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Painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Died a poor man, but rediscovered in 1800s. His masterpiece is considered 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'
King of England 1660-85, nicknamed the Merry Monarch. Restored the monarchy after Cromwell
An Anglo-Irish officer best known for his attempt to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671, but was pardoned by Charles II
German rationalist and optimist philosopher who invented the first mass-produced mechanical calculator
Important reformer of the Royal Navy and the primary historical sources for the English Restoration (1660-69) period through his diaries
Chief minister of France 1642-61. Functioned essentially as the co-ruler of France alongside the queen consort Anne, and helped expand the monarchs power
Two Dutch spectacle-makers who are credited with the invention of the first working telescope
Dutch explorer who was the first known European explorer to reach Tasmania and New Zealand
The last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland 1647-64, a period when the city expanded greatly
Scottish mathematician nicknamed 'Marvellous Merchiston'. Best known as the inventor of logarithms, presented in 1614, and to have made common the use of the decimal point
Mughal Emperor 1628-58. His reign has been called the Golden Age of the Mughal culture, most famous of which is construction of the Taj Mahal
French philosopher who has been dubbed the 'Father of Modern Philosophy'
French navigator, cartographer and explorer. Founder of New France and Quebec City in 1608
The first formal Chief Minister of the French king 1624-42. By restraining the power of the nobility, he transformed France into a strong, centralized state
English physicist who formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation and built the first practical reflecting telescope
English political philosopher who championed absolutism, but also developed some of the fundamentals of liberal thought
English physician who was the first to describe completely and in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped to the body by the heart
Spanish Baroque artist best known for his work 'Les Meninas', and the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV
French mathematician who invented the mechanical calculator at the age of 22 in 1645
Explored much of northeastern North America, including New York, while trying to find a Northwest Passage to Cathay - died when his crew mutinied
English settlers who is credited with the first successful cultivation of tobacco as an export crop and is known as the husband of Pocahontas
This man is often called 'father of modern physics'. Einstein called him 'father of modern science'
This man is known for popularising tobacco in England gained from his expeditions. Might have been lover of Queen Elizabeth I
King of France 1643-1715, the longest of reign of major countries in European history. Succeeded by his great-grandson, all of his intermediate heirs predeceased him
Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, especially under Charles I
King of Scotland 1567-1625, from 1603 also King of England when Elizabeth I died without heirs
Mughal Emperor 1658-1707. A notable expansionist who during his reign extended the Mughal Empire to its greatest extent, to include modern India, Afghanistan and Pakistan
He is commonly known as 'the Father of Microbiology'. He was also the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms
Dutch rationalist philosopher of jewish heritage who layed the groundwork of modern biblical criticism
English Jacobean playwright, poet, and literary critic probably best known for the comedy 'The Alchemist'

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