List of people from Rotterdam

This is a chronological list of the most notable people from Rotterdam, who were either born and raised there or were long-term residents. For a more extensive, alphabetical list see .

:"See also List of mayors of Rotterdam"

Born in Rotterdam

Before the 20th century

*Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), humanist
*Piet Hein (1577-1629), naval officer (born in Delfshaven)
*Willem Pieterszoon Buytewech (1591-1624), painter
*Simon de Vlieger (1601-1653), painter
*Hendrik Martenszoon Sorgh (1610-1670), painter
*Willem Kalf (1619-1693), painter
*Aert Jansse van Nes (1626-1693), naval officer
*Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684), painter
*Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721), wood carver
*Adriaen van der Werff (1659-1722), painter (born in Kralingen)
*Pieter Hellendaal (1721-1799), composer
*Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp (1762-1834), politician
*Hendrik Tollens (1780-1856), poet
*Willem Hendrik de Vriese (1802-1862), botanist
*Jacobus van 't Hoff (1852-1911), chemist
*George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923), painter
*Hendrik Willem van Loon (1882-1944), writer
*Louis Davids (1883-1939), cabaretier
*Anthony van Hoboken (1887-1983), musicologist
*Hans Kramers (1894-1952), physicist
*Pieter Menten (1899-1987), war criminal

20th century, up to 1940

*Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), painter
*Bep van Klaveren (1907-1992), boxer
*Marie Braun (1911-1982), swimmer
*Joseph Luns (1911-2002), politician
*Leo Fuld (1912-1997), singer
*Marten Toonder (1912-2005), comics artist
*Willy den Ouden (1918-1997), swimmer
*Rie Mastenbroek (1919-2003), Olympic 3-time gold medal swimmer
*Nida Senff (1920-1995), swimmer
*Bram Appel (1921-1997), footballer
*Norbert Schmelzer (born 1921), politician
*George Blake (born 1922), spy
*Thea Beckman (1923-2004), author
*Faas Wilkes (1923-2006), footballer
*Bob den Uyl (1930-1992), writer
*Edsger Dijkstra (1930-2002), computer scientist
*Janwillem van de Wetering (born 1931), writer
*Elly Ameling (born 1933), soprano
*Coen Moulijn (born 1937), footballer
*Bart Berman (born 1938), pianist
*Ruud Lubbers (born 1939), politician
*Martin Lodewijk (born 1939), comics artist
*Gerard Cox (born 1940), cabaretier

After 1940

*Neelie Kroes (born 1941), politician
*Leo Beenhakker (born 1942), football coach
*Jules Deelder (born 1944), poet
*Marianne Heemskerk (born 1944), swimmer
*Rem Koolhaas (born 1944), architect
*Betty Stöve (born 1945), tennis player
*Wim Jansen (born 1946), footballer
*André van Duijn (born 1947), comedian
*Pim Fortuyn (1948-2002), politician
*Ron Steens (born 1952), hockey player
*Tim Steens (born 1955), hockey player
*Peter Houtman (born 1957), footballer
*Frédérique Spigt (born 1957), singer
*Berry Westra (born 1961), bridge player
*Paul de Leeuw (born 1962), comedian
*Sonny Silooy (born 1963), footballer
*Robert Eenhoorn (born 1968), baseball player
*Winston Bogarde (born 1970), footballer
*Richard Krajicek (born 1971), tennis player
*Kristie Boogert (born 1973), tennis player
*Ferry Corsten (born 1973), musician
*Brenda Starink (born 1974), swimmer
*Giovanni van Bronckhorst (born 1975), footballer
*Madelon Baans (born 1977), swimmer
*Fatima Moreira de Melo (born 1978), hockey player
*Raemon Sluiter (born 1978), tennis player
*Pascal Bosschaart (born 1980), footballer
*Robert Doornbos (born 1981), racing driver
*Robin van Persie (born 1983), footballer
*Luigi Bruins (born 1987), footballer
*Arthur Benjamins (born 1953), Artist


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