacher and psychologist.

  7. Adolphe Quetelet

    Adolphe Quetelet
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1796-1874 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    statisticianastronomercriminologistnaturalistwriter
    Biography

    Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet FRSF or FRSE was a Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist who founded and directed the Brussels Observatory and was influential in introducing statistical methods to the social sciences. His name is sometimes spelled with an accent as Quételet.

  8. Adolf von Baeyer

    Adolf von Baeyer
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1835-1917 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    chemistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf von Baeyer was a German chemist who synthesised indigo and developed a nomenclature for cyclic compounds (that was subsequently extended and adopted as part of the IUPAC organic nomenclature). He was ennobled in the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1885 and was the 1905 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

  9. Peter Piot

    Peter Piot
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    In 1974 graduated with Doctor of Medicine
    Occupations
    microbiologistpoliticianuniversity teachervirologistphysician
    Biography

    Sir Peter Karel, Baron Piot, KCMG, FRCP, FFPH, FMedSci is a Belgian-British microbiologist known for his research into Ebola and AIDS. Piot is the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

  10. Sjokz

    Sjokz
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1987-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Eefje Depoortere, known professionally as Sjokz, is a Belgian television presenter, reporter, and esports player who is currently the host of the League of Legends European Championship. She has also hosted multiple League of Legends World Championships.

  11. Robert Cailliau

    Robert Cailliau
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    engineerprogrammercomputer scientist
    Biography

    Robert Cailliau is a Belgian informatics engineer, computer scientist and author who proposed the first (pre-www) hypertext system for CERN in 1987 and collaborated with Tim Berners-Lee on the World Wide Web from before it got its name. He designed the historical logo of the WWW, organized the first International World Wide Web Conference at CERN in 1994 and helped transfer Web development from CERN to the global Web consortium in 1995. Together with Dr. James Gillies, Cailliau wrote How the Web Was Born, the first book-length account of the origins of the World Wide Web.

  12. Paul Janssen

    Paul Janssen
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1926-2003 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    physician
    Biography

    Paul Adriaan Jan, Baron Janssen was a Belgian physician. He was the founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, a pharmaceutical company with over 20,000 employees which is now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

  13. Paul Bulcke

    Paul Bulcke
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Paul Bulcke is a Belgian businessman who is the chairman and former CEO of Nestlé.

  14. Yves Leterme

    Yves Leterme
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Yves Camille Désiré Leterme is a Belgian politician, a leader of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party (CD&V). He was the Prime Minister of Belgium, from November 2009 to December 2011.

  15. Jean-Pierre Van Rossem

    Jean-Pierre Van Rossem
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1945-2018 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    writereconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Jean-Pierre Van Rossem was a Belgian stock market guru, economist, econometrician, convicted fraudster, author, philosopher, public figure, politician, and member of the Belgian and Flemish Parliaments.

  16. Marc Coucke

    Marc Coucke
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    commissionerbusinessperson
    Biography

    Marc Coucke is a Belgian businessman, multimillionaire and media figure. Founder of former BEL20 pharmaceutical company Omega Pharma, he has spread his business interests across several sectors including art, through his company Kamacoucka, and sports, through the co-ownership and sponsorship of the UCI ProTeam Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team cycling team, sponsorship of French Ligue 1 side Lille OSC and as major share holder of Belgian Pro League team Anderlecht.

  17. Herman Brusselmans

    Herman Brusselmans
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    association football playerplaywrightwritercolumnistpoet
    Biography

    Herman Frans Martha Brusselmans is a Belgian novelist, poet, playwright and columnist. He lives in Ghent. He is one of the best-selling authors in Flanders, but controversial at the same time for his profane language and offensive comedy.

  18. Conner Rousseau

    Conner Rousseau
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1992-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Conner Rousseau is a Belgian politician who is the chairman of the social-democratic Flemish Vooruit party (formerly known as the sp.a).

  19. Fernand Khnopff

    Fernand Khnopff
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1858-1921 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    graphic artistphotographerphilosophersculptorwriter
    Biography

    Fernand Edmond Jean Marie Khnopff was a Belgian symbolist painter.

  20. Noémie Wolfs

    Noémie Wolfs
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Noémie Maria Alexis Ghislaine Wolfs, better known as Noémie Wolfs from Scherpenheuvel-Zichem is a Belgian singer.

  21. Tiesj Benoot

    Tiesj Benoot
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1994-.. (age 28)
    Occupations
    sport cyclist
    Biography

    Tiesj Benoot is a Belgian cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo–Visma.

  22. Daniel Varujan

    Daniel Varujan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1884-1915 (aged 31)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    Studied in 1905
    Occupations
    writerpoet
    Biography

    Daniel Varoujan was an Armenian poet of the early 20th century. At the age of 31, when he was reaching international stature, he was deported and murdered by the Young Turk government, as part of the officially planned and executed Armenian genocide.

  23. Geert Bourgeois

    Geert Bourgeois
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Geert Albert Bourgeois is a Belgian politician of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), which he founded in 2001, who is currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. He previously served as the Minister-President of Flanders from 2014 to 2019. Prior to this, he was a member of the federal Chamber of Representatives for the People's Union from 1995 to 2001, and then for the N-VA from 2001 to 2004. He has been involved in local and regional politics in Flanders since 1976.

  24. Lieven Scheire

    Lieven Scheire
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    Studied in 2000-2004
    Occupations
    columnistWikipediantelevision presentercabaret artist
    Biography

    Lieven Scheire is a Belgian comedian, mainly known for being a member of Neveneffecten.

  25. Dirk Frimout

    Dirk Frimout
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    engineerastrophysicistphysicistastronomerastronaut
    Biography

    Dirk Dries David Damiaan, Viscount Frimout is an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency. He flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-45 as a payload specialist, making him the first Belgian in space.

  26. Philippe Herreweghe

    Philippe Herreweghe
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    choir directorconductorcomposermusician
    Biography

    Philippe Maria François Herreweghe, Knight Herreweghe is a Belgian conductor and choirmaster.

  27. José Alejandrino

    José Alejandrino
    Born in
    Philippines Flag Philippines
    Years
    1870-1951 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    ministerpolitician
    Biography

    José Cándido Alejandrino y Magdangal was a Philippine Republican Army general during the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine–American War.

  28. George Sarton

    George Sarton
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1884-1956 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    chemisthistorianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    George Alfred Leon Sarton was a Belgian-born American chemist and historian. He is considered the founder of the discipline of the history of science as an independent field of study. His most influential works were the Introduction to the History of Science, which consists of three volumes and 4,296 pages and the journal Isis. Sarton ultimately aimed to achieve an integrated philosophy of science that provided a connection between the sciences and the humanities, which he referred to as "the new humanism".

  29. Georges Rodenbach

    Georges Rodenbach
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1855-1898 (aged 43)
    Occupations
    journalistnovelistwriterpoetpoet lawyer
    Biography

    Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach was a Belgian Symbolist poet and novelist.

  30. Ben Weyts

    Ben Weyts
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ben Weyts is a Belgian politician of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA). He has been a Vice Minister-President of Flanders in the Jambon Government since 2019, and serves as the Flemish minister for Animal Welfare, the Brussels Periphery, Education, and Sport. He previously served in the Homans and Bourgeois governments from 2014 to 2019. He was a member of the Chamber of Representatives from 2008 to 2014.

  31. Le Z

    Le Z
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1993-.. (age 29)
    Occupations
    politicianpolitical scientistpipefitter
    Biography

    Dries Van Langenhove is a Belgian politician. Since 2017, he is the founder and leader of the right-wing, Flemish nationalist youth organization Schild & Vrienden, which has been described as far-right. In 2019, he was elected to the Chamber of Representatives on the Vlaams Belang ticket despite not being a registered member of the party.

  32. Tom Lanoye

    Tom Lanoye
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    poetauthorwritercolumnistcreator
    Biography

    Tom Lanoye was born 27 August 1958 in the Belgian city Sint Niklaas. He is a novelist, poet, columnist, screenwriter and playwright. He is one of the most widely read and honoured authors in his language area (the Netherlands and Flanders), and makes regular appearances at all the major European theatre festivals.

  33. Meyrem Almaci

    Meyrem Almaci
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Meyrem Almaci is a Turkish-Belgian politician from Flanders and member of the ecological party Groen. On 10 June 2007, she was elected into the Belgian Chamber of Representatives for the first time. In 2010, she was re-elected. Since 2014 she's also the president of Groen. She is the leader of Groen (and Ecolo) in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives.

  34. Carolus Clusius

    Carolus Clusius
    Born in
    France Flag France
    Years
    1526-1609 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    mycologistornithologisttranslatorbotanistphysician
    Biography

    Charles de l'Écluse, L'Escluse, or Carolus Clusius, seigneur de Watènes, was an Artois doctor and pioneering botanist, perhaps the most influential of all 16th-century scientific horticulturists.

  35. Joke Schauvliege

    Joke Schauvliege
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Joke Schauvliege is a Belgian politician from Flanders.

  36. René Jacobs

    René Jacobs
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    conductorcomposermusicianopera singersinger
    Biography

    René Jacobs is a Belgian musician. He came to fame as a countertenor, but later in his career he became known as a conductor of baroque and classical opera.

  37. Hilde Crevits

    Hilde Crevits
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    Graduated with licentiate in jurisprudence
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hilde Urbanie Julia Crevits is a Belgian politician from Flanders and member of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party who is currently the Flemish minister of Economy, Innovation, Work, Social economy and Agriculture.

  38. Etienne Vermeersch

    Etienne Vermeersch
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1934-2019 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    philosopheruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Etienne Vermeersch was a Belgian moral philosopher, skeptic, opinion maker and debater. He is one of the founding fathers of the abortion, euthanasia law, and the Law on Patients' Rights in Belgium. Vermeersch became an atheist after five years with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Later he became a philosophical materialist. In January 2008, Vermeersch was chosen by hundred prominent Flemings as the most influential intellectual of Flanders. He died in a hospital in Ghent on 18 January 2019 by euthanasia after a long illness.

  39. Catherine De Bolle

    Catherine De Bolle
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    1988-1993 graduated with law degree
    Occupations
    police officer
    Biography

    Catherine De Bolle is the executive director of Europol, succeeding Rob Wainwright whose term expired on 1 May 2018. Before that she was the chief commissioner of the Belgian federal police (1 March 2012–1 May 2018) and chief of the police of zone Ninove (2001–2012).

  40. Pierre François Verhulst

    Pierre François Verhulst
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1804-1849 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    university teachermathematician
    Biography

    Pierre François Verhulst was a Belgian mathematician and a doctor in number theory from the University of Ghent in 1825. He is best known for the logistic growth model.

  41. Maarten Boudry

    Maarten Boudry
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    philosopherscientist
    Biography

    Maarten Boudry is a Dutch-speaking Belgian philosopher and skeptic. He has been a researcher and teaching member of the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Ghent University since 2006. To date, he has published over 30 articles in various philosophy of science journals.

  42. Johan Vande Lanotte

    Johan Vande Lanotte
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    lawyeruniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Johan Cyrille Corneel Vande Lanotte is a Belgian politician. He is a member of the SP.A, and became its party president on 15 October 2005. He handed down his leadership positions after the SP.A lost in the 2007 general election. Between 1995 and 2014, he served more than 13 years as Deputy Prime Minister, the longest period for a Flemish socialist after WW II. In his last term he served as the Minister of Economy, Consumer affairs and North Sea in the Di Rupo I Government. With the formation of a new Centre-Right federal government, which excluded his party, Johan Vande Lanotte returned to local politics in October 2014 in Ostend, where he took up his position as alderman for the economy and tourism at Ostend City Council. From August 2015 until the end of 2018 Vande Lanotte was the mayor of Ostend. During his political career he continued to work as a professor at the University of Ghent, specialized in Constitutional Law and Human Rights. Since 2019, he is a lawyer (senior legal advisor) in the law office Van Steenbrugge in Gent. He was the initiator of the Turkey Tribunal held in Geneva in September 2021

  43. Dries Buytaert

    Dries Buytaert
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    2003-2008 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    engineerprogrammercomputer scientist
    Biography

    Dries Buytaert is a Belgian open-source software programmer notable as founder and lead developer of the Drupal content management system.

  44. Tinne Van der Straeten

    Tinne Van der Straeten
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Tinne Van der Straeten is a Belgian politician and activist who has been serving as Minister of Energy in the De Croo Government since October 2020. She is a member of the party Groen. She previously served in the Chamber of Representatives for Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde from 2007 to 2010 and later for Brussels from 2019 until 2020, when she resigned to become energy minister.

  45. Philippe De Backer

    Philippe De Backer
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    officialpolitician
    Biography

    Philippe De Backer is an Open Vld politician and was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from September 2011 until April 2016, when he became Secretary of State in the Michel Government.

  46. Corneille Heymans

    Corneille Heymans
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1938
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1892-1968 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    physiologisttoxicologistuniversity teacherpharmacologistphysician
    Biography

    Corneille Jean François Heymans was a Belgian physiologist. He studied at the Jesuit College of Saint Barbara and then at Ghent University, where he obtained a doctor's degree in 1920.

  47. Freya Van den Bossche

    Freya Van den Bossche
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Freya Van den Bossche is a Belgian (Flemish) politician and daughter of prominent former Belgian politician Luc Van den Bossche. She is member of the SP.a political party, and she was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget and Consumer Protection in the Belgian federal government. She was the youngest ever minister appointed in Belgium.

  48. Siegfried Bracke

    Siegfried Bracke
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalist
    Biography

    Siegfried Theofiel Hortense Bracke is a former Belgian politician and is affiliated to the N-VA. He was elected as a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in 2010. Bracke was born in Ghent. Before his political career he had a long career as a journalist, working for the VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep - the primary Flemish-Belgian broadcasting company), hosting various politics-related shows such as Villa Politica and Bracke en Crabbé. He is a supporter of Orangism. After the elections in 2019 he ended his political career.

  49. John Crombez

    John Crombez
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    John Crombez is a Belgian politician. He has been leader of the Socialist Party Differently (sp.a) since 2015. In the Di Rupo Government (2011–2014) he was Secretary of State for combatting fraud.

  50. Mathias De Clercq

    Mathias De Clercq
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Mathias Toon Cecil Willy De Clercq, esq. is a Belgian politician. He is a member of the Flemish liberal party. At the moment he is the mayor of Ghent. From 2007 until 2014 he was a federal representative, and from 2014 until 2019, he was a Flemish representative. From 2007 until 2019 he was a schepen in Ghent. He belongs to the social liberal wing of his party.

  51. Dirk Verhofstadt

    Dirk Verhofstadt
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    writerphilosopherpolitician
    Biography

    Dirk Verhofstadt is a Belgian social liberal (Rawlsian) theorist and younger brother of former Belgian Prime Minister and former ALDE European Parliament Leader Guy Verhofstadt. He has a keen interest in political philosophy, and his philosophical outlook is influenced by Karl Popper, John Stuart Mill, Cesare Beccaria, Thomas Paine, Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum.

  52. Ramos de Azevedo

    Ramos de Azevedo
    Born in
    Brazil Flag Brazil
    Years
    1851-1928 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    university teacherentrepreneurengineerarchitect
    Biography

    Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo was a Brazilian architect, known for designing various buildings and landmarks in São Paulo, such as the Teatro Municipal, the Mercado Municipal and the Pinacoteca. He was one of the founders and director of the University of São Paulo's Polytechnical School.

  53. Willy De Clercq

    Willy De Clercq
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1927-2011 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    lawyeruniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Willy Clarisse Elvire Hector, Viscount De Clercq was a Belgian liberal politician.

  54. Egbert Lachaert

    Egbert Lachaert
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Egbert R. Lachaert is a Belgian lawyer and politician who is currently party chairman of the Open VLD.

  55. Gerard Mortier

    Gerard Mortier
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1943-2014 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    intendantdramaturge
    Biography

    Gerard Alfons August, Baron Mortier was a Belgian opera director and administrator of Flemish origin.

  56. Karel Van Miert

    Karel Van Miert
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1942-2009 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Karel Antonius Lucia Maria van Miert was a Flemish politician of the Different Socialist Party and official of the European Commission.

  57. Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns

    Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1835-1902 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    juristdiplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Gustave Henri Ange Hippolyte Rolin-Jaequemyns was a Belgian lawyer, diplomat and Minister of the Interior (1878–1884) as a member of the Unitarian Liberal Party. Together with the Swiss jurist Gustave Moynier, he founded the Institut de Droit International and became its first Honorary President.

  58. Charles Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg

    Charles Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg
    Born in
    France Flag France
    Years
    1814-1874 (aged 60)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    Studied theology and philosophy
    Occupations
    archaeologistnovelistanthropologisthistorian
    Biography

    Abbé Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg was a noted French writer, ethnographer, historian, archaeologist, and Catholic priest. He became a specialist in Mesoamerican studies, travelling extensively in the region. His writings, publications, and recovery of historical documents contributed much to knowledge of the region's languages, writing, history and culture, particularly those of the Maya and Aztec civilizations. However, his speculations concerning relationships between the ancient Maya and the lost continent of Atlantis inspired Ignatius L. Donnelly and encouraged the pseudo-science of Mayanism.

  59. Erwin Mortier

    Erwin Mortier
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    writertranslatorauthorpoetjournalist
    Biography

    Erwin Mortier is a Dutch-language Belgian author. Spending his youth in Hansbeke, he later moved to nearby Ghent, where he became city poet (2005–2006).

  60. Franz Cumont

    Franz Cumont
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1868-1947 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    epigrapheruniversity teacherhistorian of religionhistoriananthropologist
    Biography

    Franz-Valéry-Marie Cumont was a Belgian archaeologist and historian, a philologist and student of epigraphy, who brought these often isolated specialties to bear on the syncretic mystery religions of Late Antiquity, notably Mithraism.

  61. Jan Blommaert

    Jan Blommaert
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1961-2021 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    linguistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Jan Blommaert was a Belgian sociolinguist and linguistic anthropologist, Professor of Language, Culture and Globalization and Director of the Babylon Center at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He also held appointments at Ghent University (Belgium) and University of the Western Cape (South Africa). He was considered to be one of the world's most prominent sociolinguists and linguistic anthropologists, who had contributed substantially to sociolinguistic globalization theory that focuses on historical as well as contemporary patterns of the spread of languages and forms of literacy, and on lasting and new forms of inequality emerging from globalization processes.

  62. Alicja Gescinska

    Alicja Gescinska
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    Studied in 2007
    Occupations
    writerphilosopherauthor
    Biography

    Alicja Anna Gescinska is a Polish-Belgian philosopher.

  63. Suzanne Lilar

    Suzanne Lilar
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1901-1992 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    writerphilosopheressayistlawyerliterary critic
    Biography

    Baroness Suzanne Lilar was a Flemish Belgian essayist, novelist, and playwright writing in French. She was the wife of the Belgian Minister of Justice Albert Lilar and mother of the writer Françoise Mallet-Joris and the art historian Marie Fredericq-Lilar.

  64. Vincent Van Peteghem

    Vincent Van Peteghem
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Vincent Van Peteghem is a Belgian economist and politician of CD&V who has been serving as Minister of Finance in the government of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo since 1 October 2020. He was a member of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium from 2014 until 2020.

  65. Marleen Temmerman

    Marleen Temmerman
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    obstetricianpoliticianuniversity teachergynaecologistphysician
    Biography

    Marleen Temmerman is a Belgian gynaecologist, professor and former Senator, currently heading the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya.

  66. Maxime De Winne

    Maxime De Winne
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    performing artistactor
    Biography

    Maxime De Winne is a Flemish actor and theatre producer.

  67. Johan Daisne

    Johan Daisne
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1912-1978 (aged 66)
    Occupations
    librarianpoetwriterscreenwriter
    Biography

    Johan Daisne was the pseudonym of Flemish author Herman Thiery. Born in Ghent, Belgium, he attended the Koninklijk Atheneum before studying Economics and Slavic languages at Ghent University, receiving his doctorate in 1936. In 1945 he was appointed chief librarian of the city of Ghent.

  68. Robert van Genechten

    Robert van Genechten
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1895-1945 (aged 50)
    Enrolled in Ghent University
    Studied jurisprudence
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacherwriterlawyerjurist
    Biography

    Robert van Genechten was a Belgian-born Dutch politician and writer and a leading collaborator during the German occupation of the Netherlands.

  69. Karel van de Woestijne

    Karel van de Woestijne
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1878-1929 (aged 51)
    Occupations
    writerpoet
    Biography

    Carolus Petrus Eduardus Maria "Karel" van de Woestijne was a Flemish writer and brother of the painter Gustave van de Woestijne. He went to highschool at the Koninklijk Athenaeum (E:Royal Athenaeum) at the Ottogracht in Ghent. He also studied Germanic philology at the University of Ghent, where he came into contact with French symbolism. He lived at Sint-Martens-Latem from April 1900 up to January 1904, and from April 1905 up to November 1906. Here he wrote Laetemsche brieven over de lente, for his friend Adolf Herckenrath (1901). In 1907 he moved to Brussels, and in 1915 he moved to Pamel, where he wrote De leemen torens together with Herman Teirlinck.

  70. Luis Cruls

    Luis Cruls
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1848-1908 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    astronomer
    Biography

    Luíz Cruls or Luís Cruls or Louis Ferdinand Cruls was a Belgian-Brazilian astronomer and geodesist. He was Director of the Brazilian National Observatory from 1881 to 1908, led the commission charged with the survey and selection of a future site for the capital of Brazil in the Central Plateau, and was co-discoverer of the Great Comet of 1882. Cruls was also an active proponent of efforts to accurately measure solar parallax and towards that end led a Brazilian team in their observations of 1882 Transit of Venus in Punta Arenas, Chile.

  71. Fientje Moerman

    Fientje Moerman
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Joséphine Rebecca Marie Julienne Bertha "Fientje" Moerman is a Belgian liberal politician and currently a judge on the Constitutional Court of Belgium.

  72. Bruno Tobback

    Bruno Tobback
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bruno Tobback was the president of the Flemish socialist party Different Socialist Party (SP.A) from 2011 to 2015. He was Minister of Environment and Pensions in the Belgian federal government from 2004 until 2007. He is the son of former minister and former mayor of Leuven Louis Tobback. He is a Licentiate in Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1992) and a Licentiate in Social and Economic Law (UGent, 1994). He was a member of the Flemish Parliament from 1995 to 2004.

  73. Marc Van Montagu

    Marc Van Montagu
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1933-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    molecular biologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Marc, Baron Van Montagu is a Belgian molecular biologist. He was full professor and director of the Laboratory of Genetics at the faculty of Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) and scientific director of the Genetics Department of the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB). Together with Jozef Schell he founded the biotech company Plant Genetic Systems Inc. (Belgium) in 1982, of which he was Scientific Director and member of the board of Directors. Van Montagu was also involved in founding the biotech company CropDesign, of which he was a Board member from 1998 to 2004. He is president of the Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI).

  74. Marcel Minnaert

    Marcel Minnaert
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1893-1970 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    politicianastrophysicistEsperantistuniversity teacherphysicist
    Biography

    Marcel Gilles Jozef Minnaert was a Dutch astronomer of Belgian origin. He was born in Bruges and died in Utrecht. He is notable for his contributions to astronomy and physics and for a popular book on meteorological optics: Light and colour in the open air, first published in English in 1940.

  75. Annelies Verbeke

    Annelies Verbeke
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    playwrightauthorwriterscreenwriter
    Biography

    Annelies Verbeke is a Belgian author who writes in Dutch. She made her name with the novel Slaap! (Sleep!) which has been translated into several languages.

  76. Joseph Guislain

    Joseph Guislain
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1797-1860 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    university teacherpsychiatrist
    Biography

    Joseph Guislain was a Belgian physician and a pioneer in psychiatry.

  77. Ward Ruyslinck

    Ward Ruyslinck
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1929-2014 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    writerpoetautobiographer
    Biography

    Raymond De Belser, pseudonym Ward Ruyslinck, was a Belgian writer. He is the son of Leo De Belser and Germaine Nauwelaers. His father was a librarian at an oil company, and Ward Ruyslinck grew up in a Roman Catholic family. During the Second World War, the family moved to Mortsel.

  78. Pol Van Den Driessche

    Pol Van Den Driessche
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalist
    Biography

    Pol Van Den Driessche is a Belgian ex-journalist, writer and politician.

  79. Maurice Lippens

    Maurice Lippens
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1875-1956 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Maurice Auguste Count Lippens was a noble Belgian businessman, politician, and colonial civil servant and lawyer.

  80. Victor Alter

    Victor Alter
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    Years
    1890-1943 (aged 53)
    Occupations
    engineerpoliticiantrade unionist
    Biography

    Victor Alter was a Polish Jewish socialist activist and Bund publicist, and a member of the executive committee of the Second International.

  81. Hans Bonte

    Hans Bonte
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hans Bonte is a Belgian politician and has been a federal representative since 1995 (for the constituency of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde). He is a member of Vooruit (formerly SP.A), the Flemish social-democratic party.

  82. Edilberto Evangelista

    Edilberto Evangelista
    Born in
    Philippines Flag Philippines
    Years
    1862-1897 (aged 35)
    Occupations
    civil engineer
    Biography

    Edilberto Evangelista was a Filipino civil engineer and a revolutionary.

  83. Franz Hellens

    Franz Hellens
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1881-1972 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    writerpoet
    Biography

    Franz Hellens, born Frédéric van Ermengem was a prolific Belgian novelist, poet and critic. Although of Flemish descent, he wrote entirely in French, and lived in Paris from 1947 to 1971. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.

  84. Jean Van Houtte

    Jean Van Houtte
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1907-1991 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    bankerlawyereconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Jean Marie Joseph, Baron Van Houtte (17 March 1907 – 23 May 1991) was a Belgian politician who served as Prime Minister of Belgium from 1952 to 1954.

  85. Geert Lambert

    Geert Lambert
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Geert Lambert is a Belgian politician and lawyer. He was the president of Spirit, a Flemish political party, from 2004 until 2007, when he was succeeded by Bettina Geysen. In 2003 he became a member of the Chamber of Representatives, where he headed the Spirit fraction, and following the 2007 Belgian federal election held on 10 June 2007, he became a directly elected member of the Belgian Senate.

  86. Piet Vanthemsche

    Piet Vanthemsche
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    civil servant
    Biography

    Piet, Baron Vanthemsche is a Belgian veterinary surgeon and civil servant. In 2008, he succeeded Noël Devisch as President of the Boerenbond (E: Catholic Belgian Farmers Union) in Leuven.

  87. Boudewijn Bouckaert

    Boudewijn Bouckaert
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Boudewijn Bouckaert is a Belgian law professor, a member of the Flemish Movement, and a libertarian conservative thinker and politician. He chairs the academic board of the LIB-ERA! think tank and serves as Member of the Flemish Parliament for the liberal party List Dedecker. He is also a former president of the Belgian classical liberal think tank Nova Civitas.

  88. Alexandra Colen

    Alexandra Colen
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Alexandra Maria Catherine Colen is a Belgian politician. She was member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives for the Vlaams Belang party from 21 May 1995 until May 2014. She holds a PhD in linguistics, and is known for her advocacy of strict Catholic ethics.

  89. Peter Vanvelthoven

    Peter Vanvelthoven
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Peter Karel Alexander Vanvelthoven is a Belgian politician and member of the SP.A. He is the son of politician Louis Vanvelthoven. He became the Federal Minister for Employment, charged with the Informatisation of the State, in 2005 after Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget Johan Vande Lanotte left the Federal Government to become the President of the Different Socialist Party (SP.A).

  90. Lode Craeybeckx

    Lode Craeybeckx
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1897-1976 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalist
    Biography

    Lode Craeybeckx served as mayor of Antwerp, Belgium from 1947 until his death in 1976, becoming the longest-serving mayor of the city in its history.

  91. Wim Blockmans

    Wim Blockmans
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    university teacherhistorian
    Biography

    Willem Pieter Blockmans was Professor of Medieval History at Leiden University between 1987 and 2010. He earned a PhD from the University of Ghent. He has been Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study since September 2002. He has published extensively on late medieval and early modern state power.

  92. Marleen Vanderpoorten

    Marleen Vanderpoorten
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Marleen Caroline Valère Vanderpoorten Belgian politician from Flanders and member of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD). She is a daughter of Herman Vanderpoorten and a granddaughter of Arthur Vanderpoorten. She obtained a degree in history from the University of Ghent (Ghent, Belgium).

  93. Paul de Wispelaere

    Paul de Wispelaere
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1928-2016 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    university teacherwriter
    Biography

    Paul de Wispelaere was a Flemish writer.

  94. Freddy Willockx

    Freddy Willockx
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    writereconomistpolitician
    Biography

    Frederik A. A. Willockx is a Belgian socialist politician, member of the Flemish Different Socialist Party.

  95. Hendrik Cornelis

    Hendrik Cornelis
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1910-1999 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hendrik "Rik" Cornelis was a Belgian colonial civil servant who served as the final Governor-General of the Belgian Congo from 1958 to 1960. His term ended with the independence of the Republic of the Congo.

  96. François Laurent

    François Laurent
    Born in
    Luxembourg Flag Luxembourg
    Years
    1810-1887 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    juristhistorianlawyerwriteruniversity teacher
    Biography

    François Laurent was a Belgian historian and jurisconsult.

  97. George Van Biesbroeck

    George Van Biesbroeck
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1880-1974 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    astronomer
    Biography

    George A. Van Biesbroeck was a Belgian–American astronomer. He worked at observatories in Belgium, Germany and the United States. He specialized in the observation of double stars, asteroids and comets. He is notable for his long career as an observational astronomer.

  98. Edouard Ducpétiaux

    Edouard Ducpétiaux
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1804-1868 (aged 64)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Antoine Édouard Ducpétiaux was a Belgian journalist and social reformer.

  99. Jozef Schell

    Jozef Schell
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1935-2003 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    university teachermolecular biologistprofessorbiologist
    Biography

    Jozef Stefaan "Jeff", Baron Schell was a Belgian molecular biologist.

  100. Marc Bossuyt

    Marc Bossuyt
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    judgejuristuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Marc, Baron Bossuyt is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and a former judge at the Belgian Constitutional Court.