List of famous Polish people with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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

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

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

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

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Popowo, Gmina Tłuchowo, Poland

Libra

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
(Composer)

01 March 1810

17 October 1849

Żelazowa Wola

Pisces

Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
(Discalced Carmelite Friar)

01 September 1835

15 November 1907

Vilnius, Russian Empire

Virgo

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
(Geologist)

31 July 1802

23 January 1889

Nesvizh

Leo

Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki
(Writer)

01 April 1901

12 September 1964

Lyakhavichy

Aries

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

02 July 1923

01 February 2012

Kórnik

Cancer

KeralisKeralis
(YouTube Gamer)

30 April 1980

Poland

Taurus

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
(Composer)

25 January 1913

07 February 1994

Warsaw

Aquarius

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
(Poet)

30 June 1911

14 August 2004

Šeteniai

Cancer

Ola KowalOla Kowal
(Model, Blogger, Instagram Star)

1990 AD

Warsaw, Poland

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

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

Bremen

Capricorn

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)

13 February 1947

Chicago

Aquarius

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
(Criminal)

04 July 1902

15 January 1983

Grodno

Cancer

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

18 December 1970

Battle Creek

Sagittarius

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

22 July 1878

05 August 1942

Warsaw

Cancer

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

04 June 1985

Gliwice

Gemini

BalthusBalthus
(Painter, Artist)

29 February 1908

18 February 2001

Paris

Pisces

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
(Politician, Historian)

22 April 1957

Gdańsk

Taurus

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
(Association football player)

10 September 1985

Tulle

Virgo

Witold PileckiWitold Pilecki
(Officer)

13 May 1901

25 May 1948

Olonets

Taurus

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

04 June 1867

27 January 1951

Askainen

Gemini

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
(Military personnel, Soldier)

18 February 1920

31 January 1945

Detroit

Aquarius

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
(Boxer)

05 January 1968

Warsaw

Capricorn

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
(Writer)

21 June 1948

Łódź

Gemini

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
(Accountant)

25 January 1901

22 April 1969

Kraków

Aquarius

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

20 November 1924

14 October 2010

Warsaw

Scorpio

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

12 December 1946

São Paulo

Sagittarius

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
(Medical Doctor)

23 January 1943

Lublin

Aquarius

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman

Stanislaw UlamStanislaw Ulam
(Mathematician)

13 April 1909

13 May 1984

Lviv

Aries

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

10 June 1977

Gdynia

Gemini

Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
(Architect, Musician, University teacher)

12 May 1946

Łódź

Taurus

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

25 July 1964

Washington, D.C.

Leo

Jerzy KukuczkaJerzy Kukuczka
(Mountaineer)

24 March 1948

24 October 1989

Katowice

Aries

Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz
(poet)

24 September 1798

26 November 1855

Zavosse, Belarus

Libra

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

23 November 1933

Dębica

Sagittarius

Ola JordanOla Jordan
(Dancer)

30 September 1982

Nasielsk

Libra

MargaretMargaret
(singer)

30 June 1991

Stargard Szczeciński

Cancer

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
(Painter)

16 May 1898

18 March 1980

Warsaw

Taurus

Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
(Rabbi, Physician)

25 August 1698

22 May 1760

Okopy, Ukraine

Virgo

Claudia CieslaClaudia Ciesla
(Actor, Model)

12 February 1987

Wodzisław Śląski

Aquarius

Wojciech JaruzelskiWojciech Jaruzelski
(Politician)

06 July 1923

25 May 2014

Kurów

Cancer

Tomer HemedTomer Hemed
(Association football player)

02 May 1987

Haifa

Taurus

Louis WashkanskyLouis Washkansky
(World's first human-to-human heart transplant)

1913 AD

21 December 1967

Kaunas

Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan
(Unemployment)

28 March 1921

22 April 2017

Hanover

Aries

Henryk SienkiewiczHenryk Sienkiewicz
(Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist)

05 May 1846

15 November 1916

Wola Okrzejska

Taurus

Raymond KopaRaymond Kopa
(Association football player)

13 October 1931

03 March 2017

Nœux-les-Mines

Libra

BasiaBasia
(Singer, Jazz musician, Record producer, Composer)

30 September 1954

Jaworzno

Libra

Karl RadekKarl Radek
(Politician, University teacher, Journalist)

31 October 1885

19 May 1939

Lviv

Scorpio

Alfred TarskiAlfred Tarski
(Mathematician, Philosopher)

14 January 1901

26 October 1983

Warsaw

Capricorn

Wanda RutkiewiczWanda Rutkiewicz
(Explorer, Sportsperson, Q20683322, Mountaineer)

04 February 1943

12 May 1992

Plungė

Aquarius

Raphael LemkinRaphael Lemkin
(Lawyer, Peace researcher)

24 June 1900

28 August 1959

Bezwodne

Cancer

Krystian ZimermanKrystian Zimerman
(Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Music educator)

05 December 1956

Zabrze

Sagittarius

Janusz Korwin-MikkeJanusz Korwin-Mikke
(Politician, Bridge player, Economist, Journalist, Esperantist)

27 October 1942

Warsaw

Scorpio

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
(Chess player, Journalist)

26 November 1911

04 April 1992

Ozorków

Sagittarius

Hilary KoprowskiHilary Koprowski
(Virologist, Immunologist)

05 December 1916

11 April 2013

Warsaw

Sagittarius

Krzysztof WielickiKrzysztof Wielicki
(Mountaineer)

05 January 1950

Szklarka Przygodzicka

Capricorn

Jan KarskiJan Karski
(jurist, writer, teacher)

24 June 1914

13 July 2000

Łódź

Cancer

Albert SabinAlbert Sabin
(Physician, Virologist, University teacher)

26 August 1906

03 March 1993

Białystok

Virgo

Antoni MacierewiczAntoni Macierewicz
(Politician, Historian, Journalist, Trade unionist)

03 August 1948

Warsaw

Leo

Richard PipesRichard Pipes
(Historian, Writer, University teacher)

11 July 1923

Cieszyn

Cancer

Jerzy NeymanJerzy Neyman
(Mathematician, Philosopher, Statistician)

16 April 1894

05 August 1981

Bender

Aries

Abel KorzeniowskiAbel Korzeniowski
(Composer, Film score composer)

18 July 1972

Kraków

Cancer

Zbigniew ReligaZbigniew Religa
(Surgeon, Physician, University teacher)

16 December 1938

08 March 2009

Miedniewice, Masovian Voivodeship

Sagittarius

Wolf MessingWolf Messing
(hypnotist, mentalist)

10 September 1899

08 November 1974

Góra Kalwaria

Virgo

Zbigniew PreisnerZbigniew Preisner
(Film score composer, Composer)

20 May 1955

Bielsko-Biała

Taurus

Bruno SchulzBruno Schulz
(Writer, Painter, Literary critic)

12 July 1892

19 November 1942

Drohobych

Cancer

Karol SzymanowskiKarol Szymanowski
(Composer, Music educator, University teacher, Pianist)

03 October 1882

29 March 1937

Paris

Libra

Ewa KopaczEwa Kopacz
(Politician, Physician)

03 December 1956

Skaryszew

Sagittarius

Leonid HurwiczLeonid Hurwicz
(Mathematician, Economist)

21 August 1917

24 June 2008

Moscow

Leo

Henry MorgentalerHenry Morgentaler
(Physician)

19 March 1923

29 May 2013

Łódź

Pisces

Henryk WieniawskiHenryk Wieniawski
(Composer, Music educator)

10 July 1835

31 March 1880

Lublin

Cancer

Emanuel AxEmanuel Ax
(Pianist, Musician, Music educator)

08 June 1949

Lviv

Gemini

Anna GermanAnna German
Ben SaharBen Sahar
(Association football player)

10 August 1989

Holon

Leo

Gerda Weissmann KleinGerda Weissmann Klein
(Author, Writer)

08 May 1924

Bielsko-Biała

Taurus

Alain FinkielkrautAlain Finkielkraut
(Philosopher, Radio personality, Writer, University teacher)

30 June 1949

Paris

Cancer

Wenceslaus III of BohemiaWenceslaus III of Bohemia
(King)

06 October 1289

04 August 1306

Prague

Libra

Avraham SternAvraham Stern
(Poet, Writer)

23 December 1907

12 February 1942

Suwałki

Capricorn

Gal MekelGal Mekel
(Basketball player)

04 March 1988

Petah Tikva

Pisces

Magdalena AbakanowiczMagdalena Abakanowicz
(Sculptor, Textile artist, Athletics competitor, University teacher)

20 June 1930

20 April 2017

Falenty

Gemini

Eugen PolanskiEugen Polanski
(Association football player)

17 March 1986

Sosnowiec

Pisces

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