Vilnius University

Discover the notable alumni of Vilnius University. The list includes people like Ignacy Domeyko, Jonas Kubilius, Czesław Miłosz, Abba Kovner & Artūras Zuokas. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, writers, scientists, media personalities and miscellaneous etc.
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Witold Pilecki
(Polish World War II Cavalry Officer, Intelligence Agent and Resistance Leader)
Witold Pilecki
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Olonets, Russia
Died: May 25, 1948

Known as prisoner number 4859 at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Witold Pilecki voluntarily got himself arrested to be sent to the camp, so that he could start an anti-Nazi resistance movement. He set up the underground campaign ZOW and was eventually able to escape. Nevertheless, he was executed by communists.

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Adam Mickiewicz
(Best Known as One of Poland's 'Three Bards' & A Primary Figure in European Romanticism)
Adam Mickiewicz
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 24, 1798
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zavosse, Belarus
Died: November 26, 1855

Adam Mickiewicz was a Polish poet, dramatist, essayist, and political activist. He was a major figure in Polish Romanticism and considered one of Poland's "Three Bards." He has long been regarded as Poland's national poet and is often compared to Byron and Goethe. The vast majority of his work is available only in Polish and has been reprinted numerous times. 

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Czesław Miłosz
(One of the Great Poets of the 20th Century)
Czesław Miłosz
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Šeteniai, Lithuania
Died: August 14, 2004

Nobel Prize-winning Polish-American poet Czesław Miłosz, known for the iconic Poem of Frozen Time, had made a lucky escape during the German invasion of Poland but had gone back using fake documents to be with his wife, Janina. He later became a Polish diplomat and also taught in the US.

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Adam Jerzy Czartoryski
(Statesman)
Adam Jerzy Czartoryski
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 14, 1770
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: July 15, 1861
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Abba Kovner
(Writer, Poet)
Abba Kovner
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sevastopol
Died: September 25, 1987

Israeli poet and partisan leader Abba Kovner was the first person to publicly state in his manifesto that Adolf Hitler was planning to persecute the Jews of Europe. His campaign against the Germans made him join the Israeli army. His life and times have been elaborated in The Fall of a Sparrow.

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Aušrinė Armonaitė
(Lithuanian Politician and Minister for Economy and Innovation)
Aušrinė Armonaitė
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Aušrinė Armonaitė is a Lithuanian politician and the current Minister for Economy and Innovation. Since 2019, she has been serving as the chairperson of the popular Freedom Party. Aušrinė Armonaitė previously served as a member of the conservative-liberal political party, Liberal Movement.

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Airinė Palšytė
(Lithuanian High Jumper)
Airinė Palšytė
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Marijonas Mikutavičius
(Lithuanian Musician, Talk Show Host, TV Journalist, & Comedian)
Marijonas Mikutavičius
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lazdijai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

Marijonas Mikutavičius is a Lithuanian musician, singer, songwriter, TV journalist, talk show host, and comedian. Best known for his song Trys Milijonai, Marijonas Mikutavičius is a popular singer who represented Lithuania in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest as part of LT United. 

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Ingrida Šimonytė
(The Prime Minister of Lithuania)
Ingrida Šimonytė
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Ingrida Šimonytė is a Lithuanian economist and politician. She is the current Prime Minister of Lithuania. An influential politician, Šimonytė also served as the Minister of Finance from 7 July 2009 to 13 December 2012. In 2019 and 2020, Ingrida Šimonytė was named Delfi Women of the Year.

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Jan Karol Chodkiewicz
(Polish Army Commander Known for His Massive Victories Against the Turks and Swedes)
Jan Karol Chodkiewicz
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1561 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: September 24, 1621

Polish military commander Jan Karol Chodkiewicz is remembered for his exploits against the Swedes and the Turks. He once demolished a Swedish army 4 times larger than his own. He died in the battle of Khotyn, or Chocim, after successfully defending it against the Turks, fighting a huge army.

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Ignacy Domeyko
(Geologist)
Ignacy Domeyko
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Artūras Zuokas
(Mayor of Vilnius (2011 - 2015))
Artūras Zuokas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas

Starting his career as a journalist, Artūras Zuokas later stepped into the scene of Lithuanian politics. He chairs the Lithuanian Freedom Union and has served as the mayor of Vilnius. He has also previously been associated with businesses related to real estate, retail, and electronic sales.

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Kazimira Prunskienė
(1st Prime Minister of Lithuania (1990 - 1991))
Kazimira Prunskienė
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vasiuliškė, Lithuania

Kazimira Prunskienė scripted history when she became Lithuania’s first prime minister after the country’s independence from the USSR. Associated with the Communist Party, the Popular Peasants Union, and the People's Party, she has also taught economics and penned several books. She is known for her focus on women’s participation in politics.

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Simanas Daukantas
(Historian)
Simanas Daukantas
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Birthdate: October 28, 1793
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kalviai, Lithuania
Died: December 6, 1864
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Neringa Venckienė
(Member of the 11th Seimas of Lithuania (2012 - 2014))
Neringa Venckienė
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

Former Lithuanian judge Neringa Venckienė was part of the 11th Seimas of Lithuania. The Way of Courage party leader was in the middle of a huge controversy regarding the custody of her brother’s daughter, who was apparently molested in a case that led to the murders of several people.

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Piotr Skarga
(Polish Hagiographer and Writer)
Piotr Skarga
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 2, 1536
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grojec, Poland
Died: September 27, 1612

Piotr Skarga was a Polish Jesuit, hagiographer, polemicist, and preacher. He played a major role in Poland's Counter-Reformation of Catholic Church in response to the spread of Protestantism in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Also a prolific writer, Piotr Skarga's work The Lives of the Saints was counted among the most popular Polish language books for several centuries.

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Joachim Lelewel
(Polish 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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Johann Peter Frank
(Physician)
Johann Peter Frank
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 19, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rodalben, Germany
Died: April 24, 1821

German physician Johann Peter Frank is remembered for his pathbreaking ideas on public health. Though he initially studied theology, he later switched to medicine. He had been a court physician, a councillor, and a professor. He was one of the first to suggest international monitoring of health issues.

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Tomas Venclova
(Poet, Philologist)
Tomas Venclova
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Birthdate: September 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuania
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Arūnas Valinskas
(Lithuanian Member of the Seimas (2008 - 2012))
Arūnas Valinskas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lazdijai

Lithuanian television-personality and politician Arūnas Valinskas created famous television shows and reality-competition shows and has hosted several shows and concerts. As a politician, he founded National Resurrection Party in 2008 which later merged to Liberal and Centre Union in 2011. He was elected to Seimas in 2008 and served as Speaker of the Seimas from November 2008 to September 2009.

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Artūras Paulauskas
(Lithuanian Politician who Served as the Acting President of Lithuania in 2004)
Artūras Paulauskas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vilnius

Artūras Paulauskas is a Lithuanian politician best known for his service as the Acting President of Lithuania in 2004. A popular politician, Paulauskas also served as the Minister of Environment from January 2008 to December 2008.

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Aušra Maldeikienė
(Lithuanian Politician & Member of the European Parliament)
Aušra Maldeikienė
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Birthdate: June 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palanga, Lithuania

Aušra Maldeikienė is a Lithuanian politician, political economist, teacher, lecturer, publicist, and author. Having served as the Vilnius City Councilor and Member of the Seimas between 2015 and 2019, Maldeikienė was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019.

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Juozas Budraitis
(Lithuanian Actor Best Known for His Performance in the Soviet Drama Film 'Wounded Game')
Juozas Budraitis
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Birthdate: October 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liepynai, Lithuania

Juozas Budraitis is a Lithuanian actor best known for his performance in the 1977 Soviet drama film Wounded Game, which was screened at the 30th Cannes Film Festival. Juozas Budraitis achieved international fame, when he appeared in the finale of the popular American period drama TV miniseries, The Queen's Gambit.

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Irena Degutienė
(The First Woman to Served as Speaker of Seimas)
Irena Degutienė
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania

Irena Degutienė, member of Homeland Union, served as Minister for Social Security and Labour, twice as acting Prime Minister of Lithuania and as First Deputy Speaker of the Seimas. She then became the first woman to hold-office as Speaker of the Seimas. Thereafter she served as Deputy Speaker of the Seimas. She is implicated in the MG Baltic bribery scandal.

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Jonas Kubilius
(Mathematician)
Jonas Kubilius
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jurbarkas District Municipality
Died: October 31, 2011
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Jerzy Putrament
(Polish Poet, Novelist, Journalist, and Politician)
Jerzy Putrament
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Birthdate: November 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: June 23, 1986

Polish author and editor Jerzy Putrament initially worked as a journalist and was later arrested for his communist activities. Best known for his political and war novels such as At the Crossroads and Bołdyn, he also served as the Polish ambassador to Switzerland and France, and as a member of the parliament.

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Tadeusz Brzozowski
(Polish Priest)
Tadeusz Brzozowski
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Arūnas Matelis
(Lithuanian Documentary Filmmaker)
Arūnas Matelis
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Birthdate: April 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

Arūnas Matelis is a Lithuanian documentary filmmaker and one of the most important members of the European Film Academy. He is credited with founding Nominum, one of Lithuania's first independent film production companies. Over the course of his career, Arūnas Matelis has won several prestigious awards, including the Lithuanian National Prize in 2005.

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Arūnas Bubnys
(Historian)
Arūnas Bubnys
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio