Find out more about the greatest Polish, including Tommy Wiseau, Robert Lewandowski, Marie Curie, Paulo Dybala and Pope John Paul II.

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

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
(Footballer)

21 August 1988

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

07 November 1867

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
(Composer)

01 March 1810

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
(Gangster)

04 July 1902

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
(Writer)

03 December 1857

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
(Marxist Theorist)

05 March 1871

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
(Actor, Model, Television Personality)

23 April 1979

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
(Nurse)

15 February 1910

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
(Writer)

21 November 1902

Furious PeteFurious Pete
(Competitive Eater)

30 November 1985

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
(Rabbi)

11 January 1907

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

03 July 1879

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
(Economist)

05 October 1930

RoxxsaurusRoxxsaurus
(YouTube Star)

14 March 1996

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
(Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology)

24 January 1828

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
(Physicist)

01 August 1924

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

10 October 2002

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein
(Chemist)

20 July 1897

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
(Endocrinologist)

30 November 1926

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
(Biochemist)

21 January 1912

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
(Geologist)

31 July 1802

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
(Discalced Carmelite Friar)

01 September 1835

KeralisKeralis
(YouTube Gamer)

30 April 1980

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun

23 March 1912

Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki
(Writer)

01 April 1901

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
(Composer)

25 January 1913

Ola KowalOla Kowal
(Model, Blogger, Instagram Star)

1990 AD

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

02 July 1923

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
(Poet)

30 June 1911

Fryderyk Franciszek ChopinFryderyk Franciszek Chopin
(Composer and Pianist)

01 March 1810

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

Emily RatajkowskiEmily Ratajkowski
(Actor, Model, Television actor)

07 June 1991

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

04 June 1985

Paul von HindenburgPaul von Hindenburg
(Politician, Officer)

02 October 1847

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

02 May 1892

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

18 December 1970

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
(Politician, Historian)

22 April 1957

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
(Association football player)

10 September 1985

Grzegorz KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
(Polish footballer)

29 January 1990

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
(Writer, Military personnel)

17 June 1888

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe

08 January 1894

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)

13 February 1947

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
(Medical Doctor)

23 January 1943

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
(Former National Security Advisor)

28 March 1928

Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
(Polish footballer)

28 February 1994

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
(Writer)

21 June 1948

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
(Racing driver)

07 December 1984

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

04 June 1867

Kamil GlikKamil Glik
(Polish footballer)

03 February 1988

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

10 June 1977

Kamil GrosickiKamil Grosicki
(Polish footballer)

08 June 1988

Witold PileckiWitold Pilecki
(Officer)

13 May 1901

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

12 December 1946

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
(Accountant)

25 January 1901

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
(Military personnel, Soldier)

18 February 1920

Zbigniew BoniekZbigniew Boniek
(Footballer)

03 March 1956

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

20 November 1924

Tomer HemedTomer Hemed
(Association football player)

02 May 1987

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
(Soviet officer)

21 December 1896

Artur BorucArtur Boruc
(Polish footballer)

20 February 1980

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
(Polish footballer)

23 March 1973

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
(Painter)

16 May 1898

Grzegorz LatoGrzegorz Lato
(Footballer)

08 April 1950

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

29 March 1912

Raymond KopaRaymond Kopa
(Association football player)

13 October 1931

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge
(Officer)

30 October 1882

Stepan BanderaStepan Bandera
(Political leader)

01 January 1909

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
(Boxer)

05 January 1968

Sigismund III VasaSigismund III Vasa
(King)

20 June 1566

Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
(Psychologist, University teacher)

09 September 1890