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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.

S - B
  • May Eleanor Sarton poet, novelist
  • Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone
  • Bobbejaan Schoepen musician
  • Frans Schollaert former prime minister
  • Briek Schotte cyclist
  • Herman Schueremans concert promoter
  • Enzo Scifo footballer
  • Raoul Servais film maker
  • Georges Simenon author
  • The Singing Nun (Soeur Sourire) nun, singer
  • Frans Snyders artist
  • Ernest Solvay chemist, industrialist, inventor
  • Paul Henri Spaak former prime minister
  • Patrick Stevens sprinter
  • Simon Stevin mathematician, engineer
  • Stijn Streuvels author
T - U
  • Herman Teirlinck author
  • David Teniers the Younger artist
  • George Theunis former prime minister
  • Toots Thielemans jazz musician
  • Philippe Thijs cyclist
  • Guy Thys football coach
  • Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly military leader
  • Felix Timmermans author
  • Leo Tindemans former prime minister
  • Will Tura Flemish singer
  • Urbanus comedian, comic book writer
V
  • Achiel Van Acker former prime minister
  • Jacob van Artevelde statesman, political leader
  • Harry Van Barneveld judoka, Olympic medalist
  • Walter Van Beirendonck fashion designer
  • Ivo Van Damme athlete
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme actor
  • Charles Van Depoele electrical engineer, inventor, pioneer electric railway
  • Flory Van Donck golfer
  • Anton van Dyck artist
V continued
  • Jan Baptista van Helmont physician, chemist
  • Paul Van Himst footballer, manager
  • Bernard Van Hool founder of Van Hool NV coachbuilder
  • Henri "Rik" Van Looy cyclist
  • Dries van Noten fashion designer
  • Paul van Ostayen poet, author
  • Jan Van Ruysbroeck mystic beatified by Pope Pius X
  • Paul van Zeeland politician, lawyer
  • Alios Van de Vyvere politician
  • Jean-Sylvain Van de Weyer politician
  • Karel Van de Woestijne author
  • Gella Vandecaveye judoka, Olympic medalist
  • Paul Vanden Boeynants former prime minister
  • Marcel Vanthilt musician, television presenter
  • Emile Verhaeren poet
  • Guy Verhofstadt former prime minister
  • Henri Vieuxtemps violinist, composer
  • Diane von Furstenberg fashion designer
W - Z
  • Eddy Wally singer
  • Ulla Werbrouck judoka, Olympic medalist
  • Charles Woeste politician
  • Marguerite Yourcenar novelist, essayist
  • Eugene Ysaye violinist, conductor, composer
  • Louis Zimmer clockmaker

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.