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
Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot

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

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
21 August 1988
Footballer

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

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473
 

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
04 July 1902
Gangster

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
22 April 1957
President of the European Council
Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
18 January 1988
Tennis player
Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985
Footballer

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist
Witold Pilecki Witold Pilecki
13 May 1901
Nazi-era Polish Army Officer

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist
Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
15 February 1910
Nurse

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
23 April 1979
Actor, Model, Television Personality

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Writer
Furious PeteFurious Pete
30 November 1985
Competitive Eater

Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan
28 March 1921
Murderer
Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911
Poet

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Alfred KorzybskiAlfred Korzybski
03 July 1879
Scholar who developed the field of General

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
11 January 1907
Rabbi
RoxxsaurusRoxxsaurus
14 March 1996
YouTube Star
Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924
Physicist

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
05 October 1930
Economist

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
24 January 1828
Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology

KeralisKeralis
30 April 1980
YouTube Gamer
Lech WalesaLech Walesa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
21 January 1912
Biochemist

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein
20 July 1897
Chemist

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912
 

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Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926
Endocrinologist
Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
31 July 1802
Geologist

Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
01 September 1835
Discalced Carmelite Friar
Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki
01 April 1901
Writer

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
25 January 1913
Composer

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

Rob Van DamRob Van Dam
18 December 1970
Actor, Professional wrestler, Television actor
Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
07 December 1984
Racing driver

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948
Writer

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
10 September 1985
Association football player

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
13 February 1947
Basketball player, Basketball coach

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
23 January 1943
Medical Doctor
Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
05 December 1911
Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
08 January 1894
 

Emerson FittipaldiEmerson Fittipaldi
12 December 1946
Formula One driver, Champ Car driver

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
05 January 1968
Boxer
Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
28 February 1994
Polish footballer

John III SobieskiJohn III Sobieski
17 August 1629
Military leader, Politician
Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
18 February 1920
Military personnel, Soldier

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
04 June 1867
Statesman, Explorer, Politician, Officer

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
25 January 1901
Accountant
Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
21 December 1896
Soviet officer

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
23 March 1973
Polish footballer
Henryk SienkiewiczHenryk Sienkiewicz
05 May 1846
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist

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

Adam DarskiAdam Darski
10 June 1977
Curator, Guitarist, Journalist, Lyricist,
Mieszko I of PolandMieszko I of Poland
0930 AD
Ruler

Pola NegriPola Negri
03 January 1897
Actress
Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
29 March 1912
Aviator, Test pilot, Helicopter pilot, Military

Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
09 September 1890
Psychologist, University teacher

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman
 

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge
30 October 1882
Officer
Artur BorucArtur Boruc
20 February 1980
Polish footballer
Werner von BlombergWerner von Blomberg
02 September 1878
Politician, Officer, Military personnel

Erwin von WitzlebenErwin von Witzleben
04 December 1881
Military personnel, Officer

Sigismund III VasaSigismund III Vasa
20 June 1566
King

Janusz KorczakJanusz Korczak
22 July 1878
Educationist, Pediatrician, Children's writer
Grzegorz KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
29 January 1990
Polish footballer

Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
12 May 1946
Architect, Musician, University teacher

Daniel Gabriel FahrenheitDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
24 May 1686
Physicist, Inventor

Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz
24 September 1798
poet

Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
25 August 1698
Rabbi, Physician
Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder
25 August 1744
philosopher, theologian, poet, translator

Janusz Korwin-MikkeJanusz Korwin-Mikke
27 October 1942
Politician, Bridge player, Economist, Journalist,
MargaretMargaret
30 June 1991
singer

Wojciech JaruzelskiWojciech Jaruzelski
06 July 1923
Politician

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
16 May 1898
Painter
Erich von FalkenhaynErich von Falkenhayn
11 September 1861
Politician, Officer

Tomasz KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak
20 March 1982
Footballer
Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,

Stanislaw UlamStanislaw Ulam
13 April 1909
Mathematician

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
 

Krzysztof PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki
23 November 1933
Composer, Conductor, Educationist, Musicologist,
Andrzej WajdaAndrzej Wajda
06 March 1926
Polish film director

Raphael LemkinRaphael Lemkin
24 June 1900
Lawyer, Peace researcher
L. L. ZamenhofL. L. Zamenhof
15 December 1859
Linguist, Ophthalmologist, Inventor, Poet,

Friedrich SchleiermacherFriedrich Schleiermacher
21 November 1768
Philosopher, Theologian, Translator, University

Raymond KopaRaymond Kopa
13 October 1931
Association football player

BalthusBalthus
29 February 1908
Painter, Artist
Bohdan KhmelnytskyBohdan Khmelnytsky
1595 AD
Cossack