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

Nariman NarimanovNariman Narimanov
02 April 1870
Politician

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

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

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
Samira EfendiSamira Efendi
17 April 1991
Singer

Teimour RadjabovTeimour Radjabov
12 March 1987
Chess player

Mehriban AliyevaMehriban Aliyeva
26 August 1964
Politician

Nesrin CavadzadeNesrin Cavadzade
01 July 1982
Actress

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
1141 AD
Poet
Muslim MagomayevMuslim Magomayev
17 August 1942
Singer

Leyla AliyevaLeyla Aliyeva
03 July 1984
Ilham Aliyev's daughter

Lotfi A. ZadehLotfi A. Zadeh
04 February 1921
Mathematician

Emin AgalarovEmin Agalarov
12 December 1979
Singer
Abulfaz ElchibeyAbulfaz Elchibey
24 June 1938
Politician

Zabit SamedovZabit Samedov
21 June 1984
Kickboxer
Jaycee CarrollJaycee Carroll
16 April 1983
Basketball player

Hovhannes BaghramianHovhannes Baghramian
02 December 1897
Military commander

Imadaddin NasimiImadaddin Nasimi
1369 AD
Poet
Magomedrasul MajidovMagomedrasul Majidov
27 September 1986
Boxer

Rafael AghayevRafael Aghayev
04 March 1985
Karateka
Sahiba GafarovaSahiba Gafarova
19 March 1955
Politician

Gunay MammadzadaGunay Mammadzada
19 June 2000
Chess player

Ali IsayevAli Isayev
18 December 1983
Amateur wrestler
Zarifa AliyevaZarifa Aliyeva
28 April 1923
Ophthalmologist

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Boyanka KostovaBoyanka Kostova
10 May 1993
Weightlifter
Aysel TeymurzadehAysel Teymurzadeh
25 April 1989
Singer

Ramil GuliyevRamil Guliyev
29 May 1990
Sprinter

Sharif SharifovSharif Sharifov
11 November 1988
Wrestler

Zeynab JavadliZeynab Javadli
19 July 1991
Gymnast
Nijat RahimovNijat Rahimov
13 August 1993
Weightlifter
Chingiz AllazovChingiz Allazov
10 June 1993
Kickboxer

Chingiz MustafayevChingiz Mustafayev
11 March 1991
Singer

Mariya StadnikMariya Stadnik
03 June 1988
Wrestler

Anna PavlovaAnna Pavlova
06 September 1987
Artistic gymnast
Albert SelimovAlbert Selimov
05 April 1986
Boxer

Jabrayil HasanovJabrayil Hasanov
24 February 1990
Wrestler

Samra RahimliSamra Rahimli
20 October 1994
Singer

Nigar JamalNigar Jamal
07 September 1980
Singer

Alim QasimovAlim Qasimov
14 August 1957
Musician
Eldar GasimovEldar Gasimov
04 June 1989
Singer

Max BlackMax Black
24 February 1909
Philosopher
Alim NabievAlim Nabiev
10 October 1994
Kickboxer

Aziza Mustafa ZadehAziza Mustafa Zadeh
19 December 1969
Singer

Haji AliyevHaji Aliyev
21 April 1991
Wrestler
John M. StahlJohn M. Stahl
21 January 1886
Film director

Nik Caner-MedleyNik Caner-Medley
20 October 1983
Basketball player
Shaquielle McKissicShaquielle McKissic
17 August 1990
Basketball player

Toghrul AsgarovToghrul Asgarov
17 September 1992
Wrestler

Nargiz Birk-PetersenNargiz Birk-Petersen
07 August 1976
Lawyer

Artur RasizadeArtur Rasizade
26 February 1935
Prime Minister of Azerbaijan

Farid MammadovFarid Mammadov
30 August 1991
Singer
Polad BülbüloğluPolad Bülbüloğlu
04 February 1945
Singer

Safura AlizadehSafura Alizadeh
20 September 1992
Singer

AiselAisel
03 July 1989
Singer

Sura İskenderliSura İskenderli
17 December 1994
Singer
KhāqānīKhāqānī
1120 AD
Persian poet

Kurban SaidKurban Said
20 October 1905
Author
Sabina BabayevaSabina Babayeva
02 December 1979
Singer

Diana HajiyevaDiana Hajiyeva
13 June 1989
Singer-songwriter

Khetag GazyumovKhetag Gazyumov
24 April 1983
Amateur wrestler
Elnur HüseynovElnur Hüseynov
03 March 1987
Singer

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

Zeinab MamedyarovaZeinab Mamedyarova
03 October 1983
Chess player

Radik IsayevRadik Isayev
26 September 1989
Taekwondo athlete
Dilara KazimovaDilara Kazimova
20 May 1984
Singer

Milad BeigiMilad Beigi
01 March 1991
Taekwondo athlete
Zamira HajiyevaZamira Hajiyeva
18 July 1963
Jahangir Hajiyev's wife

Oksana RasulovaOksana Rasulova
19 December 1982
Dancer

Aygun KazimovaAygun Kazimova
26 January 1971
Singer

Patimat AbakarovaPatimat Abakarova
23 October 1994
Taekwondo athlete
Rovshan BayramovRovshan Bayramov
07 May 1987
Amateur wrestler
Rustam OrujovRustam Orujov
04 October 1991
Judoka

Zeynab KhanlarovaZeynab Khanlarova
28 December 1936
Singer

Ekaterina RyabovaEkaterina Ryabova
27 March 2003
Figure skater

Vladimir ArzumanyanVladimir Arzumanyan
26 May 1998
Singer
Elchin SafarliElchin Safarli
12 March 1984
Novelist

BulbulBulbul
22 June 1897
Singer

Lorenzo SotomayorLorenzo Sotomayor
16 February 1985
Boxer

Huseyn JavidHuseyn Javid
24 October 1882
Poet

Brilliant DadashovaBrilliant Dadashova
15 September 1959
Singer
Polina RahimovaPolina Rahimova
05 June 1990
Volleyball player

BanineBanine
18 December 1905
Writer
Niyameddin MusayevNiyameddin Musayev
01 June 1940
Singer

Akram AylisliAkram Aylisli
12 January 1937
Writer
Parviz AbdullayevParviz Abdullayev
05 January 1986
Kickboxer
Jordan DavisJordan Davis
06 June 1997
Basketball player