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
(Fourth President of Azerbaijan)

24 December 1961

Heydar Aliyev Heydar Aliyev
(Former President of Azerbaijan)

10 May 1923

Mirza Fatali AkhundovMirza Fatali Akhundov
(Writer and Philisopher)

12 July 1812

Nariman NarimanovNariman Narimanov
(Politician)

02 April 1870

Mimi IkonnMimi Ikonn
(YouTuber, Author, Entrepreneur)

25 July 1986

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

06 August 1832

Azim AzimzadeAzim Azimzade
(Artist)

07 May 1880

Jalil MammadguluzadehJalil Mammadguluzadeh
(Satirist)

22 February 1866

Ahmad JavadAhmad Javad
(Poet)

05 May 1892

Suleyman RustamSuleyman Rustam
(Poet)

27 November 1906

Jafar JabbarlyJafar Jabbarly
(Playwright)

20 March 1899

Mstislav RostropovichMstislav Rostropovich
(Cellist, Conductor)

27 March 1927

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
(poet, writer)

1141 AD

Mehriban AliyevaMehriban Aliyeva
(Ophthalmologist, Politician, Physician)

26 August 1964

Lotfi A. ZadehLotfi A. Zadeh
(Mathematician, Engineer, Professor, Scientist, Computer scientist)

04 February 1921

Leyla AliyevaLeyla Aliyeva
(Journalist, Writer)

03 July 1985

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
(Chess player)

12 March 1987

Abulfaz ElchibeyAbulfaz Elchibey
(Politician)

24 June 1938

Aysel TeymurzadehAysel Teymurzadeh
(Azerbaijani singer)

25 April 1989

Eldar GasimovEldar Gasimov
(Azerbaijani singer)

04 June 1989

Nigar JamalNigar Jamal
(Singer)

07 September 1980

Artur RasizadeArtur Rasizade
(Prime Minister of Azerbaijan)

26 February 1935

Safura AlizadehSafura Alizadeh
(Singer)

20 September 1992

Hovhannes BaghramianHovhannes Baghramian
(Military commander)

02 December 1897