Romania may not bag headlines too often or feature in the itinerary of every tourist visiting Europe, but that does not really cloud the enticements and excitements that the country has to offer. Its diverse landscape, jaw-dropping castles, and great food aside, Romania has a wad of other baits too and incredible ones at that, remarkable enough to floor anyone wanting to explore all about it. That is right! From being home to one of the “happiest cemeteries” on Earth to being one of the largest producers of wine and from boasting of having one of the best roads in the world to being one of the richest countries in Europe, Romania is one helluva country worth exploring. But that is not all, dear readers. This less-talked about country has also raised some extraordinary men and women, most of whom have revolutionized the world. Explore all about the lives of some such famous Romanians in their biographies encapsulated below. Trail the trials and triumphs of their lives through the timelines, trivia, and lesser-known facts covered in their profiles and get inspired.
Saint PatrickSaint Patrick

0385 AD

Sebastian StanSebastian Stan

13 August 1982

Vlad the ImpalerVlad the Impaler
(Ruler of Wallachia)

1431 AD

Simona HalepSimona Halep
(Tennis Player)

27 September 1991

Elie WieselElie Wiesel

30 September 1928

Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)

21 September 1909


20 March 0043

(Singer, Songwriter)

16 October 1986

Norvina ClaudiaNorvina Claudia
(Instagram Star, You Tube Personality)

16 November 1987

Klaus IohannisKlaus Iohannis
(President of Romania)

13 June 1959

Aurelia DobreAurelia Dobre
(Olympic Athlete)

16 November 1972

Ion IliescuIon Iliescu
(Former President of Romania)

03 March 1930

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09 September 1899


08 August 1999

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
(Olympic Champion Gymnast)

12 November 1961

Jean NegulescoJean Negulesco
(American-Romanian film director)

26 February 1900

Emil ConstantinescuEmil Constantinescu
(Former President of Romania)

19 November 1939

Nicolae CeaușescuNicolae Ceaușescu
(Former President of Romania)

26 January 1918

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Alice PeneacaAlice Peneaca
(Model, Actress)

31 October 1991

George E. PaladeGeorge E. Palade
(Cell Biologist)

19 November 1912

Daniela SilivasDaniela Silivaș

09 May 1972

Constantin BrancusiConstantin Brâncuși

19 February 1876

Traian BăsescuTraian Băsescu
(Former President of Romania)

04 November 1951

Edward G. RobinsonEdward G. Robinson

12 December 1893

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Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
(Film actor, Swimmer, Actor, Water polo player, Television actor)

02 June 1904

Gheorghe HagiGheorghe Hagi
(Association football player, Association football manager)

05 February 1965

Mihai EminescuMihai Eminescu
(poet, prosaist, essayist, librarian)

20 December 1849

Alaric IAlaric I

0370 AD

Ion AntonescuIon Antonescu
(Former Prime Minister of Romania)

02 June 1882

Mircea EliadeMircea Eliade

13 March 1907

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Cato the ElderCato the Elder

0234 BC

Adrian MutuAdrian Mutu
(Association football player)

08 January 1979

Costel PantilimonCostel Pantilimon
(Association football player)

01 February 1987

Emil CioranEmil Cioran
(Philosopher, Writer, Diarist, Aphorist)

08 April 1911

Gordian IIIGordian III

20 January 0225

Alexandra StanAlexandra Stan
(Romanian singer-songwriter)

10 June 1989

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Ferdinand I of RomaniaFerdinand I of Romania

24 August 1865

Anamaria MarincaAnamaria Marinca

01 April 1978

Carol I of RomaniaCarol I of Romania

20 April 1839

Corneliu Zelea CodreanuCorneliu Zelea Codreanu
(Politician, Essayist)

13 September 1899

Stephen III of MoldaviaStephen III of Moldavia

1432 AD

Mircea LucescuMircea Lucescu
(Association football player, Association football manager)

29 July 1945

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Cristian ChivuCristian Chivu
(Association football player)

26 October 1980

Liviu DragneaLiviu Dragnea
(Engineer, Politician)

28 October 1962

Lucian ButeLucian Bute

28 February 1980

George EnescuGeorge Enescu
(Romanian composer)

19 August 1881


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Gheorghe Gheorghiu-DejGheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
(Politician, Diplomat)

08 November 1901

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Miklós NyiszliMiklós Nyiszli
(Physician, Writer)

17 June 1901

Dan PetrescuDan Petrescu
(Association football player, Association football manager)

22 December 1967

Michael the BraveMichael the Brave

1558 AD

Hermann OberthHermann Oberth
(Physicist, Engineer, Essayist, Screenwriter)

25 June 1894

Sergiu CelibidacheSergiu Celibidache
(conductor, composer, university teacher)

28 June 1912

Gheorghe PopescuGheorghe Popescu
(Association football player)

09 October 1967

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Ancus MarciusAncus Marcius

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Hildegard PeplauHildegard Peplau

01 September 1909

Cristina NeaguCristina Neagu
(Handball player)

26 August 1988

Victor PontaVictor Ponta

20 September 1972

Black AngelikaBlack Angelika
(Adult Film Star)

25 October 1987

Cosmin ContraCosmin Contra
(Association football player, Association football manager)

15 December 1975

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Alaric IIAlaric II

0450 AD

Ion Mihai PacepaIon Mihai Pacepa

28 October 1928

Ion Luca CaragialeIon Luca Caragiale
(linguist, poet, writer, journalist, playwright)

01 February 1852

Saul SteinbergSaul Steinberg
(Comics artist, Painter, Illustrator)

15 June 1914

Andrei AlexandrescuAndrei Alexandrescu
(computer scientist, engineer)

1969 AD


0082 BC

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Vera RencziVera Renczi
(serial killer)

1903 AD

Edward LuttwakEdward Luttwak
(Economist, Geopolitician, Historian, Writer)

04 November 1942

Nicolae IorgaNicolae Iorga
(politician, linguist, geopolitician, poet)

17 January 1871

Joel TeitelbaumJoel Teitelbaum
(Philosopher, Rabbi)

13 January 1887

(Military commander)
János BolyaiJános Bolyai

15 December 1802

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George Emil PaladeGeorge Emil Palade
(Physician, Cell biologist, Scientist, Inventor, University teacher)

19 November 1912

Horia SimaHoria Sima
(politician, journalist)

03 July 1903

Miodrag BelodediciMiodrag Belodedici
(Association football player)

20 May 1964