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Hugo Grotius

1583 - 1645

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Hugo Grotius (; 10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645), also known as Huig de Groot (Dutch: [ˈɦœyɣ də ˈɣroːt]) and Hugo de Groot (Dutch: [ˈɦyɣoː -]), was a Dutch humanist, diplomat, lawyer, theologian, jurist, poet and playwright. A teenage intellectual prodigy, he was born in Delft and studied at Leiden University. He was imprisoned in Loevestein Castle for his involvement in the intra-Calvinist disputes of the Dutch Republic, but escaped hidden in a chest of books that was transported to Gorinchem. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hugo Grotius has received more than 967,603 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Hugo Grotius is the most popular lawyer, the 12th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 13th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Lawyer.

Hugo Grotius is most famous for being the first person to use the word "international law" in his book, "De Jure Belli ac Pacis," which means "On the Law of War and Peace."

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Among lawyers, Hugo Grotius ranks 1 out of 68After him are Al-Shafi‘i, Charles Albert Gobat, Ulpian, J. Edgar Hoover, Carlo Buonaparte, Gaius, Louis Renault, Henri La Fontaine, Al-Nawawi, Aemilius Papinianus, and Tobias Asser.

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Among people born in 1583, Hugo Grotius ranks 1After him are Albrecht von Wallenstein, Sasaki Kojirō, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Axel Oxenstierna, Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, Jacob De la Gardie, Pieter Lastman, Christian II, Elector of Saxony, Orlando Gibbons, Jan Porcellis, and Hayashi Razan. Among people deceased in 1645, Hugo Grotius ranks 2Before him is Miyamoto Musashi. After him are Michael of Russia, Francisco de Quevedo, Li Zicheng, William Laud, Nur Jahan, Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Marie de Gournay, Anthony van Diemen, Feng Menglong, and Eudoxia Streshneva.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Hugo Grotius ranks 12 out of 1,427Before him are Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Piet Mondrian (1872), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Johan Cruyff (1947), and Christiaan Huygens (1629). After him are Mata Hari (1876), Abel Tasman (1603), Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), and M. C. Escher (1898).

Among LAWYERS In Netherlands

Among lawyers born in Netherlands, Hugo Grotius ranks 1After him are Tobias Asser (1838).