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

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
(Composer)

01 March 1810

17 October 1849

Żelazowa Wola

Pisces

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus

19 February 1473

24 May 1543

Toruń

Aquarius

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
(Actor, Model, Television Personality)

23 April 1979

Warsaw, Poland

Taurus

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

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
(Writer)

21 November 1902

24 July 1991

Leoncin, Congress Poland

Scorpio

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

02 July 1923

01 February 2012

Kórnik

Cancer

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
(Poet)

30 June 1911

14 August 2004

Šeteniai

Cancer

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

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Popowo, Gmina Tłuchowo, Poland

Libra

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
(Physicist)

01 August 1924

29 September 2010

Dąbrowica, Poland

Leo

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
(Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology)

24 January 1828

25 June 1898

Wrocław, Poland

Aquarius

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

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

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
(Composer)

25 January 1913

07 February 1994

Warsaw

Aquarius

Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki
(Writer)

01 April 1901

12 September 1964

Lyakhavichy

Aries

KeralisKeralis
(YouTube Gamer)

30 April 1980

Poland

Taurus

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

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
(Economist)

05 October 1930

23 August 2016

Wrocław, Poland

Libra

Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski
(Actor, Model, Television actor)

07 June 1991

Westminster

Gemini

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
(Criminal)

04 July 1902

15 January 1983

Grodno

Cancer

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

04 June 1985

Gliwice

Gemini

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

18 December 1970

Battle Creek

Sagittarius

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
(Politician, Historian)

22 April 1957

Gdańsk

Taurus

Witold PileckiWitold Pilecki
(Officer)

13 May 1901

25 May 1948

Olonets

Taurus

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)

13 February 1947

Chicago

Aquarius

Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
(Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter)

05 December 1911

06 July 2000

Sosnowiec

Sagittarius

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
(Association football player)

10 September 1985

Tulle

Virgo

Claudia CieslaClaudia Ciesla
(Actor, Model)

12 February 1987

Wodzisław Śląski

Aquarius

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
(Writer)

21 June 1948

Łódź

Gemini

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

20 November 1924

14 October 2010

Warsaw

Scorpio

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

04 June 1867

27 January 1951

Askainen

Gemini

Wojciech JaruzelskiWojciech Jaruzelski
(Politician)

06 July 1923

25 May 2014

Kurów

Cancer

Ewa KopaczEwa Kopacz
(Politician, Physician)

03 December 1956

Skaryszew

Sagittarius

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman

Ola JordanOla Jordan
(Dancer)

30 September 1982

Nasielsk

Libra

Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
(Architect, Musician, University teacher)

12 May 1946

Łódź

Taurus

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
(Military personnel, Soldier)

18 February 1920

31 January 1945

Detroit

Aquarius

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

22 July 1878

05 August 1942

Warsaw

Cancer

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
(Boxer)

05 January 1968

Warsaw

Capricorn

Raymond KopaRaymond Kopa
(Association football player)

13 October 1931

03 March 2017

Nœux-les-Mines

Libra

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

23 November 1933

Dębica

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

Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz
(poet)

24 September 1798

26 November 1855

Zavosse, Belarus

Libra

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

12 December 1946

São Paulo

Sagittarius

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
(Accountant)

25 January 1901

22 April 1969

Kraków

Aquarius

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
(Painter)

16 May 1898

18 March 1980

Warsaw

Taurus

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

05 May 1846

15 November 1916

Wola Okrzejska

Taurus

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
(Medical Doctor)

23 January 1943

Lublin

Aquarius

Stanislaw UlamStanislaw Ulam
(Mathematician)

13 April 1909

13 May 1984

Lviv

Aries

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

05 December 1956

Zabrze

Sagittarius

Władysław SikorskiWładysław Sikorski
(Politician, Military personnel)

20 May 1881

04 July 1943

Tuszów Narodowy

Taurus

BalthusBalthus
(Painter, Artist)

29 February 1908

18 February 2001

Paris

Pisces

Alexander ImichAlexander Imich
(Chemist)

04 February 1903

08 June 2014

Częstochowa

Aquarius

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

Bremen

Capricorn

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

25 July 1964

Washington, D.C.

Leo

Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
(Rabbi, Physician)

25 August 1698

22 May 1760

Okopy, Ukraine

Virgo

Alfred TarskiAlfred Tarski
(Mathematician, Philosopher)

14 January 1901

26 October 1983

Warsaw

Capricorn

Raphael LemkinRaphael Lemkin
(Lawyer, Peace researcher)

24 June 1900

28 August 1959

Bezwodne

Cancer

Andrés SapelakAndrés Sapelak
(Priest)

13 December 1919

Second Polish Republic

Sagittarius

Jerzy KukuczkaJerzy Kukuczka
(Mountaineer)

24 March 1948

24 October 1989

Katowice

Aries

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

10 June 1977

Gdynia

Gemini

Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan
(Unemployment)

28 March 1921

22 April 2017

Hanover

Aries

Henryk GóreckiHenryk Górecki
(Composer, Educationist, Musicologist)

06 December 1933

12 November 2010

Czernica, Silesian Voivodeship

Sagittarius

Anna GermanAnna German
Antoni MacierewiczAntoni Macierewicz
(Politician, Historian, Journalist, Trade unionist)

03 August 1948

Warsaw

Leo

Gal MekelGal Mekel
(Basketball player)

04 March 1988

Petah Tikva

Pisces

Tomer HemedTomer Hemed
(Association football player)

02 May 1987

Haifa

Taurus

Albert SabinAlbert Sabin
(Physician, Virologist, University teacher)

26 August 1906

03 March 1993

Białystok

Virgo

Karl RadekKarl Radek
(Politician, University teacher, Journalist)

31 October 1885

19 May 1939

Lviv

Scorpio

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

30 September 1954

Jaworzno

Libra

Władysław AndersWładysław Anders
(Officer, Politician)

11 August 1892

12 May 1970

Błonie

Leo

Piotr TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
(Association football player)

22 March 1984

Tczew

Aries

Jan KarskiJan Karski
(jurist, writer, teacher)

24 June 1914

13 July 2000

Łódź

Cancer

Johann Gottfried GalleJohann Gottfried Galle
(Astronomer, University teacher)

09 June 1812

10 July 1910

Radis

Gemini

Zbigniew PreisnerZbigniew Preisner
(Film score composer, Composer)

20 May 1955

Bielsko-Biała

Taurus

Timothée KolodziejczakTimothée Kolodziejczak
(Association football player)

01 October 1991

Avion

Libra

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

30 June 1949

Paris

Cancer

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

Thomas BlattThomas Blatt
(Writer)

15 April 1927

31 October 2015

Izbica

Aries

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

03 October 1882

29 March 1937

Paris

Libra

WiteloWitelo

Krzyki

Bruno SchulzBruno Schulz
(Writer, Painter, Literary critic)

12 July 1892

19 November 1942

Drohobych

Cancer

Zbigniew ReligaZbigniew Religa
(Surgeon, Physician, University teacher)

16 December 1938

08 March 2009

Miedniewice, Masovian Voivodeship

Sagittarius

Henry MorgentalerHenry Morgentaler
(Physician)

19 March 1923

29 May 2013

Łódź

Pisces

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

04 February 1943

12 May 1992

Plungė

Aquarius

Ryszard SiwiecRyszard Siwiec
(Accountant)

07 March 1909

12 September 1968

Dębica

Pisces

Leonid HurwiczLeonid Hurwicz
(Mathematician, Economist)

21 August 1917

24 June 2008

Moscow

Leo

Edyta GórniakEdyta Górniak
(Singer)

14 November 1972

Ziębice

Scorpio

Henryk WieniawskiHenryk Wieniawski
(Composer, Music educator)

10 July 1835

31 March 1880

Lublin

Cancer

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