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
Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
03 October 1955
Actor, Director, Filmmaker

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
21 August 1988

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
01 March 1810

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
04 July 1902
Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot
Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Tadeusz KościuszkoTadeusz Kościuszko
04 February 1746
Political Leader
Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
15 February 1910

Bugs MoranBugs Moran
21 August 1893

Witold Pilecki Witold Pilecki
13 May 1901
Nazi-era Polish Army Officer

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
23 April 1979
Actor, Model, Television Personality
Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
25 January 1901
Holocaust Survivor

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
22 April 1957
President of the European Council
Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
08 January 1894

Józef PiłsudskiJózef Piłsudski
05 December 1867

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

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
18 January 1988
Tennis player
Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902

Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan
28 March 1921

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911
Wojciech JaruzelskiWojciech Jaruzelski
06 July 1923

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Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
11 January 1907
Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Dagmara DominczykDagmara Dominczyk
17 July 1976

Furious PeteFurious Pete
30 November 1985
Competitive Eater

Alfred KorzybskiAlfred Korzybski
03 July 1879
Scholar who developed the field of General
Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924
Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
24 January 1828
Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
05 October 1930

30 April 1980
YouTube Gamer
Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein
20 July 1897

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
21 January 1912

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
31 July 1802
Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
01 September 1835
Discalced Carmelite Friar

14 March 1996
YouTube Star
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
Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
25 January 1913

Rob Van DamRob Van Dam
18 December 1970
Actor, Professional wrestler, Television actor
Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
05 December 1911
Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
07 December 1984
Racing driver

Anna AndersonAnna Anderson
16 December 1896

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
13 February 1947
Basketball player, Basketball coach

Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,
Wojciech SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny
18 April 1990
Polish footballer

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
05 January 1968

Lech WałęsaLech Wałęsa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland
Krzysztof KieślowskiKrzysztof Kieślowski
27 June 1941
Polish film director

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
23 March 1973
Polish footballer
Emerson FittipaldiEmerson Fittipaldi
12 December 1946
Formula One driver, Champ Car driver

Olga TokarczukOlga Tokarczuk
29 January 1962
Novelist, Writer, Psychologist

Ross MartinRoss Martin
22 March 1920
Sebastian JanikowskiSebastian Janikowski
02 March 1978
American footballer

Jarosław KaczyńskiJarosław Kaczyński
18 June 1949
Former Prime Minister of Poland
Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
28 February 1994
Polish footballer

Stanisław LemStanisław Lem
12 September 1921

Lech KaczyńskiLech Kaczyński
18 June 1949
Former President of Poland
Ingrid PittIngrid Pitt
21 November 1937

Joanna KuligJoanna Kulig
24 June 1982
John III SobieskiJohn III Sobieski
17 August 1629
Military leader, Politician

Mateusz MorawieckiMateusz Morawiecki
20 June 1968
Prime Minister of Poland

Arthur RubinsteinArthur Rubinstein
28 January 1887

Janusz KamińskiJanusz Kamiński
27 June 1959
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,
Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
23 January 1943
Medical Doctor

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
18 February 1920
Military personnel, Soldier

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
10 September 1985
Association football player

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge
30 October 1882
Adam DarskiAdam Darski
10 June 1977
Curator, Guitarist, Journalist, Lyricist,

Janusz Korwin-MikkeJanusz Korwin-Mikke
27 October 1942
Politician, Bridge player, Economist, Journalist,

Marie LeszczyńskaMarie Leszczyńska
23 June 1703

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman
19 November 1925

Albert SabinAlbert Sabin
26 August 1906
Medical Researcher
Tomasz KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak
20 March 1982

Werner von BlombergWerner von Blomberg
02 September 1878
Politician, Officer, Military personnel
Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker

L. L. ZamenhofL. L. Zamenhof
15 December 1859
Linguist, Ophthalmologist, Inventor, Poet,
Łukasz FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański
18 April 1985
Polish footballer
Sigismund III VasaSigismund III Vasa
20 June 1566