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
Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
21 August 1988
Footballer

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
03 October 1955
Actor, Director, Filmmaker

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer
Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
01 March 1810
Composer

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473
 
Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
04 July 1902
Gangster

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot
Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985
Footballer

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
08 January 1894
Friar

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Witold Pilecki Witold Pilecki
13 May 1901
Nazi-era Polish Army Officer
Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
15 February 1910
Nurse

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

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
18 January 1988
Tennis player
Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
25 January 1901
Holocaust Survivor

Tadeusz KościuszkoTadeusz Kościuszko
04 February 1746
Political Leader
Józef PiłsudskiJózef Piłsudski
05 December 1867
Statesman

Bugs MoranBugs Moran
21 August 1893
Gangster

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
22 April 1957
President of the European Council
Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
21 December 1896
Soviet Officer

Margo DydekMargo Dydek
28 April 1974
Basketball Player
Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Writer

Wojciech JaruzelskiWojciech Jaruzelski
06 July 1923
Politician

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

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Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
11 January 1907
Rabbi
Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Furious PeteFurious Pete
30 November 1985
Competitive Eater

Dagmara DominczykDagmara Dominczyk
17 July 1976
Actress

Alfred KorzybskiAlfred Korzybski
03 July 1879
Scholar who developed the field of General
Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924
Physicist
Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
24 January 1828
Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology

Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
05 October 1930
Economist

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912
 

Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein
20 July 1897
Chemist
Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
21 January 1912
Biochemist

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
31 July 1802
Geologist

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926
Endocrinologist

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland

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

RoxxsaurusRoxxsaurus
14 March 1996
YouTube Star
KeralisKeralis
30 April 1980
YouTube Gamer

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
25 January 1913
Composer

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

Peter SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel
18 November 1963
Football player
Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
07 December 1984
Racing driver

Klaus KinskiKlaus Kinski
18 October 1926
Actor

Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
28 February 1994
Polish footballer

Wojciech SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny
18 April 1990
Polish footballer

Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,
Marika DomińczykMarika Domińczyk
07 July 1980
Actress

Mariusz PudzianowskiMariusz Pudzianowski
07 February 1977
Strongman

Lech WałęsaLech Wałęsa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland

Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
05 December 1911
Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter
Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948
Writer

Anna AndersonAnna Anderson
16 December 1896
Impostor
Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
13 February 1947
Basketball player, Basketball coach

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

Ross MartinRoss Martin
22 March 1920
Actors
Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
05 January 1968
Boxer

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
10 September 1985
Association football player
Łukasz FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański
18 April 1985
Polish footballer

Arthur RubinsteinArthur Rubinstein
28 January 1887
Pianist

Olga TokarczukOlga Tokarczuk
29 January 1962
Novelist, Writer, Psychologist
Krzysztof KieślowskiKrzysztof Kieślowski
27 June 1941
Polish film director

Stanisław LemStanisław Lem
12 September 1921
Writer
Jarosław KaczyńskiJarosław Kaczyński
18 June 1949
Statesmen

Artur BorucArtur Boruc
20 February 1980
Polish footballer

Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
18 February 1920
Military personnel, Soldier

Lech KaczyńskiLech Kaczyński
18 June 1949
Former President of Poland
Janusz KamińskiJanusz Kamiński
27 June 1959
Cinematographer
Mateusz MorawieckiMateusz Morawiecki
20 June 1968
Prime Minister of Poland

Izabella MikoIzabella Miko
21 January 1981
Actress

Peter SobottaPeter Sobotta
11 January 1987
Boxer

John III SobieskiJohn III Sobieski
17 August 1629
Military leader, Politician
Sebastian JanikowskiSebastian Janikowski
02 March 1978
American footballer

Agnieszka RadwańskaAgnieszka Radwańska
06 March 1989
Polish tennis player

Agnieszka RadwańskaAgnieszka Radwańska
06 March 1989
Polish tennis player

Janusz Korwin-MikkeJanusz Korwin-Mikke
27 October 1942
Politician, Bridge player, Economist, Journalist,

Kamil GrosickiKamil Grosicki
08 June 1988
Polish footballer
Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
23 January 1943
Medical Doctor

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,
Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge
30 October 1882
Officer

Josef HofmannJosef Hofmann
20 January 1876
Pianist
Ingrid PittIngrid Pitt
21 November 1937
Actress
Marie LeszczyńskaMarie Leszczyńska
23 June 1703
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