Historical Figures Born in 1632

  • Jan 8 Samuel von Pufendorf, German jurist, born in Zwönitz, Germany (d. 1694)
  • Jan 29 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)
  • Feb 20 Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, English statesman (Prime Minister 1690-94, under Charles II, helped bring William and Mary to the throne) (d. 1712)
  • Apr 6 Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1649)
  • May 8 Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German field marshal and Governor of Berlin, born in Mierzęcin, Poland (d. 1706)
  • Jun 10 Esprit Fléchier, French writer and Bishop of Nîmes, born in Pernes-les-Fontaines, France (d. 1710)
  • Aug 2 Kaspar von Stieler, German poet (Teutsche Wolredner), born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1707)
  • Aug 20 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher, born in Bourges, France (d. 1704)

John LockeJohn Locke (1632-1704)

Aug 29 English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), born in Wrington, England

Christopher WrenChristopher Wren (1632-1723)

Oct 20 English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire

  • Oct 24 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microscopist who was the first to observe bacteria and protozoa and naturalist (Philosophical Transactions), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1723)

Jan VermeerJan Vermeer (1632-1675)

Oct 31 Dutch painter (Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Astronomer), born in Delft, Netherlands

  • Nov 23 Jean Mabillon, French palaeographer and diplomat (d. 1707)
  • Nov 24 Baruch Spinoza, Dutch rationalist philosopher, born in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (d. 1677)
  • Dec 17 Anthony Wood, English antiquarian, born in Oxford, England (d. 1695)