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.
Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director
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)

Tommy WiseauTommy Wiseau
03 October 1955
Actor, Director, Filmmaker

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin
01 March 1810

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
21 August 1988
Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky
04 July 1902
Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
15 February 1910
Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg
05 March 1871
Marxist Theorist

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski
04 June 1985

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian
17 June 1888
German General

Witold Pilecki Witold Pilecki
13 May 1901
Nazi-era Polish Army Officer
Angelique KerberAngelique Kerber
18 January 1988
Tennis player

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Donald TuskDonald Tusk
22 April 1957
President of the European Council

Bugs MoranBugs Moran
21 August 1893
Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
08 January 1894

Joanna KrupaJoanna Krupa
23 April 1979
Actor, Model, Television Personality
Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
25 January 1901
Holocaust Survivor

Konstantin RokossovskyKonstantin Rokossovsky
21 December 1896
Soviet Officer

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

Furious PeteFurious Pete
30 November 1985
Competitive Eater
Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
11 January 1907

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Dagmara DominczykDagmara Dominczyk
17 July 1976

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Alfred KorzybskiAlfred Korzybski
03 July 1879
Scholar who developed the field of General
Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun
23 March 1912

Ferdinand CohnFerdinand Cohn
24 January 1828
Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology

14 March 1996
YouTube Star

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924
Reinhard SeltenReinhard Selten
05 October 1930
Andrzej Viktor ‘Andrew’ SchallyAndrew Schally
30 November 1926

30 April 1980
YouTube Gamer

Konrad BlochKonrad Emil Bloch
21 January 1912

Ignacy DomeykoIgnacy Domeyko
31 July 1802
Tadeusz ReichsteinTadeusz Reichstein
20 July 1897

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

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

Ola KowalOla Kowal
1990 AD
Model, Blogger, Instagram Star
Józef PiłsudskiJózef Piłsudski
05 December 1867

Tadeusz KościuszkoTadeusz Kościuszko
04 February 1746
Political Leader

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948
Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
13 February 1947
Basketball player, Basketball coach

Rob Van DamRob Van Dam
18 December 1970
Actor, Professional wrestler, Television actor
Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
05 December 1911
Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter

Bruno SchulzBruno Schulz
12 July 1892
Writer, Painter, Literary critic

Olga TokarczukOlga Tokarczuk
29 January 1962
Novelist, Writer, Psychologist

Ross MartinRoss Martin
22 March 1920

Krzysztof PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki
23 November 1933
Composer, Conductor, Educationist, Musicologist,
Robert KubicaRobert Kubica
07 December 1984
Racing driver

Anna AndersonAnna Anderson
16 December 1896

Andrew GolotaAndrew Golota
05 January 1968

Burzynski ClinicBurzynski Clinic
23 January 1943
Medical Doctor
Eddie SlovikEddie Slovik
18 February 1920
Military personnel, Soldier

Adam DarskiAdam Darski
10 June 1977
Curator, Guitarist, Journalist, Lyricist,
Marcin GortatMarcin Gortat
17 February 1984
Basketball player

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

Sebastian JanikowskiSebastian Janikowski
02 March 1978
American footballer
Arkadiusz MilikArkadiusz Milik
28 February 1994
Polish footballer

Ola JordanOla Jordan
30 September 1982
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,

Samuel ReshevskySamuel Reshevsky
26 November 1911
Chess player, Journalist

Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek
23 March 1973
Polish footballer
Mateusz MorawieckiMateusz Morawiecki
20 June 1968
Prime Minister of Poland

Emerson FittipaldiEmerson Fittipaldi
12 December 1946
Formula One driver, Champ Car driver
Laurent KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
10 September 1985
Association football player

Tamara de LempickaTamara de Lempicka
16 May 1898

Mieszko I of PolandMieszko I of Poland
0930 AD

Ingrid PittIngrid Pitt
21 November 1937
Kurt LewinKurt Lewin
09 September 1890
Psychologist, University teacher
Janusz KorczakJanusz Korczak
22 July 1878
Educationist, Pediatrician, Children's writer

Pola NegriPola Negri
03 January 1897

Zygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman
19 November 1925

Werner von BlombergWerner von Blomberg
02 September 1878
Politician, Officer, Military personnel
Günther von KlugeGünther von Kluge
30 October 1882

Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder
25 August 1744
philosopher, theologian, poet, translator

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

Artur BorucArtur Boruc
20 February 1980
Polish footballer

Sigismund III VasaSigismund III Vasa
20 June 1566
Erich von FalkenhaynErich von Falkenhayn
11 September 1861
Politician, Officer

Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
25 August 1698
Rabbi, Physician
Helena RubinsteinHelena Rubinstein
27 March 1870
Business women

Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,
Margo DydekMargo Dydek
28 April 1974
Basketball player
Grzegorz KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
29 January 1990
Polish footballer