Michiel de Ruyter

1607 - 1676

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Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (IPA: [miˈxil ˈaːdrijaːnˌsoːn də ˈrœytər]; 24 March 1607 – 29 April 1676) was a Dutch admiral. Widely celebrated and regarded as one of the most skilled admirals in history, De Ruyter is arguably most famous for his achievements with the Dutch Navy during the Anglo-Dutch Wars. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michiel de Ruyter has received more than 942,576 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Michiel de Ruyter is the 115th most popular military personnel (up from 129th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 38th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Military Personnel.

Michiel de Ruyter was a Dutch admiral who led the Dutch fleet during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. He is most famous for his victory over the English at the Battle of Solebay in 1672.

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Among military personnels, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 115 out of 1,466Before him are Narses, Cimon, Abu Muslim, Nestor Makhno, Werner von Blomberg, and Ludwig Beck. After him are Sun Ce, Gertrude Bell, Erich von Falkenhayn, Saigō Takamori, Heinrich Müller, and Louis-Nicolas Davout.

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Among people born in 1607, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 1After him are Madeleine de Scudéry, Anna Maria van Schurman, Jan Lievens, John Harvard, Zhu Yousong, Wenceslaus Hollar, Paul Gerhardt, Nicolas Henri, Duke of Orléans, Antoine Gombaud, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, and Song Si-yeol. Among people deceased in 1676, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 4Before him are Pope Clement X, Sabbatai Zevi, and Alexis of Russia. After him are Francesco Cavalli, Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha, Madame de Brinvilliers, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, Carl Gustaf Wrangel, and Paul Gerhardt.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 33 out of 1,209Before him are Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880), Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1165), Rinus Michels (1928), William I of the Netherlands (1772), Johan Huizinga (1872), and Rutger Hauer (1944). After him are André Rieu (1949), Jan Steen (1626), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Theo van Gogh (1857), Willebrord Snellius (1580), and William II of the Netherlands (1792).


Among military personnels born in Netherlands, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 1After him are Jan Pieterszoon Coen (1587), Maarten Tromp (1598), Karel Doorman (1889), and Henri Winkelman (1876).