Attention all! Here’s introducing the vintage country of Azerbaijan, a land best known for its crochets, contrasts and contradictions. But did you know that this nascent nation, brimming with Turkish and Shia Muslims, is also home to a string of unusual wonders like world’s first fireplace and burning mountain. That is right! This little-known, oil-rich land, which has been lying low hitherto, is slowly leaving the ghosts of his war-torn past behind to find its rightful place in the geopolitical map now. It is incredible to know that even amid the territorial tensions and war, the country has managed to produce a wad of visionaries, innovators and artistes and claim several Nobel Prizes too, thereby carving a niche for itself in the global map. From intelligence spy Richard Sorge and Nobel winning physicist Lev Landau to Poet of Independence Ahmad Javad and creator of fuzzy logic Lotfi Zadeh, the country has given the world many notable names to look up to and be inspired by. We bring you the lives and deeds of some such famous Azerbaijanis through their timeline, trivia, and facts captured in the biographies here.
Ilham AliyevIlham Aliyev
24 December 1961
Fourth President of Azerbaijan
Heydar Aliyev Heydar Aliyev
10 May 1923
Former President of Azerbaijan

Mirza Fatali AkhundovMirza Fatali Akhundov
12 July 1812
Writer and Philisopher

By Oqtay Sadikhzade (National Museum of Art of Azerbaijan) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsKhurshidbanu Natavan
06 August 1832
Poet

Nariman NarimanovNariman Narimanov
02 April 1870
Politician

Jalil MammadguluzadehJalil Mammadguluzadeh
22 February 1866
Satirist
Azim AzimzadeAzim Azimzade
07 May 1880
Artist

Ahmad JavadAhmad Javad
05 May 1892
Poet

Mimi IkonnMimi Ikonn
25 July 1986
YouTuber, Author, Entrepreneur
Jafar JabbarlyJafar Jabbarly
20 March 1899
Playwright

Suleyman RustamSuleyman Rustam
27 November 1906
Poet
Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
12 March 1987
Chess player

Nesrin CavadzadeNesrin Cavadzade
01 July 1982
Actress

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
1141 AD
Poet

Mehriban AliyevaMehriban Aliyeva
26 August 1964
Ophthalmologist, Politician, Physician

Mstislav RostropovichMstislav Rostropovich
27 March 1927
Cellist, Conductor
Samira EfendiSamira Efendi
17 April 1991
Singer

Lotfi A. ZadehLotfi A. Zadeh
04 February 1921
Mathematician

Leyla AliyevaLeyla Aliyeva
03 July 1985
Journalist, Writer

Emin AgalarovEmin Agalarov
12 December 1979
Singer
Zabit SamedovZabit Samedov
21 June 1984
Kickboxer

Jaycee CarrollJaycee Carroll
16 April 1983
Basketball player
Abulfaz ElchibeyAbulfaz Elchibey
24 June 1938
Politician

Imadaddin NasimiImadaddin Nasimi
1369 AD
Poet

Hovhannes BaghramianHovhannes Baghramian
02 December 1897
Military commander
Muslim MagomayevMuslim Magomayev
17 August 1942
Singer

Shaquielle McKissicShaquielle McKissic
17 August 1990
Basketball player
Rafael AghayevRafael Aghayev
04 March 1985
Karateka

Aysel TeymurzadehAysel Teymurzadeh
25 April 1989
Azerbaijani singer

Ramil GuliyevRamil Guliyev
29 May 1990
Sprinter
Alim NabievAlim Nabiev
10 October 1994
Kickboxer

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Ali IsayevAli Isayev
18 December 1983
Amateur wrestler
Zeynab JavadliZeynab Javadli
19 July 1991
Gymnast

John M. StahlJohn M. Stahl
21 January 1886
Film director

Sahiba GafarovaSahiba Gafarova
19 March 1955
Politician

Nijat RahimovNijat Rahimov
13 August 1993
Weightlifter
Sharif SharifovSharif Sharifov
11 November 1988
Wrestler
Magomedrasul MajidovMagomedrasul Majidov
27 September 1986
Boxer

Zarifa AliyevaZarifa Aliyeva
28 April 1923
Ophthalmologist

Ekaterina RyabovaEkaterina Ryabova
27 March 2003
Figure skater

Anna PavlovaAnna Pavlova
06 September 1987
Artistic gymnast
Alim QasimovAlim Qasimov
14 August 1957
Musician

Max BlackMax Black
24 February 1909
Philosopher

Chingiz AllazovChingiz Allazov
10 June 1993
Kickboxer

Nigar JamalNigar Jamal
07 September 1980
Singer

Aziza Mustafa ZadehAziza Mustafa Zadeh
19 December 1969
Singer
Chingiz MustafayevChingiz Mustafayev
11 March 1991
Singer

Eldar GasimovEldar Gasimov
04 June 1989
Azerbaijani singer
Nik Caner-MedleyNik Caner-Medley
20 October 1983
Basketball player

Albert SelimovAlbert Selimov
05 April 1986
Boxer

Haji AliyevHaji Aliyev
21 April 1991
Wrestler
Kurban SaidKurban Said
20 October 1905
Author

Artur RasizadeArtur Rasizade
26 February 1935
Prime Minister of Azerbaijan
Safura AlizadehSafura Alizadeh
20 September 1992
Singer

KhāqānīKhāqānī
1120 AD
Persian poet

Jabrayil HasanovJabrayil Hasanov
24 February 1990
Wrestler

Sura İskenderliSura İskenderli
17 December 1994
Singer

Polad BülbüloğluPolad Bülbüloğlu
04 February 1945
Singer
Zamira HajiyevaZamira Hajiyeva
18 July 1963
Jahangir Hajiyev's wife

Oksana RasulovaOksana Rasulova
19 December 1982
Dancer

Aygun KazimovaAygun Kazimova
26 January 1971
Singer

Samra RahimliSamra Rahimli
20 October 1994
Singer
Nargiz Birk-PetersenNargiz Birk-Petersen
07 August 1976
Lawyer

BanineBanine
18 December 1905
Writer
Polina RahimovaPolina Rahimova
05 June 1990
Volleyball player

Toghrul AsgarovToghrul Asgarov
17 September 1992
Wrestler

Turkan MamedyarovaTurkan Mamedyarova
07 August 1989
Chess player
RoyaRoya
14 June 1982
Singer

BulbulBulbul
22 June 1897
Singer
Patimat AbakarovaPatimat Abakarova
23 October 1994
Taekwondo athlete

Khetag GazyumovKhetag Gazyumov
24 April 1983
Amateur wrestler

Vladimir LitvintsevVladimir Litvintsev
18 February 2001
Figure skater
Elina DanielianElina Danielian
16 August 1978
Chess player

Zeynab KhanlarovaZeynab Khanlarova
28 December 1936
Singer
Mariya StadnikMariya Stadnik
03 June 1988
Wrestler

Elnur HüseynovElnur Hüseynov
03 March 1987
Singer

Elchin SafarliElchin Safarli
12 March 1984
Novelist

Spencer NelsonSpencer Nelson
11 July 1980
Basketball player
Farid MammadovFarid Mammadov
30 August 1991
Singer
Dilara KazimovaDilara Kazimova
20 May 1984
Singer

Zeinab MamedyarovaZeinab Mamedyarova
03 October 1983
Chess player

AiselAisel
03 July 1989
Singer

Jordan DavisJordan Davis
06 June 1997
Basketball player
Fakhraddin ManafovFakhraddin Manafov
02 August 1955
Actor

Huseyn JavidHuseyn Javid
24 October 1882
Poet

Sabina BabayevaSabina Babayeva
02 December 1979
Singer

Radik IsayevRadik Isayev
26 September 1989
Taekwondo athlete

Rovshan BayramovRovshan Bayramov
07 May 1987
Amateur wrestler
Brilliant DadashovaBrilliant Dadashova
15 September 1959
Singer

Niyameddin MusayevNiyameddin Musayev
01 June 1940
Singer
Diana HajiyevaDiana Hajiyeva
13 June 1989
Singer-songwriter

Akram AylisliAkram Aylisli
12 January 1937
Writer
Rustam OrujovRustam Orujov
04 October 1991
Judoka
Flora KarimovaFlora Karimova
23 July 1941
Singer