Walloon People - Famous Walloons

Famous Walloons

Including people from the region before it became known as Wallonia.

  • Zénon Bacq inventor
  • Michael Baius (1513–1589) theologian of the Baianism
  • Baldwin I of Constantinople, Count of Flanders and Hainaut, first Emperor of the Latin Empire
  • Gilles Binchois, Franco-Flemish composer
  • Jules Bordet Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1919)
  • Godfroid de Bouillon, leader of the First Crusade and first European King of Jerusalem
  • Robert Campin, Flemish painter
  • Johannes Ciconia Ars nova composer
  • Jacques Daret, Flemish painter
  • Dardenne brothers
  • Jessé de Forest, Walloon settler, first colonizer of New Netherland and what would become New York City. Monument dedicated and located in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.
  • Nicolas Defrecheux, poet in the Walloon language
  • Léon Degrelle, Belgian Rexist politician and leader of Waffen SS Walloon contingent
  • Paul Delvaux, surrealist painter
  • Louis Dewis, Post-Impressionist painter
  • Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer
  • Marc Dutroux serial killer
  • Edouard Empain engineer whose the company constructed the Paris Métro
  • César Franck, Belgian composer
  • Louis De Geer, merchant and industrialist
  • Philippe Gilbert, professional cyclist
  • Zénobe Gramme, inventor of the Gramme machine
  • Justine Henin, tennis champion
  • Louis Hennepin Niagara Falls and Saint-Anthony Falls were brought to the world's attention by Louis Hennepin
  • Juliana of Liège promoter of feast Corpus Christi
  • Pierre Lacocque, hamonica player for American blues band Mississippi Heat
  • Marc Lacroix, biochemist and cancer researcher
  • Orlande de Lassus, Franco-Flemish composer
  • Jean Lemaire de Belges, late Medieval, early Renaissance poet and historian
  • Georges Lemaître, originator of the "Big Bang" theory of the origin of the universe
  • Rene Magritte the surrealist artist
  • Henri Michaux poet, writer, and painter
  • Pierre Minuit, who purchased the island of Manhattan from the Native Americans and founded what would become New York City
  • Joachim Patinir Mosan painter
  • Dominique Pire Nobel Peace Prize (in 1958)
  • Charles Plisnier Prix Goncourt (1937)
  • Henri Pousseur Composer
  • Michel Preud'homme footballer
  • André Renard syndicalist,leader of the longest general strike in Belgium
  • Edouard Remouchamps, playwright in the Walloon language
  • Pierre de la Rue, Franco-Flemish composer
  • Jean Rey (politician) Second President of the European Commission
  • Félicien Rops painter
  • Jean-Michel Saive, table tennis champion
  • Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone
  • Georges Simenon, author of Maigret and other novels
  • Rennequin Sualem Hydraulics engineer
  • Ernest Solvay, inventor of the Solvay process and founder of the Solvay Business School.
  • Count Tilly, Catholic League commander in the Thirty Years' War
  • Rogier van der Weyden (Rogier de le Pasture), Flemish painter
  • Eugène Ysaÿe, violinist and composer

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