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

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
21 August 1988

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
03 October 1955
Actor, Director, Filmmaker

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
01 March 1810

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player
Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
22 April 1957
President of the European Council

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
04 July 1902

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

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
18 January 1988
Tennis player

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General
Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
15 February 1910

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist
Witold Pilecki Witold Pilecki
13 May 1901
Nazi-era Polish Army Officer

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

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Herschel GrynszpanHerschel Grynszpan
28 March 1921

Furious PeteFurious Pete
30 November 1985
Competitive Eater
Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
11 January 1907

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

14 March 1996
YouTube Star

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924
Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
24 January 1828
Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology
Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
05 October 1930

30 April 1980
YouTube Gamer

Lech WalesaLech Walesa
29 September 1943
Former President of Poland

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

Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
31 July 1802

Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912

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

Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
25 January 1913
Thomas Nicholas KucThomas Nicholas Kuc
10 October 2002
TV Actor, Social Media Personality, and amateur

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Ola KowalOla Kowal
1990 AD
Model, Blogger, Instagram Star
Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
13 February 1947
Basketball player, Basketball coach
Rob Van DamRob Van Dam
18 December 1970
Actor, Professional wrestler, Television actor

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
07 December 1984
Racing driver

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
08 January 1894

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
23 January 1943
Medical Doctor

Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
10 September 1985
Association football player
Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
28 February 1994
Polish footballer

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

John III SobieskiJohn III Sobieski
17 August 1629
Military leader, Politician

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
25 January 1901
Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
04 June 1867
Statesman, Explorer, Politician, Officer

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948
Ola JordanOla Jordan
30 September 1982

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
05 January 1968

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
23 March 1973
Polish footballer
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
21 December 1896
Soviet officer
Adam DarskiAdam Darski
10 June 1977
Curator, Guitarist, Journalist, Lyricist,

Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
09 September 1890
Psychologist, University teacher

Mieszko I of PolandMieszko I of Poland
0930 AD
Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
18 February 1920
Military personnel, Soldier

Artur BorucArtur Boruc
20 February 1980
Polish footballer
Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman

Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
29 March 1912
Aviator, Test pilot, Helicopter pilot, Military

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

Janusz KorczakJanusz Korczak
22 July 1878
Educationist, Pediatrician, Children's writer
Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
16 May 1898
Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder
25 August 1744
philosopher, theologian, poet, translator

Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge
30 October 1882

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

Sigismund III VasaSigismund III Vasa
20 June 1566
Werner von BlombergWerner von Blomberg
02 September 1878
Politician, Officer, Military personnel

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

Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
25 August 1698
Rabbi, Physician

Grzegorz KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
29 January 1990
Polish footballer

Henryk SienkiewiczHenryk Sienkiewicz
05 May 1846
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist
Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz
24 September 1798

30 June 1991
Pola NegriPola Negri
03 January 1897

Daniel Gabriel FahrenheitDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
24 May 1686
Physicist, Inventor

Wojciech JaruzelskiWojciech Jaruzelski
06 July 1923
Krzysztof PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki
23 November 1933
Composer, Conductor, Educationist, Musicologist,

Erich von FalkenhaynErich von Falkenhayn
11 September 1861
Politician, Officer
Tomasz KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak
20 March 1982

Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,

Stanislaw UlamStanislaw Ulam
13 April 1909

Emanuel LaskerEmanuel Lasker
Raphael LemkinRaphael Lemkin
24 June 1900
Lawyer, Peace researcher

Friedrich SchleiermacherFriedrich Schleiermacher
21 November 1768
Philosopher, Theologian, Translator, University
29 February 1908
Painter, Artist

Henryk GóreckiHenryk Górecki
06 December 1933
Composer, Educationist, Musicologist

Andrzej WajdaAndrzej Wajda
06 March 1926
Polish film director

L. L. ZamenhofL. L. Zamenhof
15 December 1859
Linguist, Ophthalmologist, Inventor, Poet,
Bohdan KhmelnytskyBohdan Khmelnytsky
1595 AD