Monday, 15 June 2009

Are these Famous Belgians worthy?

Last month we had lots of suggestions but nobody really strong or worthy enough of being added.

This month we have had quite a few strong contenders, some of whom may be worth adding to the list. Visitors to www.famousbelgians.net will decide.
  1. Robert Cailliau who invented the Internet in partnership with Sir Tim Berners-Lee (nominated by Alexis Biller)
  2. Tia Hellebaut, the Gold medal winner in the ladies High Jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with 2.05m (nominated by Peter Biddlecombe)
  3. The Dardenne Brothers, the Belgian film directors who were awarded the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for both "Rosetta" (1999) and "L'enfant' (2005), the only two Belgian films ever to be awarded the honour (nominated by Chris Orgelt)
  4. Axelle Red, the Belgian singer who is also extremely popular in France. In 1999 she won the highest French award, the Victoires de la Musique, for best female artist (nominated by Chris Orgelt)
  5. Frank de Winne, Belgium's second astronaut after Dirk Frimout. His first spaceflight was a trip to the International Space Station in November 2002. On 27 May 2009, he entered space again for a 6-month mission as the Commander for Expedition 21 to the International Space Station. He is the first ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut to command an expedition. Most people will deny that Belgium has astronauts, in fact, we have two of them! (nominated by Chris Orgelt)
  6. Luc Tuymans, one of today's most influential painters. He exhibited solo at the Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery in London and a comprehensive retrospective of his work is scheduled at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2010 (nominated by Chris Orgelt)
  7. Julius Nieuwland, who invented synthetic rubber in 1920 and was instrumental to the invention of Neoprene by DuPont in 1931 (nominated by Walter Willaert)
  8. Marcel Nicolet, the Belgian physicist who made important discoveries in the field of Astronautics. He is generally credited with the discovery of the heliosphere (nominated by Walter Willaert)
  9. Marouane Fellaini, the Belgian international footballer, who joined Everton Football Club in the UK Premier League for an initial fee of £15 million in 2008 (nominated by Graham Bishop)
  10. Pierre Celis, who started brewing the famous Belgian beer "Hoegaarden" back in 1966. It is now one of the most popular beers in the world (nominated by Tony green)

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