A Sampling of Prominent Belgian- & Flemish-Americans
The contribution of Flemings and Belgians to the history of the USA is inversely proportionate to the size of their country. Below are just a few names that are internationally recognized.
Father Damien de Veuster, missionary of Molokai
George W. Goethals, builder of the Panama Canal
Karel Jan Bossart, known as the "father of the Atlas missile"
Leo Hendrick Baekeland, inventor of Velox and Bakelite
Robert Cailliau, co-inventor World Wide Web
Jan Yoors, anti-Nazi, gypsy, tapestry weaver, filmmaker
Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, explorer, missionary to the Native Americans
Georges Van Biesbroeck, astronomer
Karel Van de Poele, inventor of the electric tram
Camille Cools, founder, editor and publisher of the Gazette van Detroit
Louis C. Rabaut, Congressman from Detroit
Peter Malou, revolutionary, priest, and granddad to a prime minister
Charles John Seghers, the Apostle of Alaska
Edward Coryn, founder of the "Gazette van Moline" and Consul in Moline, Ill.
Broeder Hennepin, first European to see Niagara Falls
Rene DeSeranno, Consul
Jean-Charles Houzeau de Lehaie, "the Belgian von Humboldt"
Leon Buyse, after whom the Detroit library is named
Sylvia Parmentier, philanthropist
Marguerite Yourcenar, novelist
Maestro Desire Defauw
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