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First posted on November 16th 2002, last revised on November 16th 2004






External Links : Biographies related to Belgian History

For links on general biographical sources, go to Biographies Main Page

World Statesmen : Belgium, by Ben Cahoon; not biographies, but lists of kings, prime ministers etc, since the 18th century
Leaders of Belgium, from ZPC, since 1940; Leaders of Belgian regional and ethnical communities, from ZPC; World Rulers : Belgium, by Enno Schulz, illustrated; Rulers : Belgium, by B. Schemmel
Kings of the Belgians by Robert Warholm, in English
Belgian Prime Ministers, from the Website of the Belgian Prime Minister
Tot de Laatste Frank (Until the Last Franc), by K. Driessens, history of money in Belgium, in Dutch, richly illustrated; has biographic information on Belgian royalty
De Belgische Monarchie, official site, has biographical information on historical kings and the present royal family; also available in French, German
Wer war wer im Dreissigjährigen Krieg ? (Who was who in the 30 Years War ?), German language, illustrated, extensive biographies
ÖH : Ökumenisches Heiligenlexikon (Ecumenical Lexicon of Saints), Belgium-Luxemburg index; in German
Biografier : Belgia ((Saints') Biographies : Belgium), from Kirken i Norge; 139 biographies, in Norwegian
Art-istocracy of the Past, collection of scans of paintings featuring royalty; Belgium
Index of Belgian Painters, from Olga's Gallery, 36 entries; Belgian Painters, from Weborgers; Belgian Virtual Gallery
Mathematicians born in Belgium, from Mac Tutor
The Museum van de Vaderlandse Geschiedenis (Univ. Nijmegen) lists a considerable number of biographies, parially of Belgians, some in both English and Dutch, mostly only in Dutch
G.J. van Bork, P.J. Verkruijsse, De Nederlandse en Vlaamse Auteurs (Dutch and Flemish Authors), a collection of online biographical entries in Dutch language
P.G. Witsen Geysbeek, Biographisch, Anthologisch en Critisch Woordenbook der Nederduitsche Dichters (1821-1827, 6 parts) online edition, in Dutch
Famous Belgians, English language site offering 247 brief biographies
Dictionnaire des Personalites, from Brabant Wallon, 32 brief French language biographies (covers only the French speaking part of Brabant)
Geschiedenis : Wie is wie ? (History : Who is who ?), from Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen, a databank of 1400 biographies, in Dutch
Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging (New Encyclopedia of the Flemish Movement), in Dutch, biographies section
Belga, from Antenati, Dizionario degli autori Europei, in Italian, 5 entries
Biographical Archive of the BeNeLux Countries, online bibliography posted by Saur Verlag, lists 123 titles of compendia containing biographies
Who is Who : Belgium, from firstworldwar.com, 12 English-language biographies
Titres Royaux en Belgique (Royal Titles in Belgium), by Stephane Guiot, in French
De Belgische Dynastie, by 6B SBS Koersel (12 year olds), Dutch language site
Persons from Belgium, from Who Named it ?, 6 entries
Wazamar Genealogie in de Nederlanden (Genealogy in the Low Countries), in Dutch
Ars Moriendi (Latin, "the art to die"), in Dutch, numerous biographical sources on famous Belgians, many eulogies
Bekende Bruggelingen (Famous Citizens of Brugge), posted by Heemkundige Kring "Maurits Van Coppenolle" Brugge, in Dutch
Printed Reference : Biographies related to Belgian History

Robert Stallaerts, Historical Dictionary of Belgium, London : Scarecrow 1999, 303 pp.; KMLA Lib.Sign. R 949.3 S782h


For the history of the Southern Netherlands prior to 1579, go to Biographies, Netherlands Page

Spanish Rule I, 1579-1713 ..... go to narrative history of Belgium 1579-1713

Albert, Archduke of Austria (Albrecht), from 1598 to 1621 stadholder of the Southern Netherlands
... article from History Today, 63 lines; from Marc Nollet (click Spanish Netherlands, history); a numismatic site including biographic information, illustrated
Bolland, Jean, 1596-1665, Jesuit and hagiographer
... from Catholic Encyclopedia, 51 lines
Dyck, Anton van, 1599-1641, painter
... from Famous Belgians, 24 lines
Helmont, Jan Baptista van, 1580-1644, physician and chemist
... from Famous Belgians, 9 lines
Isabel of Castile, wife of Albert, Archduke of Austria and stadholder 1598-1621
... article from History Today, 63 lines
Jansen, Cornelis, 1585-1638, theologian
... from Famous Belgians, 30 lines; Article Jansenius and Jansenism, from Catholic Encyclopedia, extensive
Mercator, Gerardus (Gerard Kremer), 1512-1594, cartographer
... from Famous Belgians, 10 lines; from MacTutor, illustrated, 133 lines
Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598, cartographer
... from Famous Belgians, 4 lines
Plantin, Christophe (Christoffel Plantijn), 1520-1589, book printer
... from Famous Belgians, 12 lines; from infoplease
... from Historiek (History of Book Printing in Antwerp), from Museum Antwerpen Plantijn-Moretus
Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640, painter
... from Famous Belgians, 43 lines, illustrated
Tilly, Johann Tserclaes, 1559-1632, field marshall
... from Famous Belgians, 10 lines; from Wer war wer im 30jährigen Krieg ?, in German, illustrated, detailed
Vesalius, Andreas, 1514-1564, founder of modern anatomy
... from Catalog of the Scientific Community at Rice
... Andreas Vesalius Website, at Northwestern; another one by Jan van Robays
... Vesalius Library Website
... Image, from MATEO (Boissard 1652-1669)

Austrian Rule, 1713-1789 ..... go to narrative history of Belgium 1713-1789

Anneessens, Francois, 1660-1719, master of the tilers' guild, Brussels, executed because he defended his guild's privileges against restrictions imposed on them by the Austrian administration
... from Yahoo Encyclopedie, in French, 3 lines
Barbiano de Belgiojoso, Louis Charles Maria Comte, in office 1783-1787, minister plenipotentiary
... responsible for implementing many of Joseph II.'s radical reforms
Charles de Lorraine, Gouverneur General of the Austrian Netherlands 1744-1780
... from aeiou (Karl Prinz von Lothringen und Bar), illustrated, 7 lines
Espen, Zeger Bernhard van, 1646-1728, Belgian theologian
... from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908 edition, 65 lines
Neny, Patrice-Francois de, 1716-1784, Belgian theologian
... worked to introduce the Gallican liberties to the church of the Austrian Netherlands (Ecclesia Belgica)
... project description by B. Wauters

Revolution, Battleground, French province, 1789-1815 ..... go to narrative history of Belgium 1789-1795; . 1795-1813

Noot, Hendrik van der, 1731-1827, revolutionary leader
... by Ron Vonck, in Dutch, detailed
Vonck, Jan Frans, 1743-1792, revolutionary leader
... by Ron Vonck, in Dutch, illustrated, detailed; from aalst.be, in Dutch, 7 lines

Unified Netherlands, 1815-1830 ..... go to narrative history of Belgium 1815-1830


Belgium 1830-1914 ..... go to narrative history of Belgium 1830-1848, 1848-1870, 1870-1890, 1890-1914

Baekeland, Leo Hendrik, 1863-1944, chemist
... from Famous Belgians, 8 lines; from Museum van Vaderlandse Geschiedenis, in Dutch, illustrated, 27 lines
Beernaert, Auguste, 1829-1912, winner of the 1909 Nobel Peace Prize
... from Famous Belgians, 7 lines; from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, 95 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, 20 lines, illustrated
Conscience, Hendrik, 1812-1883, writer
... from infoplease 6 lines; from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, illustrated, in Dutch, 21 lines
Coster, Charles de, 1827-1879, writer
... from Cethegus, in German, 18 lines
Daens, Adolf, 1839-1907, Belgian priest and politician
... Daens - Die Soziallehre der Kirche, by Mathias Wörther, in German (Daens, the social teaching of the church), article; from aalst.be, in Dutch, 14 lines; from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, in Dutch, illustrated, 24 lines
Damien, Pere (Joseph de Veuster), 1840-1886, missionary
... from Famous Belgians, 13 lines; from Catholic Encyclopedia, 40 lines
Depoele, Charles van, 1846-1892, inventor of the electrically powered railway
... from Famous Belgians, 8 lines
Destree, Jules, 1863-1936, Belgian politician
... from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, illustrated, in Dutch, 18 lines
Frere-Orban, Hubert Joseph Walther, 1812-1896, Belgian statesman
... from EB 1911, 35 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch/French, illustrated, 13+ lines
Gerlache, Adrien de, 1866-1934, leader of an Antarctic expedition
... from Famous Belgians, 6 lines; from infoplease
Gezelle, Guido, 1830-1899, poet
... from Famous Belgians, 9 lines; from infoplease; from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, illustrated, in Dutch, 21 lines
Horta, Vixtor, 1861-1947, Art Nouveau architect
... from Famous Belgians, 14 lines
Khnopff, Fernand, 1858-1921, painter
... from Weborgers, scroll down; illustrated, 21 lines
Lafontaine, Henri Marie, 1854-1943, winner of the 1913 Nobel Peace Prize
... from Famous Belgians, 13 lines; from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, 186 lines
Laveleye, Emile de, 1822-1892, Belgian politician
... by Alec Vuylsteke, extensive, in Dutch
Lateau, Louise, 1850-1883, mystic
... from Famous Belgians, 8 lines
Lenoir, Jean Joseph Etienne, 1822-1900, inventor of the internal combustion engine
... from Famous Belgians, 6 lines
Leopold I., 1790-1865, King
... from Famous Belgians, 10 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 49 lines
Leopold II., 1865-1909, King
... from Famous Belgians, 12 lines; from Museum van Vaderlandse Geschiedenis, in Dutch, illustrated, 17 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 51 lines
Maeterlinck, Maurice, 1862-1949, writer, recipient of the 1911 Nobel Literature Prize
... from Famous Belgians, 19 lines; from Books and Writers, 94 lines; from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, 44 lines
Nothomb, Jean-Baptiste, 1805-1881, Belgian statesman
... from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 edition, 44 lines; from EB 1911, 21 lines
Praet, Jules van, 1806-1887, Belgian statesman
... by A. v.d. Abeele in Dutch
Rops, Felicien, 1833-1898, painter
... from Weborgers, illustrated, 23 lines
Sax, Adolphe, 1814-1894, inventor of the saxophone
... from Famous Belgians, 7 lines; from Bob Childs, 62 lines; from Icons of Europe, illustrated, 10 lines
Velde, Henri Clemens van de, 1863-1957, Art Nouveau architect
... from Famous Belgians, 14 lines
Verhaeren, Emile, 1855-1916, writer
... from Stone Horse, 10 lines; from La litterature Belge de langua Francaise, illustrated, in French, 24 lines
Willems, Jan F., 1793-1846, poet
... from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, in Dutch, illustrated, 18 lines

From WW I to WW II, 1914-1945 ..... go to narrative history of Belgium 1914-1918, 1918-1929, 1929-1940, 1940-1945

Albert I., 1875-1934, King
... from Famous Belgians, illustrated, 23 lines; . from Museum van Vaderlandse Geschiedenis, in Dutch, illustrated, 18 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 78 lines
... from Belgian Forces, in French, illustrated, 60 lines
Astrid, 1906-1934 , Queen
... from gva.be, in Dutch
Bethmann-Hollweg, 1856-1921, German chancellor
... from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, short biography focussing on his Belgium-policy in WW I, in Dutch, illustrated, 22 lines
Bissing, Moritz von, 1844-1917, German Governor-General of Belgium
... from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, illustrated, in Dutch, 21 lines
Bordet, Jules, 1870-1961, recipient of the 1919 Nobel Prize for Medicine
... from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, 55 lines
Broqueville, Charles de, 1860-1940, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 7 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in French/Dutch, illustrated, 20 lines
Cavell, Edith, 1865-1915, English nurse on service in occupied Belgium, executed by Germans
... from smvph, 14 lines; from History's Women; from Edith Cavell Org., from Ajax Philatelic Society
Clercq, Rene de, 1877-1932, writer and advocate of Flemish secession in WW I
... from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, in Dutch, illustrated, 20 lines
Degrelle, Leon, 1906-1994, Belgian fascist leader
... Leon Degrelle 1941-1945, by Ch. de Bruyne; besides historical information, the website provides documents and illustrations of propagandistic nature; from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, illustrated, in Dutch, 20 lines
Delacroix, Leon, 1867-1929, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 9 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 15 lines
Heymans, Corneille Jean Francois, 1892-1968, recipient of the 1938 Nobel Prize for Medicine
... from Famous Belgians, 11 lines; from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, 133 lines
Hymans, Paul, 1865-1941, Belgian politician, emissary, ambassador, minister during WW I
... from First World War.com, 37 lines; image from Photo Gallery of WW II; biography from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 21 lines
Janson, Paul Emile, 1872-1944, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 8 lines
Jaspar, Henri, 1870-1939, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers , 7 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch/French, illustrated, 19 lines
Lemaitre, Georges, 1894-1966, astronomer
... from Famous Belgians, 5 lines
Leopold III., 1901-1983, King
... from Famous Belgians, 16 lines; from Museum van Vaderlandse Geschiedenis, in Dutch, illustrated, 26 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 58 lines
Man, Hendrik de, 1885-1953, Belgian politician
... from IISG, 16 lines
Mercier, Desire Joseph, 1851-1926, Cardinal
... from infoplease, 9 lines; from Philagodu illustrated, in French; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 11 lines
Magritte, Rene, 1898-1967, painter
... from Famous Belgians, 22 lines
Pierlot, Hubert, 1883-1963, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 10 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 20 lines
Pirenne, Henri, 1862-1935, historian
... from Famous Belgians, 32 lines; from infoplease; from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, in Dutch, illustrated, 19 lines
Poullet, Prosper, 1868-1937, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 9 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 16 lines
Renkin, Jules, 1862-1939, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 8 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch/French, 16 lines
Simenon, Georges, 1903-1989, writer of detective stories
... from Famous Belgians, 12 lines; from Books and Writers, 132 lines
Spaak, Paul Henri, 1899-1972, prime minister
... from Famous Belgians, 13 lines; from NATO, illustrated, 21 lines; from EIZ, in German, illustrated, 21 lines; from Fondation Paul Henri Spaak, in French, detailed (timeline); from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 7 lines
Theunis, Georges, 1873-1966, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 9 lines
Vyvere, Aloys van de, 1871-1961, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 7 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 13 lines
Wiart, Henri Carton de, 1869-, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Minister, 12 lines; from Ars Moriendi, in Dutch, illustrated, 18 lines
Zeeland, Paul van, 1893-1973, prime minister
... from Famous Belgians, 3 lines; from infoplease; from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 15 lines

Since 1945 ..... go to narrative history of Belgium 1945-1949, 1949-1969, 1969-1990

Acker, Achille van, 1898-1975, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 10 lines; from Nieuwe Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging, illustrated, in Dutch, 11 lines
Albert II., King
... from Famous Belgians, 17 lines
Baudouin I. (Boudewijn), 1930-1993, King
... from Famous Belgians, 11 lines; from Museum van Vaderlandse Geschiedenis, in Dutch, illustrated, 20 lines
... from Naudouin and Fabiola, illustrated, in English, extensive
Boeynants, Paul vanden, 1919-2001, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 15 lines
Boon, Louis Paul, 1912-1979, writer
... from DBNL, in Dutch, extensive; from L.P.Boon.net, in Dutch, extensive; obituary L.P. Boon, from Openbare Bibliotheek Oss; from aalst.be, in Dutch, 23 lines
Brel, Jacques, 1929-1979, chansonnier
... from Famous Belgians, 7 lines; from Cethegus, in German, 12 lines
Claude, Albert, 1899-1983, recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Medicine
... from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, extensive
Dehaene, Jean-Luc, prime minister
... from Famous Belgians, 4 lines; from constitutional convention, 15 lines; from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 14 lines
Duve, Christian de, 1917-, recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Medicine
... from Famous Belgians, 9 lines; from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, 120 lines
Duvieusart, Jean, 1900-1977, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 12 lines
Eyskens, Gaston, 1905-1988, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 14 lines
Eyskens, Marc, 1933-, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 16 lines
Fabiola, 1928-, Queen
... from Museum van Vaderlandse Geschiedenis, in Dutch, illustrated, 29 lines
Harmel, Pierre, 1911-, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 14 lines
Hepburn, Audrey (Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston), 1929-1993, actress
... from Famous Belgians, 11 lines
Houtte, Jean van, 1907-1991, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 12 lines
Huysmans, Camille, 1871-1968, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 10 lines
Lefevre, Theo, 1914-, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 15 lines
Leburton, Edmond, 1915-1997, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 17 lines
Mandel, Ernest, 1923-1995, socialist economist
... from Leksikon foer det 21. aarhundrade, in Danish, illustrated, 90 lines
Martens, Wilfried, 1936-, prime minister
... from Famous Belgians, 9 lines; from infoplease; from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 19 lines
Merckx, Eddy, 1945-, cyclist
... from Famous Belgians, 25 lines
Pholien, Joseph, 1884-1968, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, 6 lines
Pire, Dominique, 1910-1969, recipient of the 1958 Nobel Peace Prize
... from Famous Belgians, 15 lines; from Nobel e-Museum, illustrated, 132 lines
Tindemans, Leo, 1922-, prime minister
... from Famous Belgians, 4 lines; from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, 17 lines
Verhofstadt, Guy, prime minister
... from Belgian Prime Ministers, illustrated, extensive







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