National Heroes of Belgium

The National heroes of Belgium are famous personalities who are noted for their achievements and contributions in various fields like science, politics, and literature. These people have been an integral part of the country's growth and prosperity and have made the country proud in the global map. Some of the eminent personalities who can be considered National heroes of Belgium are-

•  Maurice Maeterlinck

•  Professor Edward J. de Smedt

•  Lambert Adolphe Quetelet

Maurice Maeterlinck

Maurice Maeterlinck was a playwright, symbolist poet, and essayist of Belgium. His contributions include dramas which are the outstanding works of the Symbolist theatre. In the year 1911, Maeterlinck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He mostly drew his inspiration from French literary movements. French was the language Maeterlinck used to write in and his most famous play is "The Blue Bird"

Maurice Maeterlinck was born into an affluent family of francophone in Ghent, Belgium. He went to the Jesuit College de Ste-Barge where he became interested in poetry at an early age. He was brought up in the catholic tradition. In the literary world, Maurice Maeterlinck can be called a national hero of Belgium.

Professor Edward J. de Smedt

Professor Edward J. de Smedt was the inventor of the modern road asphalt in the year 1870. After emigrating from Belgium, Edward J. de Smedt made his inventions at Columbia University in New York City. The modern road asphalt was patented by him (U.S. Nos. 103,581; -2) which he called "sheet asphalt pavement" but it came to be identified as French asphalt pavement. Most of the roads in developed nations today are surfaced with De Smedt's man-made asphalt.

Not much is known about the personal life of Professor Edward J. de Smedt.

Lambert Adolphe Quetelet

Lambert Adolphe Quetelet was the famous mathematician of Belgium who is globally renowned for his 'Body Mass Index' (also called the 'Quetelet Index'). Till this day it remains the official measurement for obesity. The first international statistics conference in 1853 was organized by him. On 17 February 1874, Lambert Adolphe Quetelet died in the capital city Brussels.


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