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

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
(Actor, Director, Filmmaker)

03 October 1955

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin

01 March 1810

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

18 May 1920

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus

19 February 1473

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski

21 August 1988

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
(Fighter Pilot)

02 May 1892

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
(Marxist Theorist)

05 March 1871

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky

04 July 1902

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
(President of the European Council)

22 April 1957

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

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Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
(German General)

17 June 1888

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler

15 February 1910

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
(Actor, Model, Television Personality)

23 April 1979

Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan

28 March 1921

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer

21 November 1902

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel

11 January 1907

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Furious PeteFurious Pete
(Competitive Eater)

30 November 1985

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

03 July 1879

(YouTube Star)

14 March 1996

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak

01 August 1924

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten

05 October 1930

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
(Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology)

24 January 1828

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Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally

30 November 1926

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch

21 January 1912

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein

20 July 1897

Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
(Discalced Carmelite Friar)

01 September 1835

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko

31 July 1802

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(YouTube Gamer)

30 April 1980

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun

23 March 1912

Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki

01 April 1901

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski

25 January 1913

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

10 October 2002

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

02 July 1923

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Ola KowalOla Kowal
(Model, Blogger, Instagram Star)

1990 AD

Fryderyk Franciszek ChopinFryderyk Franciszek Chopin
(Composer and Pianist)

01 March 1810

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz

30 June 1911

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)

13 February 1947

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
(Racing driver)

07 December 1984

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

04 June 1985

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
(Medical Doctor)

23 January 1943

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

18 December 1970

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
(Former National Security Advisor)

28 March 1928

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
(Association football player)

10 September 1985

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski

21 June 1948

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Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe

08 January 1894

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota

05 January 1968

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

04 June 1867

Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
(Polish footballer)

28 February 1994

Ola JordanOla Jordan

30 September 1982

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern

25 January 1901

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Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
(Military personnel, Soldier)

18 February 1920

Witold PileckiWitold Pilecki

13 May 1901

John III SobieskiJohn III Sobieski
(Military leader, Politician)

17 August 1629

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

12 December 1946

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

10 June 1977

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker

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

20 November 1924

Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
(Rabbi, Physician)

25 August 1698

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

22 July 1878

Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
(Psychologist, University teacher)

09 September 1890

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
(Soviet officer)

21 December 1896

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman

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

29 March 1912

Pola NegriPola Negri

03 January 1897

Grzegorz KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
(Polish footballer)

29 January 1990

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge

30 October 1882

Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
(Architect, Musician, University teacher)

12 May 1946

Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz

24 September 1798

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

02 September 1878

Artur BorucArtur Boruc
(Polish footballer)

20 February 1980

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka

16 May 1898