Find out more about the greatest Polish, including Marie Curie, Pope John Paul II, Nicolaus Copernicus, Joseph Conrad and Rosa Luxemburg.

Whether you savor the old world charm of Poland or totally swear by its Zubrowka Vodka or are simply mesmerized by its Oscypek, a kind of stunning-looking carved cheese, you will totally lap up reading more about the country’s rich and famous here. Agreed, for a country teeming with history and a heart-warming culture, it is not altogether impossible to get swayed. But besides all the amazing attractions that Poland boasts of, there is this incredible lot of people who have inspired greatness in the country. Be it Copernicus, Chopin, Marie Curie, Pope John Paul II, Robert Kubica or Joanna Krupa, Poland prides itself on its superlative lot of nationals who have inspired a world way beyond their country’s border. Let us delve deep into the lives of some of the famous Polish people to have ever walked the earth and get inspired as we trail their timeline, learn some interesting trivia and unearth some lesser known facts about them in these biographies.
Marie CurieMarie Curie
(First woman to win a Nobel Prize)

07 November 1867

04 July 1934

Warsaw, Poland

Scorpio

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
(Footballer)

21 August 1988

Warsaw

Leo

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Laguna Larga

Scorpio

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
(The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome))

18 May 1920

02 April 2005

Wadowice

Taurus

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus

19 February 1473

24 May 1543

Toruń

Aquarius

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
(Composer)

01 March 1810

17 October 1849

Żelazowa Wola

Pisces

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
(Gangster)

04 July 1902

15 January 1983

Grodno

Cancer

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
(Writer)

03 December 1857

03 August 1924

Berdychiv

Sagittarius

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
(Marxist Theorist)

05 March 1871

15 January 1919

Zamos'c'

Pisces

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
(Nurse)

15 February 1910

12 May 2008

Otwock

Aquarius

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
(Actor, Model, Television Personality)

23 April 1979

Warsaw, Poland

Taurus

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
(Writer)

21 November 1902

24 July 1991

Leoncin, Congress Poland

Scorpio

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
(Rabbi)

11 January 1907

23 December 1972

Warsaw

Capricorn

Alfred KorzybskiAlfred Korzybski
(Scholar who developed the field of General Semantics)

03 July 1879

01 March 1950

Warsaw

Cancer

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
(Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology)

24 January 1828

25 June 1898

Wrocław, Poland

Aquarius

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
(Economist)

05 October 1930

23 August 2016

Wrocław, Poland

Libra

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
(Physicist)

01 August 1924

29 September 2010

Dąbrowica, Poland

Leo

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Popowo, Gmina Tłuchowo, Poland

Libra

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
(Endocrinologist)

30 November 1926

Wilno, Poland

Sagittarius

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein
(Chemist)

20 July 1897

01 August 1996

Włocławek, Poland

Cancer

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
(Biochemist)

21 January 1912

15 October 2000

Neisse (Nysa), Silesia, Prussia, German Empire

Aquarius

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
(Geologist)

31 July 1802

23 January 1889

Nesvizh

Leo

Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
(Discalced Carmelite Friar)

01 September 1835

15 November 1907

Vilnius, Russian Empire

Virgo

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun

23 March 1912

16 June 1977

Wyrzysk

Aries

KeralisKeralis
(YouTube Gamer)

30 April 1980

Poland

Taurus

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

02 July 1923

01 February 2012

Kórnik

Cancer

Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki
(Writer)

01 April 1901

12 September 1964

Lyakhavichy

Aries

Thomas Nicholas KucThomas Nicholas Kuc
(TV Actor, Social Media Personality, and amateur Athlete)

10 October 2002

Brazil

Libra

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
(Composer)

25 January 1913

07 February 1994

Warsaw

Aquarius

Ola KowalOla Kowal
(Model, Blogger, Instagram Star)

1990 AD

Warsaw, Poland

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
(Poet)

30 June 1911

14 August 2004

Šeteniai

Cancer

Fryderyk Franciszek ChopinFryderyk Franciszek Chopin
(Composer and Pianist)

01 March 1810

17 October 1849

Żelazowa Wola, Poland

Pisces

Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski
(Actor, Model, Television actor)

07 June 1991

Westminster

Gemini

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)

13 February 1947

Chicago

Aquarius

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
(Aviator, Flying ace, Officer)

02 May 1892

21 April 1918

Wrocław

Taurus

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
(Politician, Officer)

02 October 1847

02 August 1934

Poznań

Libra

Rob Van DamRob Van Dam
(Actor, Professional wrestler, Television actor)

18 December 1970

Battle Creek

Sagittarius

Emerson FittipaldiEmerson Fittipaldi
(Formula One driver, Champ Car driver)

12 December 1946

São Paulo

Sagittarius

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
(Association football player, Non-fiction writer)

04 June 1985

Gliwice

Gemini

Janusz KorczakJanusz Korczak
(Educationist, Pediatrician, Children's writer)

22 July 1878

05 August 1942

Warsaw

Cancer

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
(Writer, Military personnel)

17 June 1888

14 May 1954

Chełmno

Gemini

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski

1928 AD

Warsaw

Ola JordanOla Jordan
(Dancer)

30 September 1982

Nasielsk

Libra

Witold PileckiWitold Pilecki
(Officer)

13 May 1901

25 May 1948

Olonets

Taurus

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
(Politician, Historian)

22 April 1957

Gdańsk

Taurus

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
(Association football player)

10 September 1985

Tulle

Virgo

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe

08 January 1894

14 August 1941

Zduńska Wola

Capricorn

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

Bremen

Capricorn

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
(Accountant)

25 January 1901

22 April 1969

Kraków

Aquarius

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
(Statesman, Explorer, Politician, Officer)

04 June 1867

27 January 1951

Askainen

Gemini

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
(Writer)

21 June 1948

Łódź

Gemini

Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
(Polish footballer)

28 February 1994

Tychy, Poland

Pisces

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist, Writer, Computer scientist)

20 November 1924

14 October 2010

Warsaw

Scorpio

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica

1984 AD

Kraków

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
(Soviet officer)

21 December 1896

03 August 1968

Warsaw

Sagittarius

Hilary KoprowskiHilary Koprowski
(Virologist, Immunologist)

05 December 1916

11 April 2013

Warsaw

Sagittarius

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
(Military personnel, Soldier)

18 February 1920

31 January 1945

Detroit

Aquarius

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
(Polish footballer)

23 March 1973

Rybnik

Aries

Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
(Aviator, Test pilot, Helicopter pilot, Military personnel)

29 March 1912

24 August 1979

Jelenia Góra

Aries

Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
(Psychologist, University teacher)

09 September 1890

12 February 1947

Mogilno

Virgo

Grzegorz KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
(Polish footballer)

29 January 1990

Gryfice

Aquarius

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
(Boxer)

05 January 1968

Warsaw

Capricorn

Adam DarskiAdam Darski
(Curator, Guitarist, Journalist, Lyricist, Songwriter)

10 June 1977

Gdynia

Gemini

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
(Medical Doctor)

23 January 1943

Lublin

Aquarius

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman
Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Chess player, Journalist)

26 November 1911

04 April 1992

Ozorków

Sagittarius

Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
(Architect, Musician, University teacher)

12 May 1946

Łódź

Taurus

Egon KrenzEgon Krenz
(German Politician)

19 March 1937

Kołobrzeg

Pisces

Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
(Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer, Journalist)

25 July 1964

Washington, D.C.

Leo

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge
(Officer)

30 October 1882

17 August 1944

Poznań

Scorpio

Sigismund III VasaSigismund III Vasa
(King)

20 June 1566

30 April 1632

Gripsholm Castle

Gemini

Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder
(philosopher, theologian, poet, translator)

25 August 1744

18 December 1803

Morąg

Virgo

BalthusBalthus
(Painter, Artist)

29 February 1908

18 February 2001

Paris

Pisces

Pola NegriPola Negri

1897 AD

Lipno

Stanislaw UlamStanislaw Ulam
(Mathematician)

13 April 1909

13 May 1984

Lviv

Aries

Werner von BlombergWerner von Blomberg
(Politician, Officer, Military personnel)

02 September 1878

14 March 1946

Stargard Szczeciński

Virgo

Erich von FalkenhaynErich von Falkenhayn
(Politician, Officer)

11 September 1861

08 April 1922

Białochowo

Virgo

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
(Painter)

16 May 1898

18 March 1980

Warsaw

Taurus

Jerzy KukuczkaJerzy Kukuczka
(Mountaineer)

24 March 1948

24 October 1989

Katowice

Aries

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker

Barlinek

Krzysztof PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki
(Composer, Conductor, Educationist, Musicologist, Music educator)

23 November 1933

Dębica

Sagittarius