Famous Polish Men

Situated in Central Europe, Poland is ninth largest country in Europe and ranks as the 34th most populous in the world. With a population of more than 38.5 million people, polish nationals rank amongst the world’s most ingenious lot. Coming to Polish men, their contribution to the world history, civilization and science have been noteworthy. Be it Jan Szczepanik and his bulletproof vest that secured the life of millions of men and women around the globe or Jan Jozef Ignacy Łukasiewicz’s paraffin lamp that made way for light to enter the dark households, Polish men are noted for a lot of inventions and discoveries that shaped modern living. And that it not all for Polish men are responsible for a lot more than just inventions.

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 1 Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

Considered one of the best football players in the world, Robert Lewandowski plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and leads the Poland national team as its captain. Known for his exceptional goal scoring ability and striking skills, Lewandowski has earned several accolades including Polish Player of the Year title for eight consecutive years. Besides, he is also a venture capitalist.

 2 Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 1, 1810
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland
Died: October 17, 1849

Romantic Era virtuoso pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin, nicknamed The Poet of the Piano, is remembered as the inventor of the instrumental ballade. The legendary composer mostly created solo piano masterpieces but also experimented with piano concertos and chamber pieces. He was influenced by Bach, Mozart, and Polish folk music.

 3 Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 19, 1473
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toruń, Poland
Died: May 24, 1543

Nicolaus Copernicus was a mathematician and astronomer. He is credited with formulating Heliocentrism, which led to the Copernican Revolution. Although Aristarchus of Samos had formulated Heliocentrism 18 centuries earlier, Copernicus was responsible for popularizing it. Copernicus is also credited with formulating an economic principle, which was later called Gresham's law.

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 4 Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 3, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berdychiv, Ukraine
Died: August 3, 1924

Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer. Considered one of the greatest English-language novelists of all time, Conrad is credited with bringing a non-English sensibility into English-language literature. Many of his works have inspired several films, TV series, and video games. His anti-heroic characters and narrative style have influenced many authors like Salman Rushdie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T. S. Eliot.

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 5 Peter Schmeichel

Peter Schmeichel
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

 6 Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski
Famous As: United States National Security Advisor (1977-81)
Birthdate: March 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: May 26, 2017
Polish-American diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski had been a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. He believed in the realist school of international relations. He also taught foreign policy and was seen in programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

 7 Benoit Mandelbrot

Benoit Mandelbrot
Famous As: Mathematician and polymath
Birthdate: November 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: October 14, 2010

Noted mathematician and polymath, Benoit B. Mandelbrot is perhaps best known for his work on fractal. He not only coined the term, but also used computer-constructed images to illustrate the mathematical definition. Also credited with the discovery of Mandelbrot set and Mandelbrot law, he established that even those things which were apparently chaotic or rough had a "degree of order".

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 8 Mariusz Pudzianowski

Mariusz Pudzianowski
Famous As: Strongman
Birthdate: February 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Biala Rawska, Poland
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 9 Jan Blachowicz

Jan Blachowicz
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: February 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cieszyn, Poland

 10 Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa
Famous As: Former President of Poland
Birthdate: September 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Popowo, Gmina Tłuchowo, Poland

Lech Walesa is a Polish dissident and statesman. From 1990 to 1995, Walesa served as the first elected president of Poland. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Walesa was adjudged Time Person of the Year in 1981. In 1999, he was named in the magazine's most important people of the 20th century list. 

 11 Stanisław Lem

Stanisław Lem
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: March 27, 2006

Stanisław Lem was a Polish writer who specialized in the science fiction genre. He was also a noted essayist who wrote on varied subjects, including philosophy, futurology, and literary criticism. His books, which have been translated into over 50 languages, have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. 

 12 Wojciech Szczęsny

Wojciech Szczęsny
Famous As: Polish footballer
Birthdate: April 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warsaw

 13 Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: December 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland

 14 Witold Pilecki

Witold Pilecki
Famous As: Nazi-era Polish Army Officer
Birthdate: May 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Olonets
Died: May 25, 1948

Known as prisoner number 4859 at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Witold Pilecki voluntarily got himself arrested to be sent to the camp, so that he could start an anti-Nazi resistance movement. He set up the underground campaign ZOW and was eventually able to escape. Nevertheless, he was executed by communists.

 15 Władysław Szpilman

Władysław Szpilman
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sosnowiec, Poland
Died: July 6, 2000

Władysław Szpilman was a Polish pianist of Jewish descent. He was a popular performer on Polish radio and in concert in the 1930s. He was also a prolific composer. He survived the Holocaust and was the central figure in the 2002 Roman Polanski film The Pianist. His son, Andrzej Szpilman, is also a composer and music producer. 

 16 Arthur Rubinstein

Arthur Rubinstein
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: January 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland
Died: December 20, 1982

Arthur Rubinstein was a Polish-American pianist counted amongst the greatest pianists of all time. He had an extensive career spanning eight decades, during which he earned much international acclaim. He played music performed by several illustrious composers and is especially remembered for his interpretation of Chopin’s music. Renowned pianists François-René Duchâble and Avi Schönfeld were his students. 

 17 Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski
Famous As: He is best known for his book series The Witcher
Birthdate: June 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski is best known for his widely translated iconic book series The Witcher, which has also been made into a Netflix series. While he initially studied economics and worked as a sales representative, he soared to fame with the short story Wiedźmin, which later became The Witcher.

 18 Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: May 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland
Died: April 2, 2005

Pope John Paul II was the head of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. He is hailed for helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and improving the Catholic Church's relations with Islam, Judaism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He was a lifelong football fan, having himself played the sport in his youth.

 19 Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sanok, Poland
Died: February 21, 2005

 20 Tadeusz Kościuszko

Tadeusz Kościuszko
Famous As: Statesman, Engineer
Birthdate: January 31, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mieračoŭščyna
Died: October 15, 1817

Tadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish-Lithuanian statesman, military leader, and military engineer. Thanks to his participation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's fight against Prussia and Russia and his role in the American Revolutionary War, Tadeusz Kościuszko is widely regarded as a national hero in the United States, Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania.

 21 Ross Martin

Ross Martin
Famous As: Actors
Birthdate: March 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gródek, Poland
Died: July 3, 1981

 22 Itzhak Stern

Itzhak Stern
Famous As: Holocaust Survivor
Birthdate: January 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: 1969 AD

Itzhak Stern was a Polish-Israeli Jewish Holocaust survivor. An accountant by profession, he was closely involved with industrialist Oskar Schindler and assisted him in his rescue activities during the Holocaust. Both Stern and Schindler survived the Holocaust and remained friends until Stern’s death in 1969. Stern was played by English actor Ben Kingsley in the film Schindler's List

 23 Andrew Golota

Andrew Golota
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

 24 Kazimierz Pułaski

Kazimierz Pułaski
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 6, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: October 11, 1779

Kazimierz Pułaski was a Polish nobleman, military commander, and soldier. Dubbed the father of the American cavalry, Pulaski is credited with creating the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reorganizing the American cavalry. He played an important role in the American Revolutionary War and is remembered for fighting for the independence of Poland and the United States.

 25 Konstantin Rokossovsky

Konstantin Rokossovsky
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: December 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 3, 1968

Konstantin Rokossovsky was a Soviet and Polish officer. One of the most important Red Army commanders during the Second World War, Rokossovsky also served as Poland's Defence Minister from 1949 to 1956. He also served as the Marshal of Poland and as the Marshal of the Soviet Union.

 26 Krzysztof Kieślowski

Krzysztof Kieślowski
Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: March 13, 1996

 27 Sebastian Janikowski

Sebastian Janikowski
Famous As: American footballer
Birthdate: March 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Walbrzych, Dolnoslaskie, Poland

 28 Marcin Gortat

Marcin Gortat
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lódz, Poland

 29 Arkadiusz Milik

Arkadiusz Milik
Famous As: Polish footballer
Birthdate: February 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tychy, Poland

 30 John III Sobieski

John III Sobieski
Famous As: Military leader, Politician
Birthdate: August 17, 1629
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Olesko
Died: June 17, 1696

Well-educated and well-traveled, John III Sobieski initially joined the Swedes as a soldier, in opposing Polish ruler John Casimir. He then switched to the Polish side. He gradually rose through the ranks to become a grand marshal and a grand-hetman, and eventually became the king of Poland.

 31 Józef Piłsudski

Józef Piłsudski
Famous As: Chief of State of Poland (1918-1922)
Birthdate: December 5, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zalavas, Lithuania
Died: May 12, 1935

Józef Piłsudski was a Polish statesman and one of the most influential personalities in Polish politics post World War I. From 1918 to 1922, he served as the Chief of State. From 1926 to 1935, he was regarded as the de facto leader of the Second Polish Republic and was largely viewed as the father of Interwar Poland.

 32 Janusz Kamiński

Janusz Kamiński
Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: June 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ziebice, Poland

 33 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
Famous As: Physicist, Inventor
Birthdate: May 24, 1686
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gdańsk
Died: September 16, 1736

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was a scientific instrument maker, inventor, and physicist. One of the most prominent and influential personalities of the Dutch Golden Age of science and technology, Fahrenheit is credited with many important inventions, including the mercury-in-glass thermometer and Fahrenheit scale. His inventions helped shape the history of thermometry. 

 34 Johann Gottfried Herder

Johann Gottfried Herder
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 25, 1744
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morąg, Poland
Died: December 18, 1803

German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder is best remembered as a significant figure of the Sturm und Drang literary movement. Born into poverty and largely self-educated till 17, he later became a disciple of Immanuel Kant and was associated with Enlightenment and Weimar Classicism. He was eventually ennobled.

 35 Janusz Korczak

Janusz Korczak
Famous As: Former educator, children's author, pedagogue
Birthdate: July 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 7, 1942

A reputed Polish doctor, Henryk Goldszmit was better known by his pseudonym, Janusz Korczak, which he used to write several children’s books. Apart from working as a pediatrician and a military doctor, he also owned a Jewish orphanage and stayed with the children while the Germans deported him and other staff to Treblinka.

 36 Grzegorz Krychowiak

Grzegorz Krychowiak
Famous As: Polish footballer
Birthdate: January 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gryfice

 37 Łukasz Piszczek

Łukasz Piszczek
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland

 38 Mateusz Kieliszkowski

Mateusz Kieliszkowski
Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Słubice

 39 Stanislaw Szukalski

Stanislaw Szukalski
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warta, Poland
Died: May 19, 1987

 40 Sigismund III Vasa

Sigismund III Vasa
Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 20, 1566
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gripsholm Castle
Died: April 30, 1632

Sigismund III Vasa was the elder son of Swedish king John III Vasa. As the king of Poland and Sweden, he not only enjoyed prosperity but also tried to unite the two states, although he ended up creating conflicts between them. His lust for power also resulted in the Zebrzydowski Rebellion.

 41 Adam Kownacki

Adam Kownacki
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lomza, Poland

 42 Furious Pete

Furious Pete
Famous As: Competitive Eater
Birthdate: November 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pete Czerwinski, or Furious Pete, had been an anorexic child. Following his recovery, the Canadian realized he could eat a lot of food easily and began posting his competitive eating videos on YouTube. Pete is also a cancer survivor and believes in the motto “Eat big or go home.”

 43 Hubert Hurkacz

Hubert Hurkacz
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

 44 Artur Szpilka

Artur Szpilka
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wieliczka, Poland

 45 Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sopot, Poland
Died: November 23, 1991

Though German actor Klaus Kinski had gained fame with his stellar performances in the films of Werner Herzog, he had also been in the news for his eccentricity and volatile nature. He was once admitted to psychiatric facility for attempting to kill his sponsor, and his own daughter accused him of abuse.

 46 Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 21, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leoncin, Congress Poland
Died: July 24, 1991

Nobel Prize-winning Polish-American author Isaac Bashevis Singer is best remembered for his short stories and novels that mirrored Jewish life with a tinge of irony. Born into a family of rabbis, he got a traditional education and later became a journalist. His works include the iconic novel The Family Moskat.

 47 Kamil Glik

Kamil Glik
Famous As: Polish footballer
Birthdate: February 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jastrzębie-Zdrój

 48 Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda
Famous As: Polish film director
Birthdate: March 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Suwałki
Died: October 9, 2016

 49 Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki
Famous As: Composer who created new sounds from the forms and styles of works from past centuries.
Birthdate: November 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Debica, Poland
Died: March 29, 2020

Krzysztof Penderecki was a Polish composer and conductor who achieved international recognition for his works, which include compositions like Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima and Anaklasis. Krzysztof Penderecki was honored with several prestigious awards such as four Grammy Awards, the Wihuri Sibelius Prize, and the Wolf Prize in Arts.

 50 Artur Boruc

Artur Boruc
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Siedlce, Poland

Who can forget the contribution of Nicolaus Copernicus in the field of astronomy or Frederic Chopin’s piano compositions to music or Joseph Conrad’s distinguished books that stirred the literary world? Each of them gave Poland an eminent place in world history through their exemplary deeds and works. Brief yourself with the life and works of these famous Polish men whose contribution in world history is totally immeasurable.