Find out more about the greatest Poles, 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.
Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
(Actor, Director, Filmmaker)

03 October 1955

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski

21 August 1988

Marie CurieMarie Curie
(First woman to win a Nobel Prize)

07 November 1867

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

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

18 May 1920

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus

19 February 1473

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin

01 March 1810

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky

04 July 1902

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
(Marxist Theorist)

05 March 1871

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler

15 February 1910

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
(Actor, Model, Television Personality)

23 April 1979

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer

21 November 1902

Furious PeteFurious Pete
(Competitive Eater)

30 November 1985

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel

11 January 1907

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

03 July 1879

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten

05 October 1930

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
(Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology)

24 January 1828

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak

01 August 1924

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally

30 November 1926

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein

20 July 1897

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch

21 January 1912

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko

31 July 1802

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun

23 March 1912

Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
(Discalced Carmelite Friar)

01 September 1835

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

10 October 2002

Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki

01 April 1901

(YouTube Star)

14 March 1996

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski

25 January 1913

(YouTube Gamer)

30 April 1980

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

02 July 1923

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz

30 June 1911

Ola KowalOla Kowal
(Model, Blogger, Instagram Star)

1990 AD

Fryderyk Franciszek ChopinFryderyk Franciszek Chopin
(Composer and Pianist)

01 March 1810

Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski
(Actor, Model, Television actor)

07 June 1991

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka

16 May 1898

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

04 June 1985

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

02 May 1892

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
(Politician, Officer)

02 October 1847

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

18 December 1970

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)

13 February 1947

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
(Writer, Military personnel)

17 June 1888

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
(Association football player)

10 September 1985

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
(Politician, Historian)

22 April 1957

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
(Former National Security Advisor)

28 March 1928

Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
(Polish footballer)

28 February 1994

Grzegorz KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
(Polish footballer)

29 January 1990

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe

08 January 1894

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
(Racing driver)

07 December 1984

Witold PileckiWitold Pilecki

13 May 1901

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

12 December 1946

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski

21 June 1948

Olga TokarczukOlga Tokarczuk
(Novelist, Writer, Psychologist)

29 January 1962

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
(Polish footballer)

23 March 1973

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

04 June 1867

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern

25 January 1901

Kamil GlikKamil Glik
(Polish footballer)

03 February 1988

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

22 July 1878

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

10 June 1977

Kamil GrosickiKamil Grosicki
(Polish footballer)

08 June 1988

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

20 November 1924

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
(Military personnel, Soldier)

18 February 1920

Ola JordanOla Jordan

30 September 1982

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
(Soviet officer)

21 December 1896

Zbigniew BoniekZbigniew Boniek

03 March 1956

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

29 March 1912

Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
(Psychologist, University teacher)

09 September 1890

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
(Medical Doctor)

23 January 1943

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota

05 January 1968

Richard PipesRichard Pipes
(Historian, Writer, University teacher)

11 July 1923

Artur BorucArtur Boruc
(Polish footballer)

20 February 1980

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman

Stepan BanderaStepan Bandera
(Political leader)

01 January 1909