Famous People Born In Warsaw

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Marie Curie
(The First Woman to Win a Nobel Prize)
Marie Curie
134
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 4, 1934
Amongst the most notable scientists of her time, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the sole person to win two Nobel Prize in two different category, and the first woman professor at the University of Paris—Marie Curie’s list of achievements is incredible. She did extensive research in the field of radioactivity and discovered polonium and radium.
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Robert Lewandowski
(One of the Most Successful Football Players in Bundesliga History)
Robert Lewandowski
72
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo

Considered one of the best football players in the world, Robert Lewandowski plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and leads the Poland national team as its captain. Known for his exceptional goal scoring ability and striking skills, Lewandowski has earned several accolades including Polish Player of the Year title for eight consecutive years. Besides, he is also a venture capitalist.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski
(9th United States National Security Advisor)
Zbigniew Brzezinski
13
Birthdate: March 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 26, 2017
Polish-American diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski had been a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. He believed in the realist school of international relations. He also taught foreign policy and was seen in programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
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Benoit Mandelbrot
(American Mathematician and Polymath Best Known for Popularizing the Concept of Fractal Geometry)
Benoit Mandelbrot
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 14, 2010

Noted mathematician and polymath, Benoit B. Mandelbrot is perhaps best known for his work on fractal. He not only coined the term, but also used computer-constructed images to illustrate the mathematical definition. Also credited with the discovery of Mandelbrot set and Mandelbrot law, he established that even those things which were apparently chaotic or rough had a "degree of order".

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Wojciech Szczęsny
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Wojciech Szczęsny
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Irena Sendler
(Polish Humanitarian & Social Worker)
Irena Sendler
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 12, 2008
Polish social worker and nurse Irena Sendler was part of the Polish Underground Resistance in German-occupied Poland, during World War II. She was arrested for smuggling Jewish children out of Poland but never revealed much about her work. She had received many awards, such as Israel’s Righteous Among the Nations.
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Iga Swiatek
(The Second Youngest Tennis Player To Win the French Open)
Iga Swiatek
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Joanna Krupa
(Actor, Model, Television Personality)
Joanna Krupa
9
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Apart from gracing the Maxim Hot 100 list, the Dancing with the Stars and The Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa also works actively for PETA. Now a mother, she was also in the news when at 35, she had decided to freeze her eggs.
 9 
Casimir Pulaski
(One of the United States’ First Cavalry Commanders)
Casimir Pulaski
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 6, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 11, 1779

Kazimierz Pułaski was a Polish nobleman, military commander, and soldier. Dubbed the father of the American cavalry, Pulaski is credited with creating the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reorganizing the American cavalry. He played an important role in the American Revolutionary War and is remembered for fighting for the independence of Poland and the United States.

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Krzysztof Kieślowski
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Krzysztof Kieślowski
5
Birthdate: June 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 13, 1996
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Witold Lutoslawski
(The Most Significant Polish Composer of 20th-Century Classical Music)
Witold Lutoslawski
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 7, 1994

Although he studied math at the University of Warsaw, Witold Lutoslawski also earned diplomas in composition and piano. He grew up to be one of the finest Polish composers and was often compared to Chopin. Known for combining neoclassical and folk elements in his music, he later won a Grammy.

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Konstantin Rokossovsky
(Soviet and Polish Military Officer)
Konstantin Rokossovsky
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: August 3, 1968

Konstantin Rokossovsky was a Soviet and Polish officer. One of the most important Red Army commanders during the Second World War, Rokossovsky also served as Poland's Defence Minister from 1949 to 1956. He also served as the Marshal of Poland and as the Marshal of the Soviet Union.

 13 
Tamara de Lempicka
(Painter)
Tamara de Lempicka
6
Birthdate: May 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 18, 1980
 14 
Janusz Korczak
(Polish Jewish Educator, Children’s Author and Pedagogue)
Janusz Korczak
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
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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Margo Dydek
(Polish Basketball Player Who Played as a Center)
Margo Dydek
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 27, 2011

Margo Dydek was a Polish basketball player best remembered for her towering height of 7 ft 2 in, which made her the world's tallest professional female basketballer. She played for several teams in the WNBA and was honored with the Polish Gold Cross of Merit in 1999. In 2019, Dydek was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

 16 
Slavomir Rawicz
Slavomir Rawicz
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 5, 2004

Slavomir Rawicz was a Polish Army lieutenant. He was imprisoned by the NKVD after the German-Soviet invasion of Poland and eventually made a miraculous escape, according to his own accounts. However, several authorities have questioned the veracity of his claims. After the war, he settled in England, married and raised a family. He later became a technician.  

 17 
Benzion Netanyahu
(Israeli Encyclopedist, Historian and Medievalist)
Benzion Netanyahu
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Birthdate: March 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 30, 2012

Born Benzion Mileikowsky, he became Benzion Netanyahu when at the age of ten he moved to Mandate Palestine with his parents. A scholar of Judaic history, he was also an encyclopedist and actively involved with the Revisionist Zionism movement, lobbying for the creation of the Jewish state. One of his sons, Benjamin Netanyahu, later became the Prime Minister of Israel.

 18 
Anna Held
(French-Polish Actress and Singer Best Known for Her Revues 'The Ziegfeld Follies')
Anna Held
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Birthdate: March 19, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 12, 1918

Anna Held was a Polish singer and stage performer. Although her personal life and relationship with Florenz Ziegfeld overshadowed her professional career, Anna Held's uninhibited style inspired the popular theatrical revue productions on Broadway, The Ziegfeld Follies. Her relationship with Florenz Ziegfeld also inspired films like The Great Ziegfeld and Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women.

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Andrew Golota
(Polish Former Professional Boxer)
Andrew Golota
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Michal Zebrowski
(Actor)
Michal Zebrowski
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Birthdate: June 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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André Tchaikowsky
(Composer)
André Tchaikowsky
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 26, 1982

Polish composer and pianist André Tchaikowsky started his concert career as a student. A great admirer of Shakespeare, Tchaikowsky‘s compositions include the settings of seven of Shakespeare's Sonnets, the opera titled The Merchant of Venice, and songs from The Tempest. According to his wishes, Tchaikowsky’s skull has been used as a theatrical prop by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Agnieszka Holland
(Director & Screenwriter)
Agnieszka Holland
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Birthdate: November 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Abraham Joshua Heschel
1
Birthdate: January 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 23, 1972

Born into a family of rabbis in Warsaw, Abraham Joshua Heschel managed to move to London before Germany’s invasion of Poland but lost his mother and sisters to the Holocaust. The theologian eventually set base in New York, where he continued his work on Jewish philosophy and American civil rights.

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Solomon Asch
(Psychologist)
Solomon Asch
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Birthdate: September 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
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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Hilary Koprowski
(Virologist, Immunologist)
Hilary Koprowski
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 11, 2013

Hilary Koprowski was a Polish virologist and immunologist. He spent the majority of his career in USA and created an effective live polio vaccine. He also contributed significantly to the development of an improved rabies vaccine. He was the author or co-author of over 875 scientific papers. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Albert Sabin Gold Medal.

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Alfred Tarski
(Polish-American Logician and Mathematician Best Known for His Work on Model Theory, Metamathematics, and Algebraic Logic)
Alfred Tarski
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 14, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 26, 1983

Polish mathematician Alfred Tarski initially taught at Warsaw and later moved to the US, where he joined the University of California, Berkeley. Known for his research on topics such as algebra, logic, and set theory, he has also been the doctoral supervisor of mathematicians such as Julia Robinson and Bjarni Jónsson.

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Zofia Wichlacz
(Actress)
Zofia Wichlacz
1
Birthdate: April 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Pawel Pawlikowski
(Filmmaker)
Pawel Pawlikowski
1
Birthdate: September 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Julia, Princess of Battenberg
(Princess)
Julia, Princess of Battenberg
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Birthdate: November 24, 1825
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 19, 1895

Apart from being the wife of Prince Alexander of Hesse, Julia, Princess of Battenberg, was also the daughter of German-Polish general Hans Moritz Hauke. Her lack of royal descent was a matter of concern initially, but Alexander eventually married the 6-month pregnant Julia he had fallen in love with.

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Franceska Mann
(Dancer)
Franceska Mann
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 23, 1943
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Andrzej Bogucki
(Actor)
Andrzej Bogucki
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 29, 1978

Andrzej Bogucki was a Polish actor, operetta singer, and songwriter. He is best remembered for his efforts to save the life of Polish Jewish pianist Władysław Szpilman during World War II when Poland was occupied by the Nazis. Andrzej Bogucki and his wife were honored with the Righteous Among the Nations award in 1978 for their actions during the war.

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Weronika Rosati
(Actress)
Weronika Rosati
2
Birthdate: January 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Alfred Korzybski
(Scholar who developed the field of General Semantics)
Alfred Korzybski
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Birthdate: July 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 1, 1950

Polish-American scholar Alfred Korzybski had initially been sent to the U.S. by the Russian intelligence services. After the fall of the tsarist rule, he stayed back in the U.S. The pioneer of general semantics, he believed human knowledge is shaped by one’s linguistic reach and the nervous system.

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Maciej Musiał
(Actor, Television personality)
Maciej Musiał
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Birthdate: February 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Natasza Urbanska
(Actress)
Natasza Urbanska
1
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 36 
Osip Mandelstam
(Poet)
Osip Mandelstam
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 27, 1938
 37 
Zuzanna Szadkowski
(Actress)
Zuzanna Szadkowski
1
Birthdate: October 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
 38 
Jakub Józef Orliński
(Singer)
Jakub Józef Orliński
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 39 
Dominika Peczynski
(Singer)
Dominika Peczynski
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo

A Polish-Swedish singer, Dominika Peczynski is known for her association with the dance-pop group Army of Lovers. She also briefly joined another musical group called Nouveau Riche. Apart from being a singer, she has also been a model, a host for her own travel show in UK called Dominika's Planet and the presenter of the Swedish version of Temptation Island

 40 
Lech Kaczyński
(Former President of Poland)
Lech Kaczyński
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 10, 2010

Former president of Poland Lech Kaczyński had also served as the mayor of Warsaw. Son of an engineer father and a philologist mother, he had starred in a movie as a child actor, along with his twin brother. A qualified lawyer, he had initially been part of anti-communist underground movements.

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Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
(Writer & Painter Active Before World War I & During Interwar Period)
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: February 24, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 18, 1939

Polish author, painter, and dramatist Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz of the Awangarda Krakowska movement was part of the Australian expedition of anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski, as an artist. He had also worked in the Russian Army. He committed suicide at the onset of World War II, though many believe he had faked his own death.

 42 
Joseph Rotblat
(Polish Physicist Known for His Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Which Won Him the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize)
Joseph Rotblat
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 31, 2005

Joseph Rotblat was a physicist remembered for his work on the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II. He left the laboratory on grounds of conscience and his work on nuclear fallout played a key role in the events preceding the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. In 1995, Joseph Rotblat won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Tomasz Wroblewski
(Musician)
Tomasz Wroblewski
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini

Tomasz Wroblewski is a Polish musician best known for his association with the popular black-death metal band Behemoth where he performs as the bassist and backing vocalist. Since 1991, Behemoth has played a major role in establishing the extreme metal underground in Poland. Tomasz Wroblewski is also credited with founding the popular stoner rock/heavy metal band Black River.

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Jarosław Kaczyński
(Deputy Prime Minister of Poland)
Jarosław Kaczyński
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
The current deputy prime minister of Poland, Jarosław Kaczyński had initially gained fame as a child actor in the movie Those Two Who Would Steal the Moon, along with his twin, Lech. After getting his law degree, he became active in trade unionism and then joined full-fledged politics.
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Janusz Korwin-Mikke
(Politician, Bridge player, Economist, Journalist, Esperantist)
Janusz Korwin-Mikke
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Janusz Korwin-Mikke is a Polish politician, author, and paleolibertarian. He is credited with founding the Eurosceptic and right-wing libertarian political party Wolność. Counted among the most controversial politicians of his time, Korwin-Mikke is known for his absurd remarks and allegations. Janusz Korwin-Mikke became a member of the Sejm in 2019.

 46 
Ida Nowakowska
(Actress)
Ida Nowakowska
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Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Wacław Sierpiński
(Mathematician)
Wacław Sierpiński
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 21, 1969

One of the pioneering figures of the Polish school of mathematics, Wacław Sierpiński made revolutionary contributions to point-set topology. He withheld an award-winning essay on number theory, so that it could be printed in Polish instead of Russian. He spent most of his life teaching at the University of Warsaw.

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Michalina Olszanska
(Actress)
Michalina Olszanska
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Birthdate: June 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
 49 
Wanda Landowska
(Polish Harpsichordist and Pianist Who Helped Initiate the Revival of the Harpsichord in the 20th Century)
Wanda Landowska
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
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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Adam Jerzy Czartoryski
(Statesman)
Adam Jerzy Czartoryski
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 14, 1770
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 15, 1861