17th Century People

Taken from the AP list of birthdays.

Theodore Beza
6/24/1519 - 10/13/1605
French author, translator, educator and theologian
Elizabeth I
9/7/1533 - 3/24/1603
English queen (1558-1603)
Joseph Justus Scaliger
8/5/1540 - 1/21/1609
Dutch philologist and historian
Francisco Suárez
1/5/1548 - 9/25/1617
Spanish theologian
Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford
4/12/1550 - 6/24/1604
English poet and patron of the Oxford's Men acting company
Alonso Pérez Medina-Sidonia
9/10/1550 - ?/?/1619
Spanish naval commander
Charles IX
10/4/1550 - 10/30/1611
King of Sweden (1604-11)
Sir Edward Coke
2/1/1552 - 9/3/1634
English jurist and politician
Paolo Sarpi
8/14/1552 - 1/14/1623
Venetian patriot and scholar
Margaret of Valois
5/14/1553 - 3/27/1615
Queen consort of Navarre known mainly for her "Memoires"
Lodovico Carracci
4/21/1555 - 11/13/1619
Italian painter and printmaker
Annibale Carracci
11/3/1560 - 7/15/1609
Italian artist
Santorio Santorio
3/29/1561 - 2/22/1636
Italian physician; introduced use of precision instruments in medicine
Jacopo Peri
8/20/1561 - 8/12/1633
Italian composer
Lopé de Vega
11/25/1562 - 8/27/1635
Spanish dramatist
Robert Cecil Salisbury
6/1/1563 - 5/24/1612
English statesman
Galileo Galilei
2/15/1564 - 1/8/1642
Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician
Thomas Campion
2/12/1567 - 3/1/1620
English poet,composer and musical theorist
St. Francis De Sales
8/21/1567 - 12/28/1622
French Roman Catholic bishop of Geneva
Tommaso Campanella
9/5/1568 - 5/21/1639
Italian philosopher and writer
Michael Praetorius
2/15/1571 - 2/15/1621
German composer and music theorist
Johannes Kepler
12/27/1571 - 11/15/1630
German astronomer
Inigo Jones
7/15/1573 - 6/21/1652
English architect, painter and designer
William Laud
10/7/1573 - 1/10/1645
English Archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45)
Guido Reni
11/4/1575 - 8/18/1642
Italian painter
Peter Paul Rubens
6/28/1577 - 5/30/1640
Flemish Baroque painter
Thomas De La Warr
7/9/1577 - 6/7/1618
English official; one of the founders of the Virginia colony
William Harvey
4/1/1578 - 6/3/1657
English physician; developed theory of blood circulation
James Ussher
1/4/1581 - 3/21/1656
Anglo-Irish prelate; calculated age of the Earth from the Bible
St. Vincent De Paul
4/24/1581 - 9/27/1660
French founder of the Congregation of the Mission
Johann Gerhard
10/17/1582 - 8/17/1637
German theologian
Hugo Grotius
4/10/1583 - 8/28/1645
Dutch jurist and scholar; wrote "On the Law of War and Peace"
Albrecht Wallenstein
9/24/1583 - 2/25/1634
Bohemian statesman and general in the Thirty Years' War
Caspar Bartholin
2/12/1585 - 7/13/1629
Danish physician/theologian
Heinrich Schütz
10/8/1585 - 11/6/1672
German composer
Cornelius Otto Jansen
10/28/1585 - 5/6/1638
Flemish Roman Catholic reform leader
John Cotton
12/4/1585 - 12/23/1652
American Puritan leader
Johannes Schein
1/20/1586 - 11/19/1630
German composer
Niccoli Zucchi
12/6/1586 - 5/21/1670
Italian astronomer
Joost van den Vondel
11/17/1587 - 2/5/1679
Dutch poet
Thomas Hobbes
4/5/1588 - 12/4/1679
English philosopher and political theorist
George Wither
6/11/1588 - 5/2/1667
English poet and Puritan pamphleteer
Marin Mersenne
9/8/1588 - 9/1/1648
French philosopher and theologian
Shah Jahan
1/5/1592 - 1/22/1666
Mughal emperor of India and builder of the Taj Mahal
George Villiers
8/28/1592 - 8/23/1628
English courtier; Duke of Buckingham; favorite of James I and Charles I
Jacob Jordaens
5/19/1593 - 10/18/1678
Belgian artist; painted scenes of peasant life
Izaak Walton
8/9/1593 - 12/15/1683
English biographer and author of "The Compleat Angler"
Montdory
3/13/1594 - 11/10/1653
French actor
Edward Winslow
10/18/1595 - 5/8/1655
English founder of Plymouth Colony
Jan van Goyen
1/13/1596 - 4/27/1656
Dutch artist
René Descartes
3/31/1596 - 2/11/1650
French mathematician, scientist and philosopher
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
12/7/1598 - 11/28/1680
Italian sculptor
Sir Anthony Van Dyck
3/22/1599 - 12/9/1641
Flemish painter, etcher and draftsman
Oliver Cromwell
4/25/1599 - 9/3/1658
English soldier and statesman; Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland (1653-8)
Diego Velazquez
6/6/1599 - 8/6/1660
Spanish 17th-century painter
Francesco Borromini
9/25/1599 - 8/2/1667
Italian Baroque architect
Charles I
11/19/1600 - 1/30/1649
English king (1625-49)
Alonso Cano
3/19/1601 - 9/3/1667
Spanish painter, sculptor and architect
Pierre de Fermat
8/17/1601 - 1/12/1665
French mathematician, lawyer and government official
Francesco Cavalli
2/14/1602 - 1/14/1676
Italian operatic composer
Cardinal Jules Mazarin
7/14/1602 - 3/9/1661
Italian-born French cardinal and statesman
Otto von Guericke
11/20/1602 - 5/11/1686
German physicist
Sir Thomas Browne
10/19/1605 - 10/19/1682
English physican and author
Rembrandt Van Rijn
7/15/1606 - 10/4/1669
Dutch painter, draftsman and etcher
Giacomo Torelli
9/1/1608 - 6/17/1678
Italian stage designer and engineer
Evangelista Torricelli
10/15/1608 - 10/25/1647
Italian physicist and mathematician
John Milton
12/9/1608 - 11/8/1674
English poet and scholar
Judith Leyster
7/28/1609 - 2/10/1660
Dutch painter
Sir Matthew Hale
11/1/1609 - 12/25/1676
English legal scholar
Henrietta Maria de Bourbon
11/25/1609 - 9/10/1669
French wife of King Charles I of England
Adriaen von Ostade
12/10/1610 - ?/2/1685
Dutch painter and printmaker
James Harrington
1/7/1611 - 9/11/1677
English political philosopher
George Gillespie
1/21/1613 - 12/17/1648
Scottish minister/polemical writer
Andre Le Notre
3/12/1613 - 9/15/1700
French landscape architect; designed the Versailles gardens
Claude Perrault
9/25/1613 - 10/9/1688
French physician, architect and engineer
Franciscus Sylvius
3/15/1614 - 11/15/1672
German physician, physiologist and chemist
Salvator Rosa
6/20/1615 - 3/15/1673
Italian Baroque painter and etcher
Johann Froberger
5/18/1616 - 5/7/1667
German composer, organist and harpsichordist
John Wallis
11/23/1616 - 10/28/1703
English mathematician
Sir Roger L'Estrange
12/17/1616 - 12/11/1704
English journalist and pamphleteer
Sir Peter Lely
10/14/1618 - 12/7/1680
English painter
Charles Le Brun
2/24/1619 - 2/12/1690
French painter, designer and decorator
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac
3/6/1619 - 7/28/1655
French dramatist and satirist
Jean-Baptiste Colbert
8/29/1619 - 9/6/1683
French secretary under King Louis XlV
Philips Koninck
11/5/1619 - 10/4/1688
Dutch painter
Frederick William
2/16/1620 - 5/9/1688
Elector of Brandenburg (1640-88)
Sir William Penn
4/23/1621 - 9/16/1670
English admiral and father of Pennsylvania's founder
(Jean B. Poquelin) Molière
1/15/1622 - 2/17/1673
French playwright
Johann Clauberg
2/24/1622 - 1/31/1665
French philosopher and theologian
Louis de Buade Frontenac
5/22/1622 - 11/28/1698
French courtier and governor of New France (1672-82, 1689-98)
Gustav X Charles
11/8/1622 - 2/13/1660
Swedish king (1654-60)
Blaise Pascal
6/19/1623 - 8/19/1662
French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher
Pietro Antonio Cesti
8/5/1623 - 10/14/1669
Italian composer
Guarino Guarini
1/17/1624 - 3/6/1683
Italian architect
Gian Domenico Cassini
6/8/1625 - 9/14/1712
Italian-born French astronomer
John Fell
6/23/1625 - 7/10/1686
English Anglican priest, author and typographer
Erasmus Bartholin
8/13/1625 - 11/4/1698
Danish physician, mathematician and physicist
Johan de Witt
9/24/1625 - 8/20/1672
Dutch statesman and political leader of Holland (1653-72)
Marie Sevigné
2/5/1626 - 4/17/1696
French writer, mostly of letters to her daughter
Lord Richard Cromwell
10/4/1626 - 7/12/1712
English lord protector (1658-9)
Queen of Sweden Christina
12/8/1626 - 4/19/1689
Swedish queen
Robert Boyle
1/25/1627 - 12/30/1691
Anglo-Irish chemist
Charles Perrault
1/12/1628 - 5/15/1703
French poet
Henry Cromwell
1/20/1628 - 3/23/1674
English, brief ruler of Ireland
George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
1/30/1628 - 4/16/1687
English politician
Archibald Argyll
2/26/1629 - 6/30/1685
Scottish Protestant leader
Christiaan Huygens
4/14/1629 - 7/8/1695
Dutch mathematician, astronomer and physicist
John Dryden
8/9/1631 (O.S.) - 5/1/1700 (O.S.)
English poet, dramatist, and literary critic
John Locke
8/29/1632 - 10/28/1704
English philosopher
Luca Giordano
10/18/1632 - 1/3/1705
Italian painter
Sir Christopher Wren
10/20/1632 - 2/25/1723
English architect
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
10/24/1632 - 8/26/1723
Dutch microbiologist
Jan Vermeer
10/31/1632 - 12/15/1675
Dutch painter
Benedict Spinoza
11/24/1632 - 2/21/1677
Dutch philosopher
Jean-Baptiste Lully
11/28/1632 - 3/22/1687
Italian-born French composer
Samuel Pepys
2/23/1633 - 5/26/1703
English diarist and naval administrator
James II
10/14/1633 - 9/16/1701
English king (1665-8)
George Savile Halifax
11/11/1633 - 4/5/1695
British statesman
Robert Hooke
7/18/1635 - 3/3/1703
English physicist
Jan van der Heyden
3/5/1637 - 3/28/1712
Dutch painter of cityscapes
Jacques Marquette
6/1/1637 - 5/18/1675
French Jesuit missionary explorer
Nicolaus Steno
1/10/1638 - 11/26/1686
Danish geologist and anatomist
Increase Mather
6/21/1639 - 8/23/1723
American minister, author and educator
Sir Dudley North
5/16/1641 - 12/31/1691
English economist and merchant
Cosimo III
8/14/1642 - 10/31/1723
Italian - 6th duke of Tuscany
Sir Isaac Newton
1/4/1643-3/31/1727
English physicist and father of modern science
René-Robert La Salle
11/22/1643 - 3/19/1687
French explorer of North America
Simon Foucher
3/1/1644 - 4/27/1696
French ecclesiastic philosopher
William Penn
10/14/1644 - 7/30/1718
English Quaker and advocate for religious liberty; founded American colony of Pennsylvania
François de Callieres
5/14/1645 - 3/5/1717
French author and diplomat
Gottfried Leibniz
7/1/1646 - 11/14/1716
German philosopher and mathematician
John Flamsteed
8/19/1646 - 12/31/1719
English founder of the Greenwich Observatory
Denis Papin
8/22/1647 - //c1712
French-born English physicist; invented the pressure cooker
Grinling Gibbons
4/4/1648 - 8/3/1721
English wood carver and decorator of St. Paul's Cathedral
Robert Barclay
12/23/1648 - 10/3/1690
English-born American Quaker leader
Johann Philipp Krieger
2/25/1649 - 2/7/1725
German composer
Elihu Yale
4/5/1649 - 7/8/1721
American-born English merchant and benefactor of Yale University
Nell Gwyn
2/2/1650 - 11/14/1687
English actress
St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
4/30/1651 - 4/7/1719
French philanthropist and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
Thomas Otway
3/3/1652 - 4/14/1685
English dramatist and poet
Arcangelo Corelli
2/17/1653 - 1/8/1713
Italian violinist and composer
Roger North
9/3/1653 - 3/1/1734
English lawyer, historian and biographer
Jakob Bernoulli
1/6/1655 - 8/16/1705
Swiss mathematician
Bartolomeo Cristofori
5/4/1655 - 1/27/1731
Italian harpsichord maker; credited with the invention of the piano
Edmond Halley
11/8/1656 - 1/14/1742
English astronomer and mathematician
Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
2/11/1657 - 1/9/1757
French scientist and man of letters
Sir Hans Sloane
4/16/1660 - 1/11/1753
English physician and naturalist
Alessandro Scarlatti
5/2/1660 - 10/24/1725
Italian composer
Sarah Jennings Marlborough
5/29/1660 - 10/18/1744
English wife of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough; active in Queen Anne's court
Celia Fiennes
6/7/1662 - 4/10/1741
English travel writer
Cotton Mather
2/12/1663 - 2/13/1728
American Congregational minister/author
Francis Atterbury
3/6/1663 - 3/4/1732
English Anglican bishop
Giuseppe Crespi
3/16/1665 - 7/16/1747
Italian Baroque painter
Germain Boffrand
5/7/1667 - 3/18/1754
French architect; worked in the Baroque and Rococo styles
Jonathan Swift
11/30/1667 - 10/19/1745
Anglo-Irish author and satirist
Giambattista Vico
6/23/1668 - 1/23/1744
Italian philosopher
François Couperin
11/10/1668 - 9/12/1733
French composer
Johann Albert Fabricius
11/11/1668 - 4/30/1736
German bibliographer
Johann von Hildebrandt
11/14/1668 - 11/16/1745
Austrian architect
William Congreve
1/24/1670 - 1/19/1729
English dramatist
John Toland
11/30/1670 - 3/11/1722
Irish-born British religious philospher
Jean-Baptiste Rousseau
4/6/1671 - 3/17/1741
French dramatist and poet
Joseph Addison
5/1/1672 - 6/17/1719
English essayist, poet and dramatist
Peter I (the Great)
6/9/1672 - 2/8/1725
Russian emperor (1682-1725)
Claude Gillot
4/27/1673 - 5/4/1722
French painter, engraver and theatrical designer
John Weaver
7/21/1673 - 9/24/1760
English dancer
William Byrd
3/28/1674 - 8/26/1744
American planter, satirist, and diarist
Francesco Maffei
6/1/1675 - 2/11/1755
Italian dramatist, archaeologist and scholar
Robert Walpole
8/26/1676 - 3/18/1745
British prime minister (1721-42)
Antonio Vivaldi
3/4/1678 - 7/28/1741
Italian composer and violinist
Christian Wolff
1/24/1679 - 4/9/1754
German philosopher
Georg Philipp Telemann
3/14/1681 - 6/25/1767
German composer of the late Baroque period
Feofan Prokopovich
6/18/1681 - 9/19/1736
Russian Orthodox archbishop; important ally of Peter the Great
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
2/13/1682 - 4/28/1754
Italian painter, illustrator and designer
Christoph Graupner
1/13/1683 - 5/10/1760
German composer
Wm. Pulteney Bath
3/22/1684 - 7/7/1764
English Whig politician; opposed Sir Robert Walpole
Jean-Antoine Watteau
10/10/1684 - 7/18/1721
French painter
Aaron Hill
2/10/1685 - 2/8/1750
English poet/dramatist/essayist
George Frideric Handel
2/23/1685 - 4/14/1759
German-bn. English composer
George Berkeley
3/12/1685 - 1/14/1753
Anglo-Irish Anglican bishop, philosopher and scientist
Johann S. Bach
3/21/1685 - 7/28/1750
German composer of the Baroque era
Dominikus Zimmermann
6/30/1685 - 11/16/1766
Bavarian Baroque architect
Domenico Scarlatti
10/26/1685 - 7/23/1757
Italian composer
Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye
11/17/1685 - 12/5/1749
French-Canadian soldier, fur trader and explorer
Jean-Baptiste Oudry
3/17/1686 - 4/30/1755
French Rococo painter, designer and illustrator
Daniel Fahrenheit
5/24/1686 - 9/16/1736
German physicist and developer of the temperature scale
Benedetto Marcello
7/24/1686 - 7/24/1739
Italian composer, writer and poet
Allan Ramsay
10/15/1686 - 1/7/1758
Scottish poet
Alexander Pope
5/21/1688 - 5/30/1744
English poet and satirist
Edward Holyoke
6/25/1689 - 1/1/1769
American educator; president of Harvard University (1737-69)
Giuseppe Tartini
4/8/1692 - 2/26/1770
Italian violinist, composer and theorist
François Voltaire
11/21/1694 - 5/30/1778
French writer


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