Famous Polish Educators

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Janusz Korczak
(Former educator, children's author, pedagogue)

Janusz Korczak
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Birthdate: July 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 7, 1942

A reputed Polish doctor, Henryk Goldszmit was better known by his pseudonym, Janusz Korczak, which he used to write several children’s books. Apart from working as a pediatrician and a military doctor, he also owned a Jewish orphanage and stayed with the children while the Germans deported him and other staff to Treblinka.

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Andrzej Duda
(Politician)

Andrzej Duda
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Birthdate: May 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kraków, Polish People's Republic Poland

Andrzej Duda is a Polish politician, lawyer, and the current President of Poland. Duda has been in the forefront of the ongoing Polish constitutional crisis where his government has been blamed for its inability to adhere to the Polish and European constitutional law. Despite the crisis, Andrzej Duda was awarded Poland's highest honor, Order of the White Eagle. 

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Agata Kornhauser-Duda
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Birthdate: April 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland

Agata Kornhauser-Duda is a Polish former teacher who taught German at the prestigious Jan III Sobieski High School in Kraków. On 6 August 2015, Kornhauser became Poland's first lady when her husband Andrzej Duda was elected as the president of the country. Agata Kornhauser-Duda played an important role during the presidential campaign by appearing in party broadcasts. 

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Gabriel Narutowicz
(First President of Poland)

Gabriel Narutowicz
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Birthdate: March 29, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Telšiai, Lithuania
Died: December 16, 1922

Polish professor of hydroelectric engineering and statesman Gabriel Narutowicz served as first President of Poland after the country regained sovereignty from partitioning powers. A pioneer of electrification, Narutowicz served as the Minister of Public Works and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs before becoming the first president of the Second Polish Republic. He was assassinated five days after assuming office as the head of state.

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Solomon Asch
(Psychologist)

Solomon Asch
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Birthdate: September 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: February 20, 1996

Polish-American Gestalt psychologist Solomon Asch, a pioneer in social psychology, is known for his seminal work in social psychology, including social influence, impression formation, conformity and prestige suggestion. He is noted for the Asch conformity experiments or the Asch paradigm, a series of studies in which he demonstrated the influence of group pressure on opinions.  

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Wanda Landowska
(Harpsichordist)

Wanda Landowska
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Birthdate: July 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 16, 1959

Wanda Landowska was a Polish pianist and harpsichordist who is credited with reinvigorating the popularity of the harpsichord through her performances, writings, teaching, and recordings in the early 20th century. In 1933, Wanda Landowska became the first person to record Goldberg Variations, which were originally composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for keyboard, on the harpsichord.

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Moses Isserles
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Birthdate: February 22, 1530
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: May 11, 1572

Moses Isserles was a Polish Ashkenazic rabbi, scholar, and talmudist. He is best remembered for his immense contribution to Halakha, the collective body of Jewish religious laws. Moses Isserles is also remembered for his inline commentary on several religious texts that are considered important by the Jewish community. 

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Heinrich Schenker
(Music theorist)

Heinrich Schenker
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Birthdate: June 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wisniowczyki, Poland
Died: January 14, 1935

Heinrich Schenker was an influential music theorist whose works have had a significant impact on subsequent musical analysis. Based on his theories, a method of analyzing tonal music was developed; the method is now called Schenkerian analysis. Heinrich Schenker's approach was explained in a three volume series titled New Musical Theories and Phantasies.

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Rudolf Jaenisch
(Professor)

Rudolf Jaenisch
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Birthdate: April 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Międzygórze, Poland

Rudolf Jaenisch is a German Professor of Biology currently working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is also one of the founding members of the prestigious Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, which aims at improving human health through biomedical research. A pioneer of transgenic science, Jaenisch has been creating genetically engineered mice to study neurological diseases and cancer.

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Jacek Malczewski
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Birthdate: July 15, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Radom, Poland
Died: October 8, 1929

Renowned Polish symbolist artist Jacek Malczewski was a significant part of the Young Poland movement. His subjects ranged from history and mythology to folklore, death, and nature. The Death of Ellenai remains one of his most outstanding works. He was also the father of artist Rafał Malczewski.

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Marie Rambert
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Birthdate: February 20, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: June 12, 1982

Best known for her pioneering contribution to contemporary ballet, Polish-born dancer Marie Rambert was the founder of one of England’s oldest ballet groups, the Rambert Dance Company. Apart from being a fine ballerina, she was also a great ballet teacher and was awarded with the Order of the British Empire.

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Shlomo Goren
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Birthdate: February 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zambrow, Poland
Died: October 29, 1994

Polish-born Israeli rabbi Shlomo Goren was the first to head the military rabbinate of the IDF. He was 12 when he joined the yeshiva and had published his first religious writing by 17. After retiring from the army, he became Israel’s chief Ashkenazic rabbi. His Ha-Yerushalmi ha-Meforash won him the Israel Prize.

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Michał Heller
(Professor)

Michał Heller
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Birthdate: March 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tarnow, Poland

Apart from being a Catholic priest, Michał Heller is also a mathematical cosmologist and a professor. The Templeton Prize-winner was born in Poland, but he later fled with his family to the USSR, to escape the Nazis, and lived in Siberian labor camps. His current research deals with general relativity.

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Johann Gustav Droysen
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Birthdate: July 6, 1808
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trzebiatów, Poland
Died: June 19, 1884

Johann Gustav Droysen was a German historian. His work pertaining to Alexander the Great was the first work that represented a new school of German thought that introduced the great man theory. Johann Gustav Droysen's book, History of Alexander the Great, remained the best work on the king of Macedonia for a long time.

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Hanna Suchocka
(Politician)

Hanna Suchocka
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Birthdate: April 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pleszew, Poland

Hanna Suchocka is a Polish lawyer, political figure, and professor of constitutional law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Hanna Suchocka served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 1992 to 1993, becoming the first Polish woman to hold this post and only the 14th woman to serve as a nation's prime minister.

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Bronisław Geremek
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Birthdate: March 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: July 13, 2008

After losing his father at Auschwitz, Polish Jewish historian and politician Bronisław Geremek fled the Nazi terror, with his mother, and grew up according to Catholic traditions, with his adoptive father. He chaired the Freedom Union and served as the Polish foreign affairs minister, overseeing Poland’s entry into the NATO.

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Stanisław Staszic
(Philosopher)

Stanisław Staszic
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Birthdate: November 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pila, Poland
Died: January 20, 1826

Stanisław Staszic was a Polish philosopher who played a leading role in the Polish Enlightenment. He was also a Catholic priest, geologist, writer, and translator. He supported many reforms in Poland and was the co-founder of the Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning. He later served as the minister of trade and industry in Congress Poland. 

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Richard Boleslavsky
(Theatre director)

Richard Boleslavsky
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Birthdate: February 4, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Płock County, Poland
Died: January 17, 1937

Richard Boleslavsky was a Polish film and theatre actor, director, and teacher of acting. In 1922, Richard started teaching a new system of acting in New York City, which came to be known as Method acting in the USA. Richard Boleslavsky is also credited with founding the American Laboratory Theatre. Among his pupils were Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg.

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Eduard Adolf Strasburger
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Birthdate: February 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: May 19, 1912

Best remembered for discovering mitosis, or cell division, in plants, Polish-German botanist Eduard Adolf Strasburger also worked on the research already begun by German botanist Wilhelm Hofmeister. He taught at the universities of Warsaw and Jena and also won the Linnean Medal and the Darwin-Wallace Medal.

Jan Niecisław Baudouin de Courtenay
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Birthdate: March 13, 1845
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Radzymin, Poland
Died: November 3, 1929

Polish linguist Jan Niecisław Baudouin de Courtenay is best remembered for laying down the theory of the phoneme. His Essay on a Theory of Phonetic Alternation has contributed immensely to modern linguistic science. He spent his entire life teaching at reputed universities, such as St. Petersburg and Warsaw.

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Ignacy Domeyko
(Geologist)

Ignacy Domeyko
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Birthdate: July 31, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nesvizh
Died: January 23, 1889

Ignacy Domeyko was a Polish geologist, educator, and mineralogist. He is credited with founding one of Chile's oldest public universities, the University of Santiago, Chile (Usach). After the Polish–Russian War 1830–31, he settled in Chile where he made significant contributions to the study of Chile's geology, geography, and mineralogy. Ignacy Domeyko’s observations helped shape Chile's labor movement.

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Kasimir Fajans
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Birthdate: May 27, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Congress Poland
Died: May 18, 1975

Kasimir Fajans was a physical chemist of Polish-Jewish origin. He was a pioneer in the science of radioactivity. He is credited with the discovery of the chemical element protactinium. He began his career working under physicist Ernest Rutherford. He later researched radioactivity and nuclear reactions. He became the head of the Institute of Physical Chemistry in 1932.  

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Ludwig Gumplowicz
(Sociologist)

Ludwig Gumplowicz
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Birthdate: March 9, 1838
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: August 19, 1909

One of the greatest Polish sociologists, Ludwig Gumplowicz was a pioneering figure of sociology in German-speaking nations. While he initially had a stint as a journalist, he later taught public law at the University of Graz. He is remembered for his belief in conflict as a major social force.

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Joachim Lelewel
(Historian)

Joachim Lelewel
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Birthdate: March 22, 1786
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: May 29, 1861

Joachim Lelewel was a Polish historian, bibliographer, geographer, politician, and polyglot. He is credited with co-founding the Democratic Society for Unity and Brotherhood of All Peoples along with Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx in 1847. Joachim Lelewel is also credited with strongly influencing the Russian revolutionary anarchist Mikhail Bakunin.

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Eleazar Sukenik
(Archaeologist)

Eleazar Sukenik
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Birthdate: August 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bialystok, Poland
Died: February 28, 1953

Born in Belostok, Russian Empire (now in Poland), Eleazar Sukenik later moved to Palestine and worked as a tour guide. After studying in Berlin and Philadelphia, the archaeologist began teaching. He later gained recognition for his research on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish art.

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Stanisław Konarski
(Pedagogue, educational reformer, political writer, poet, dramatist, Piarist priest,precursor)

Stanisław Konarski
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Birthdate: September 30, 1700
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Żarczyce Duże
Died: August 3, 1773

A Polish priest, Stanisław Konarski later came to be known as an important educational reformer. He taught rhetoric, wrote on Polish law, and later established the first public-reference library in mainland Europe and the elite school Collegium Nobilium. He also penned a 4-part volume on the Polish parliamentary system.

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Marcella Sembrich
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Birthdate: February 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wisniewczyk, in Austrian Galicia
Died: January 11, 1935

Marcella Sembrich was a Polish singer remembered for her charm, precise intonation, vocal fluidity, portamento, and impressive range of two-and-a-half octaves. Sembrich, whose voice was described as flute-like, had an illustrious singing career at London's Royal Opera House and the New York Metropolitan Opera. Off stage, Marcella Sembrich was a philanthropist and dedicated teacher.

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Karl Otfried Müller
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Birthdate: August 28, 1797
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brzeg, Poland
Died: August 1, 1840

One of the pioneers of Hellenic studies, German scholar Karl Otfried Müller began his academic career at the University of Göttingen. While he initially taught art history and archaeology, he later explored Greek art and myths and their relationship with culture and history. He died of a fever during an expedition in Greece.

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Jacob Talmon
(Professor)

Jacob Talmon
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Birthdate: June 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rypin, Poland
Died: June 16, 1980

Jacob Talmon was a Polish Professor of Modern History who worked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Talmon, who studied carefully the genealogy of totalitarianism, is credited with coining the terms Messianic democracy and totalitarian democracy. For his immense contribution to social science, Jacob Talmon was honored with the prestigious Israel Prize in 1957.

Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski
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Birthdate: September 20, 1503
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wołborz, Poland
Died: 1572 AD

Polish Renaissance scholar and author Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski was one of the finest 16th-century Polish writers in Latin. Best known for his works such as Commentary on Reforming the Republic in Five Books, he advocated for empowering burghers and called for a religious reformation, thus angering both the church and the gentry.

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Vernon Ingram
(Professor)

Vernon Ingram
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Birthdate: May 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: August 17, 2006

Vernon Ingram was a German-American professor who taught biology at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1956, Ingram worked alongside Antony O. W. Stretton and John A. Hunt and made significant discoveries in the field of biology. In 1967, Vernon Ingram was honored by the American Society of Human Genetics with the William Allan Award for his work.

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Johann Daniel Titius
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Birthdate: January 2, 1729
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chojnice, Poland
Died: December 16, 1796

Johann Daniel Titius, best known for proposing the Titius–Bode law, was a pioneer in measuring distances between the Sun and celestial bodies and planets. There is a crater on the Moon that is named after him. His areas of research also included thermometry and biology.

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Jerzy Kuryłowicz
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Birthdate: August 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Died: January 28, 1978

Renowned Polish linguist Jerzy Kuryłowicz made a huge contribution to Indo-European phonology. Initially a professor at Lwów University, he later also taught in Wrocław and Kraków. Apophony in Indo-European remains one of his best-known works. He is also remembered for his Six Laws of Analogy.

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Harry Broudy
(Educator)

Harry Broudy
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Birthdate: July 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Filipów, Poland
Died: June 24, 1998

Harry Broudy was a Polish-born American educator and professor of the philosophy of education. During his illustrious career, Harry Broudy taught at prestigious institutions like the North Adams State Teachers College, Framingham State Teachers College, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, making significant contributions. 

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Richard August Reitzenstein
(Classical philologist)

Richard August Reitzenstein
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Birthdate: April 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: March 23, 1931

Richard August Reitzenstein was a German scholar of Gnosticism, hermetism and Ancient Greek religion. Along with Wilhelm Bousset, Reitzenstein is regarded as one of the most influential figures of the history of religions school. Richard August Reitzenstein was also a classical philologist and his 1904 work on Poimandres was a pioneer scholarly study of the treatise.

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Tadeusz Brzozowski
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Birthdate: October 21, 1749
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malbork, Poland
Died: February 5, 1820

Polish scholar, teacher, administrator and Jesuit priest Tadeusz Brzozowski was the first world-wide general of the restored Society of Jesus. When Pope Pius VII restored the Society of Jesus across the globe, he elected Brzozowski as the twentieth Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Brzozowski translated Claude-Adrien Nonnotte’s work Dictionnaire philosophique de la religion into Polish.

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Vera Maslovskaya
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Birthdate: March 24, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Supraśl, Poland
Died: January 23, 1981

Vera Maslovskaya was a Belarusian poet, teacher, and nationalist. Working for an independent Belarus during the interwar period, Maslovskaya established some of the first schools that imparted education in the Belarusian language. Also a socialist, Vera Maslovskaya is often counted among the originators of the Belarusian women's movement.

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Max Habicht
(Educator)

Max Habicht
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Birthdate: March 8, 1775
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: May 25, 1839

Max Habicht was a Polish educator best remembered for teaching Arabic in Paris; he studied Arabic for 10 years under Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy. Max Habicht is also remembered for his recension of the popular work, One Thousand and One Nights.