List of people from Brussels

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This is a list of notable people from Brussels.

Patroness of Brussels[edit]

Political leaders in Brussels[edit]

The Belgian Monarchs[edit]

The Belgian Monarchs reside in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. They were all born in Brussels (except for Leopold I).

  • Leopold I (1790–1865), the first King of the Belgians
  • Leopold II (1835–1909), the second King of the Belgians
  • Albert I (1875–1934), the third King of the Belgians
  • Leopold III (1901–1983), the fourth King of the Belgians
  • Baudouin (1930–1993), the fifth King of the Belgians
  • Albert II (born 1934) the sixth King of the Belgians

Minister-Presidents of Brussels[edit]

Governors of Brussels[edit]

Mayors of Brussels[edit]

Born in Brussels[edit]

Following notable people were born in the area today known as the Brussels-Capital Region.

Royals[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Artists[edit]

Cinema[edit]

Performance / dance[edit]

  • Akarova (Marguerite Acarin, 1904—1991), dancer, choreographer and artist
  • Jan De Cock (born 1976), visual artist
  • Hilda Madsen (1910–1981), British-American artist and dog breeder

Music[edit]

Painting / sculpture / architecture[edit]

Fashion[edit]

Literature / cartoon[edit]

Scientists[edit]

Intellectuals / religion[edit]

Sports[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Life and work in Brussels[edit]

Following notable people lived or worked in Brussels at least during a certain period of their life.

Brussels as a safe harbor[edit]

Brussels was known to be a safe harbor for artists and thinkers facing political (or simply criminal) persecution. This was particularly true during the 19th century, although it was a cause of some debate, and policies were prone to change (e.g. the case of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who were expulsed from the city in 1848).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edward de Maesschalck, Marx in Brussel (1845–1848), Leuven, Davidsfonds, 2005, 200 pp., ISBN 978-90-5826-332-2, and recenses on Platform Rosa blog and Vonk.
  2. ^ Johanna M. Welcker, Douwes Dekker, Eduard, in Biografisch Woordenboek van het Socialisme en de Arbeidersbeweging in Nederland, 5, pp. 45-58, 1992, of which a slightly adapted version is available on the site of the Biografisch Woordenboek van het Socialisme en de Arbeidersbeweging in Nederland.