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

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
(Actor, Director, Filmmaker)

03 October 1955

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
(President of the European Council)

22 April 1957

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

18 May 1920

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin

01 March 1810

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski

21 August 1988

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus

19 February 1473

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
(Tennis player)

18 January 1988

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
(Marxist Theorist)

05 March 1871

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky

04 July 1902

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
(Fighter Pilot)

02 May 1892

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Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad

03 December 1857

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski

04 June 1985

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler

15 February 1910

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
(German General)

17 June 1888

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
(Former Diplomat, Political Scientist)

28 March 1928

Witold Pilecki Witold Pilecki
(Nazi-era Polish Army Officer)

13 May 1901

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Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
(Actor, Model, Television Personality)

23 April 1979

Furious PeteFurious Pete
(Competitive Eater)

30 November 1985

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer

21 November 1902

Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan

28 March 1921

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel

11 January 1907

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

03 July 1879

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(YouTube Star)

14 March 1996

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak

01 August 1924

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
(Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology)

24 January 1828

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten

05 October 1930

(YouTube Gamer)

30 April 1980

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally

30 November 1926

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Lech WalesaLech Walesa
(Former President of Poland)

29 September 1943

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch

21 January 1912

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein

20 July 1897

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko

31 July 1802

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun

23 March 1912

Raphael KalinowskiRaphael Kalinowski
(Discalced Carmelite Friar)

01 September 1835

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Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki

01 April 1901

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski

25 January 1913

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

10 October 2002

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

02 July 1923

Ola KowalOla Kowal
(Model, Blogger, Instagram Star)

1990 AD

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz

30 June 1911

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Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)

13 February 1947

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
(Medical Doctor)

23 January 1943

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

18 December 1970

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
(Racing driver)

07 December 1984

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe

08 January 1894

Ola JordanOla Jordan

30 September 1982

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Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
(Association football player)

10 September 1985

Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
(Polish footballer)

28 February 1994

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern

25 January 1901

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

04 June 1867

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota

05 January 1968

John III SobieskiJohn III Sobieski
(Military leader, Politician)

17 August 1629

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Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
(Military personnel, Soldier)

18 February 1920

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski

21 June 1948

Artur BorucArtur Boruc
(Polish footballer)

20 February 1980

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

30 June 1949

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

10 June 1977

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

20 November 1924

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Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
(Rabbi, Physician)

25 August 1698

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

12 December 1946

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
(Soviet officer)

21 December 1896

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
(Polish footballer)

23 March 1973

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

29 March 1912

Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
(Psychologist, University teacher)

09 September 1890

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

22 July 1878

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge

30 October 1882

Pola NegriPola Negri

03 January 1897

Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
(Architect, Musician, University teacher)

12 May 1946

Werner von BlombergWerner von Blomberg
(Politician, Officer, Military personnel)

02 September 1878

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Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz

24 September 1798

Sigismund III VasaSigismund III Vasa

20 June 1566

Daniel Gabriel FahrenheitDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
(Physicist, Inventor)

24 May 1686