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Famous Belgians

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


H - K

  • Pierre Harmel former prime minister
  • Louis Hennepin first European to explore upper Mississippi river
  • Justine Henin tennis player
  • Audrey Hepburn actress, humanitarian
  • Ivan Heylen singer
  • Corneille Heymans Nobel laureate, physiologist
  • Camille Huysmans politician
  • Jacques Bernard "Jacky" Ickx racecar driver
  • Paul-Emile Janson former prime minister
  • Henri Jaspar former prime minister
  • Georges Jobe motocross racer
  • Jacob Jordaens artist
  • Albert Joseph , Count Goblet d'Alviella politician, military officer
  • Jules Joseph, Baron d'Anethan politician
  • Dani Klein singer
L
  • Henri La Fontaine Nobel laureate, lawyer
  • Esther Lambrechts "La Esterella" singer
  • Lamoral, Count of Egmont general, statesman
  • Orlando di Lasso composer
  • Joseph Lebeau former prime minister
  • Edmond Leburton former prime minister
  • Georges Lemaitre proposed Big Bang theory
  • Camille Lemonnier author, poet
  • Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir inventor internal-combustion engine
  • Leopold I King of Belgium 1831-1865
  • Leopold II King of Belgium 1865-1909
  • Leopold III King of Belgium 1934-1951
  • Constant Loiseau inventor optometer, physician
  • Helmut Lotti tenor, songwriter
M - N
  • Maurice Maeterlinck Nobel laureate, playwright, poet
  • Rene Magritte artist
  • Xavier Mallise tennis player
  • Jules Malou statesman
  • Wilfried Martensformer prime minister
  • Quentin Matsys artist
  • Filip Meirhaeghe mountain bike racer
  • Gerardus Mercator cartographer, mathematician
  • Eddy Merckx cyclist, five-time winner Tour de France
  • Jean-Baptiste Nothomb former prime minister
O - P
  • Johannes Ockeghem composer
  • Abraham Ortelius cartographer, geographer
  • Bart Peeters actor, television presenter
  • Jean-Marie Pfaff footballer
  • Joseph Pholien former prime minister
  • Hubert Pierlot former prime minister, jurist
  • Dominque Pire Nobel laureate
  • Henri Pirenne historian
  • Eddy Planckaert cyclist
  • Joseph Plateau inventor, physicist
  • Hercule Poirot detective (fictional character)
  • Prosper Poullet former prime minister
  • Emiel Puttemans long distance runner, Olympic medalist
Q - R
  • Lambert Adolphe Quetelet mathematician, developed Quetelet index
  • Heidi Rakels judoka , Olympic medalist
  • Jean "Django" Reinhardt guitarist, composer
  • Jules Renkin former prime minister
  • Joel Robert motocross racer
  • Albrecht Rodenbach poet
  • Georges Rodenbach poet, novelist
  • Gaston Roelands runner, steeplechaser, Olympic medalist
  • Jacques Rogge sports bureaucrat, physician
  • Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns attorney, diplomat
  • Jo Ropcke film critic
  • Senne Rouffaer actor
  • Vincent Rousseau runner
  • John Michael Rysbrack sculptor

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