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
07 November 1867
First woman to win a Nobel Prize
Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
21 August 1988

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
01 March 1810
Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
03 October 1955
Actor, Director, Filmmaker

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot
Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
04 July 1902

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist
Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

Dagmara DominczykDagmara Dominczyk
17 July 1976

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985
Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
15 February 1910

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
08 January 1894
Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
18 January 1988
Tennis player

Witold Pilecki Witold Pilecki
13 May 1901
Nazi-era Polish Army Officer
Bugs MoranBugs Moran
21 August 1893

Tadeusz KościuszkoTadeusz Kościuszko
04 February 1746
Political Leader

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
23 April 1979
Actor, Model, Television Personality
Józef PiłsudskiJózef Piłsudski
05 December 1867

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
21 December 1896
Soviet Officer
Margo DydekMargo Dydek
28 April 1974
Basketball Player

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
22 April 1957
President of the European Council

Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan
28 March 1921
Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
25 January 1901
Holocaust Survivor

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Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Wojciech JaruzelskiWojciech Jaruzelski
06 July 1923

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
11 January 1907

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Furious PeteFurious Pete
30 November 1985
Competitive Eater
Alfred KorzybskiAlfred Korzybski
03 July 1879
Scholar who developed the field of General

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
25 January 1913

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
24 January 1828
Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology

30 April 1980
YouTube Gamer
Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924

14 March 1996
YouTube Star

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
05 October 1930

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
31 July 1802

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
21 January 1912
Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein
20 July 1897
Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
01 September 1835
Discalced Carmelite Friar

Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki
01 April 1901

Ola KowalOla Kowal
1990 AD
Model, Blogger, Instagram Star
Thomas Nicholas KucThomas Nicholas Kuc
10 October 2002
TV Actor, Social Media Personality, and amateur

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
13 February 1947
Basketball player, Basketball coach
Peter SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel
18 November 1963
Football player

Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
05 December 1911
Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter

Klaus KinskiKlaus Kinski
18 October 1926

Mariusz PudzianowskiMariusz Pudzianowski
07 February 1977

Wojciech SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny
18 April 1990
Polish footballer
30 June 1991

Marika DomińczykMarika Domińczyk
07 July 1980

Anna AndersonAnna Anderson
16 December 1896

Lech WałęsaLech Wałęsa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland
Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
28 February 1994
Polish footballer

Łukasz FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański
18 April 1985
Polish footballer
Andrzej DudaAndrzej Duda
16 May 1972

Ross MartinRoss Martin
22 March 1920

Kazimierz PułaskiKazimierz Pułaski
06 March 1745
Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,

Janusz KamińskiJanusz Kamiński
27 June 1959
Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
07 December 1984
Racing driver

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
Krzysztof KieślowskiKrzysztof Kieślowski
27 June 1941
Polish film director

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
18 February 1920
Military personnel, Soldier
Emerson FittipaldiEmerson Fittipaldi
12 December 1946
Formula One driver, Champ Car driver

Olga TokarczukOlga Tokarczuk
29 January 1962
Novelist, Writer, Psychologist

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,

Stanisław LemStanisław Lem
12 September 1921
Sebastian JanikowskiSebastian Janikowski
02 March 1978
American footballer
Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
05 January 1968

Arthur RubinsteinArthur Rubinstein
28 January 1887

Albert SabinAlbert Sabin
26 August 1906
Medical Researcher

Mateusz MorawieckiMateusz Morawiecki
20 June 1968
Prime Minister of Poland
Izabella MikoIzabella Miko
21 January 1981

Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-HolsteinAugusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
22 October 1858

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
10 September 1985
Association football player

John III SobieskiJohn III Sobieski
17 August 1629
Military leader, Politician

Marie LeszczyńskaMarie Leszczyńska
23 June 1703
Adam DarskiAdam Darski
10 June 1977
Curator, Guitarist, Journalist, Lyricist,

Jarosław KaczyńskiJarosław Kaczyński
18 June 1949
Faustyna KowalskaFaustyna Kowalska
25 August 1905

Lech KaczyńskiLech Kaczyński
18 June 1949
Former President of Poland
Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
16 May 1898
Ingrid PittIngrid Pitt
21 November 1937