Famous People

Business

  • Andrew Filipowski, technology entrepreneur
  • Barbara Piasecka Johnson, humanitarian, philantropist, widow of J. Seward Johnson, Sr
  • Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki, legendary merchant, spy, diplomat, opened the first café in Vienna in 1683
  • Helena Rubinstein, cosmetics industrialist
  • Izrael Poznanski, philanthropist, textile magnate
  • Max Factor, Sr., businessman and cosmetician
  • Michael Marks, one of the two co-founders of the retail chain Marks and Spencer
  • Ziggy Switkowski, the former Chief Executive Officer of Telstra

Film and Theatre

  • Adam Hanuszkiewicz, actor
  • Adam Smoluk, director, screenwriter and actor
  • Agnieszka Holland, film director, nominated to Academy Awards and BAFTA Award
  • Aleksander Ford, director
  • Allan Starski, Oscar winning production designer, art director, set designer
  • Andrzej Bartkowiak, cinematographer, director and actor
  • Andrzej Seweryn, actor of Comédie Française
  • Andrzej Wajda, Academy Award, Golden Palm, BAFTA Award, Silver Berlin Bear, César Award and Golden Lion winning film director
  • Andrzej Zulawski, film director
  • Anna Przybylska, actress
  • Boguslaw Linda, actor
  • Bronislau Kaper, Academy Award winning composer
  • Cezary Pazura, actor
  • Dagmara Dominczyk, actress
  • Daniel Olbrychski, actor
  • Dariusz Wolski, cinematographer
  • Eugeniusz Bodo, singer and actor
  • Ewa Braun, Academy Award winning set decorator, costume designer, production designer
  • Ewa Demarczyk, actress, poetry singer
  • Helena Modjeska/Modrzejewska, actress (born Helena Opid)
  • Izabella Scorupco, Polish-born Hollywood-actress and singer
  • Janusz Kaminski, two Oscars and BAFTA Award winning cinematographer and film director
  • Jeremi Przybora
  • Jerzy Grotowski, theatre reformer
  • Jerzy Owsiak, broadcaster
  • Jerzy Skolimowski, film director
  • Jerzy Stuhr, actor, film director
  • Jerzy Wasowski
  • Joanna Pacula, actress
  • Sir John Gielgud, English theatre and film actor of Polish father from szlachta
  • Józef Arkusz, film director
  • Karen O (Orzolek), the lead vocalist for the New York art punk band Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Katarzyna Figura, actress
  • Kazimierz Kutz, film director
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski, film director, nominated to Academy Awards
  • Krzysztof Ptak, cinematographer
  • Krzysztof Zanussi, film director
  • Ladislas Starevich properly: Wladyslaw Starewicz, film director, stop-motion animator
  • Lew Rywin, film producer
  • Lilliana Wilczkowsky, actress
  • Loretta Swit,Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H
  • Ludwika Paleta, Polish-Mexican actress
  • Malgorzata Foremniak, actress
  • Martin Kunert(born Marcin Kunert-Dziewanowski) - writer/director
  • Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor of Polish father from szlachta
  • Pawel Edelman, cinematographer, European Film Award winner
  • Piotr Adamczyk, actor
  • Piotr Andrejew, film director
  • Piotr Fronczewski, actor and singer
  • Piotr Sobocinski, cinematographer
  • Piotr Tokarski, actor
  • Pola Negri, actress
  • Przemyslaw Skwirczynski, cinematographer
  • Roman Polanski, award winning film director educated in Poland
  • Rudolph Maté, cinematographer and film director
  • Samuel "Billy" Wilder, six Oscars winning film director, screenwriter and producer
  • Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
  • Slawomir Idziak, cinematagrapher
  • Tadeusz Lomnicki, actor
  • Tomasz Baginski, BAFTA Award winning short animated movies maker, nominated to Academy Award
  • Waclaw Nizynski (Vaslav Nijinsky), ballet dancer and choreographer
  • The Warner Brothers
  • Wojciech Pszoniak, actor of Comedie Francaise
  • Zbigniew Cybulski, actor
  • Zbigniew Rybczynski, Oscar and Emmy Award winning filmmaker

Fine Arts

  • Aleksander Gierymski, painter, brother of Maksymilian Gierymski
  • Aleksander Orlowski, painter
  • Andrzej Dluzniewski
  • Artur Grottger, painter, illustrator
  • Artur Zmijewski
  • Christian Boltanski
  • Daniel Libeskind, architect
  • Ferdynand Ruszczyc, painter, graphic artist, cartoonist, stage designer
  • Henryk Rodakowski, painter
  • Henryk Stazewski, painter
  • Jacek Malczewski, painter
  • Jacenty Dedek, photographer
  • Jan de Weryha-Wysoczanski, sculptor
  • Jan Matejko, painter
  • Jan Piotr Norblin
  • Jan Sawka, cartoonist
  • Jan Zamoyski, painter
  • Janosch, German illustrator and writer, born in what is now Zabrze
  • Jerzy Kossak, painter
  • Jerzy Nowosielski, painter
  • Joanna Rajkowska
  • Józef Brandt, painter
  • Józef Marian Chelmonski, painter
  • Józef Pankiewicz, painter, graphic artist
  • Józef Szajna, sculptor, stage designer, theatre director
  • Julian Falat, painter
  • Juliusz Kossak, painter, illustrator
  • Katarzyna Kobro, sculptor
  • Katarzyna Kozyra, video artist
  • Korczak Ziólkowski, designer and sculptor of Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Krzysztof Bednarski, sculptor
  • Leon Wyczólkowski, painter
  • Magdalena Abakanowicz, sculptor
  • Maksymilian Gierymski, painter
  • Max Weber, painter
  • Miroslaw Balka
  • Nikifor Krynicki, painter
  • Olga Boznanska, painter
  • Pawel Althamer
  • Piotr Michalowski, painter
  • Rafal Olbinski, illustrator, painter
  • Richard (Ryszard) Tylman, painter
  • Roman Opalka, painter
  • Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, painter
  • Stanislaw Wyspianski, painter
  • Stefan Gierowski, painter
  • Tadeusz Kantor, (1915-1990) painter, theatre director
  • Tamara de Lempicka, painter
  • Teresa Murak, sculptor
  • Tomasz Baginski, painter, animator, computer graphics
  • Tytus Czyzewski, painter, poet, art critic
  • Wilhelm Sasnal, painter
  • Wladyslaw Hasior, sculptor, painter, stage designer
  • Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, performance artist
  • Wladyslaw Podkowinski, painter and illustrator
  • Wladyslaw Strzeminski, painter
  • Wojciech Fangor, painter
  • Wojciech Gerson, painter
  • Wojciech Kossak, painter
  • Xawery Dunikowski, sculptor
  • Zbigniew Dlubak, painter
  • Zbigniew Lengren, cartoonist and illustrator
  • Zbigniew Libera
  • Zdzislaw Beksinski, painter
  • Zofia Kulik, performer
  • Zygmunt Gorgolewski, architect

Literature

  • Adolf Dygasinski, novelist
  • Agnieszka Lipska Baranowska, author
  • Aleksander Fredro, humorist, artist
  • Andrzej Majewski, aphorist, writer, poet
  • Andrzej Sapkowski, fantasy writer
  • Boleslaw Prus - journalist; novelist, author of The Doll and Pharaoh
  • Eliza Orzeszkowa, Positivist writer
  • Eugeniusz Zytomirski, novelist
  • Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, writer
  • Franciszek Zablocki, comic dramatist and satirist
  • Gabriela Zapolska, novelist
  • Henryk Sienkiewicz, writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1905)
  • Ignacy Krasicki, author of Fables and Parables and of the first Polish novel
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1966)
  • Jacek Dukaj, science-fiction writer
  • Jan Chryzostom Pasek, memoirist
  • Jan Potocki, author of The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
  • Janusz A. Zajdel, science-fiction writer
  • Janusz Glowacki, play-writer, non-fiction writer
  • Jedrzej Sniadecki, terminologist, writer
  • Jerzy Kosinski
  • Joanna Siedlecka, non-fiction writer
  • Johannes Dantiscus (Jan Dantyszek), Latin poet and Prince-Bishop of Warmia
  • Joseph Conrad (Teodor Józef Korzeniowski), writer
  • Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, writer
  • Józef Mackiewicz, writer, journalist
  • Krzysztof Piesiewicz, screenwriter and politician
  • Lucjan Wolanowski, writer, journalist, and traveller
  • Lucyna Cwierczakiewiczowa, the first Polish cook book author
  • Marek Hlasko, writer
  • Maria Dabrowska, novelist
  • Maria Rodziewiczówna, novelist
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Polish-Ukrainian writer
  • Pawel Huelle, essayist
  • Piotr Skarga, poet, writer, humanist
  • Rafal A. Ziemkiewicz, writer
  • Rene Goscinny, cartoonist
  • Robert Stiller, polyglot, writer, poet, translator, editor
  • Roger Zelazny (Zelazny), American writer of fantasy and science fiction, son of a Pole
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski, writer and journalist
  • Sergiusz Piasecki, writer
  • Stanislaw Lem, science-fiction writer, essayist, philosopher
  • Stanislaw Lubieniecki writer, astronomer
  • Stanislaw Wyspianski, painter and writer
  • Stefan Grabinski, horror writer
  • Stefan Zeromski, novelist
  • Tadeusz Dolega-Mostowicz, novelist
  • Tadeusz Konwicki
  • Wincenty Kadlubek political scientist, writer
  • Witold Gombrowicz, novelist and drama writer
  • Wladyslaw Reymont, writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1924)
  • Zofia Kossak-Szczucka, author and resistance fighter

Music

  • Adam Darski, singer-songwriter
  • Adam Jarzebski, composer
  • Andrzej Dobrowolski, composer
  • Andrzej Panufnik, composer
  • Andrzej Wasowski, pianist
  • Anna Jantar, singer
  • Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
  • Barbara Trzetrzelewska, singer
  • Bartlomiej Pekiel, composer
  • Boguslaw Schaeffer, composer
  • Brad Wilk, American rock drummer of Polish descent
  • Bronislaw Kaper, film composer
  • Carl Mikuli, composer
  • Czeslaw Niemen, composer, singer-songwriter
  • D'arcy Wretzky, Polish-American former bassist of The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Edyta Bartosiewicz, singer
  • Edyta Górniak, singer
  • Franciszek Lilius, composer
  • Fryderyk Chopin, French father of distant Polish heritage, Polish mother, composer
  • Gene Krupa, jazz drummer
  • Grazyna Bacewicz, composer
  • Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, composer
  • Henryk Górecki, composer
  • Henryk Wieniawski, composer
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski, pianist, composer
  • Jacek Kaczmarski, protest songwriter and singer
  • Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, film composer
  • Karol Kurpinski, composer
  • Karol Lipinski, composer
  • Karol Szymanowski, composer (Polish father, Swedish mother)
  • Kasia Kowalska, singer
  • Kayah, singer
  • Kazimierz Serocki, composer
  • Krystian Zimerman, pianist
  • Krzesimir Debski, composer
  • Krzysztof Czerwinski, conductor and organist
  • Krzysztof Komeda, jazz composer
  • Krzysztof Penderecki, composer
  • Krzysztof Raczkowski, drummer and percussionist
  • Leopold Stokowski, conductor
  • Leszek Mozdzer, pianist and composer
  • Maciek Miernik, producer
  • Marcin Mielczewski, composer
  • Maryla Rodowicz, singer
  • Michael Anthony (Sobolewski), Van Halen band
  • Michal Kleofas Oginski, composer
  • Mieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist
  • Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer
  • Mikolaj Gomolka, composer
  • Mikolaj z Radomia, Middle Ages composer
  • Mikolaj Zielenski, composer
  • Moritz Moszkowski, composer
  • Natalia Kukulska, singer
  • Patryk Dominik Sztyber, guitarist and vocalist
  • Pawel Szymanski, composer
  • Piotr Póltorak, guitarist
  • Piotr Rubik, composer
  • Piotr Wiwczarek, guitarist and vocalist
  • Ray Manzarek,(Manczarek) Polish-descended American musician and co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors
  • Reni Jusis, singer
  • Stanislaw Moniuszko, composer
  • Stefan Kisielewski, composer, writer
  • Teodor Leszetycki, pianist, pedagogue
  • Theodor Kullak, composer
  • Tomasz Stanko, jazz trumpeter
  • Tomasz Wróblewski, bassist, guitarist, and vocalist
  • Urszula Dudziak, singer
  • Waclaw z Szamotul, composer
  • Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist
  • Witold Lutoslawski, composer
  • Wladyslaw Szpilman, pianist
  • Wojciech Kilar, composer
  • Xaver Scharwenka, composer
  • Zbigniew Preisner, composer
  • Zbigniew Robert Prominski, drummer and percussionist
  • Zygmunt Stojowski, composer

Politics

  • Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, prince, statesman, Prime Minister (1830-1831)
  • Aleksander Kwasniewski, third President of III RP (1995-2005)
  • Alexander Wielopolski, count, Marquis of Gonzaga, statesman
  • Alfred Józef Potocki, count, Minister-President of Austria (1870-1871)
  • Anatoly Sobczak, first post-Soviet mayor of St Petersburg
  • Antoni Radziwill, prince, the Duke-Governor of Grand Duchy of Posen (Poznan) (1815-1831)
  • August Zaleski, second President of Poland in exile (1947-1972)
  • Boleslaw Bierut, leader of communist Poland (1948-1956)
  • Dan Rostenkowski, American politician
  • Edward Gierek, leader of communist Poland (1970-1980)
  • Edward Raczynski, fourth President of Poland in exile (1979-1986)
  • Edward Werner, (born in Poland to parents of German origin) vice-Minister of Finance, and Polish diplomat during World War II
  • Feliks Dzierzynski, the founder of the Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka
  • Gabriel Narutowicz, first President of II RP (1922)
  • Ignacy Daszynski, Prime Minister of the Temporary People's Government of the Republic of Poland (1918)
  • Ignacy Moscicki, third President of II RP (1926-1939)
  • Ignacy Paderewski, second Prime Minister of II RP (1919)
  • Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, vice-president of European Parliament (2004-2007)
  • Jan Kucharzewski first Prime Minister of Kingdom of Poland (1917-1918),
  • Janusz Korwin-Mikke, free market activist, economist
  • Jaroslaw Kaczynski, identical twin brother of Lech, leader of the Law and Justice party, Prime Minister of Poland (since 2006)
  • Jas Gawronski, Italian politician
  • Jedrzej Moraczewski, first Prime Minister of II RP (1918-1919)
  • Józef Cyrankiewicz, Prime Minister of communistic Poland (1947-1952 and 1954-1970)
  • Józef Pilsudski, statesman, politician and Marshal of Poland
  • Julian Marchlewski, Soviet politician
  • Kazimierz Feliks Badeni, count, Minister-President of Austria (1895-1897)
  • Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland (2005-2006)
  • Kazimierz Sabbat, fifth President of Poland in exile (1986-1989)
  • Lech Kaczynski, fourth President of III RP (since 2005)
  • Lech Walesa, trade unionist who started dismantling of the Soviet bloc, second President of III RP (1990-1995)
  • Lewis Bernstein Namier, British politician and historian
  • Ludwik Warynski, socialist activist in 19th c
  • Marek Belka, former director of economic policy in the interim coalition administration of Iraq & Prime Minister
  • Marian P. Opala, Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • Michal Bobrzynski, Governor of Galicia (1908-1913)
  • Michel Poniatowski, prince, French politician
  • Pedro Pablo Kuczynski - Prime Minister of Peru
  • Piotr Jaroszewicz, Prime Minister of communistic Poland (1970-1980)
  • Roman Dmowski, nationalist politician, statesman
  • Roman Giertych, leader of the League of Polish Families
  • Roy Welensky, Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
  • Ryszard Kaczorowski, sixth and last President of Poland in exile (1989-1990)
  • Stanislaw Kosior, Soviet politician
  • Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, Prime Minister of Poland (1943-1944), politician of the agrarian party
  • Stanislaw Ostrowski, third President of Poland in exile (1972-1979)
  • Stanislaw Wojciechowski, second President of II RP (1922-1926)
  • Tadeusz Mazowiecki, politician, first Prime Minister of III RP (Poland)
  • Tomasz Arciszewski, first Prime Minister of Poland in exile (1944-1947)
  • Wincenty Witos, politician of the agrarian party
  • Wladyslaw Gomulka, leader of communist Poland (1956-1970)
  • Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, first President of Poland in exile (1939-1947)
  • Wladyslaw Sikorski, general, Prime Minister of Poland (1939-1943)
  • Wojciech Jaruzelski, last leader of communist Poland (1981-1989), first President of III RP (1989-1990)
  • Wojciech Korfanty, leader of Silesians during the Third Silesian Uprising
  • Wojciech Wierzejski, vice-leader of the League of Polish Families
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski , political scientist, advisor to US President Jimmy Carter

Poetry

  • Adam Asnyk, Positivism
  • Adam Mickiewicz
  • Adam Naruszewicz, translation, history
  • Agnieszka Osiecka
  • Aleksander Wat
  • Anatol Stern
  • Andrzej Bursa
  • Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski, humanism
  • Antoni Slonimski
  • Boleslaw Lesmian
  • Cyprian Kamil Norwid
  • Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Prize in Literature (1980)
  • Edward Stachura
  • Ewa Lipska
  • Grazyna Miller, translation
  • Halina Poswiatowska
  • Ignacy Krasicki, Fables and Parables
  • Jan Brzechwa
  • Jan Kasprowicz, translation
  • Jan Kochanowski
  • Jan Lechon
  • Jan Twardowski
  • Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz
  • Jeremi Przybora, songs
  • Julian Tuwim
  • Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, independence activist
  • Juliusz Slowacki
  • Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer
  • Kazimierz Wierzynski
  • Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski
  • Kornel Ujejski
  • Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
  • Leopold Staff
  • Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska
  • Marian Hemar
  • Mikolaj Rej
  • Piotr Czerniawski
  • Piotr Zbylitowski
  • Rafal Wojaczek
  • Richard (Ryszard) Tylman
  • Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  • Tadeusz Rózewicz
  • Wislawa Szymborska, Nobel Prize in Literature (1996)
  • Wladyslaw Broniewski
  • Zbigniew Herbert
  • Zygmunt Krasinski

Philosophy

  • Alfred Tarski
  • August Cieszkowski
  • Hugo Kollataj
  • Josef Hoëné-Wronski
  • Józef Maria Bochenski
  • Józef Tischner
  • Karol Libelt
  • Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz
  • Kazimierz Twardowski
  • Leon Chwistek
  • Leszek Kolakowski
  • Maria Szyszkowska
  • Roman Ingarden
  • Stanislaw Jaskowski
  • Stanislaw Staszic
  • Tadeusz Kotarbinski
  • Wawrzyniec Grzymala Goslicki
  • Wladyslaw Tatarkiewicz
  • Zygmunt Bauman

 

Religion

  • Adam Stanislaw Krasinski (Bishop of Kamieniec Podolski, 1757-98)
  • Adam Stefan Sapieha (Bishop/Archbishop of Kraków, Cardinal, 1911-51)
  • Albin Dunajewski (Bishop of Kraków, Cardinal, 1879-94)
  • Aleksander Kakowski (Archbishop of Warsaw, Cardinal)
  • August Czartoryski (beatified Prince)
  • August Hlond (Primate of Poland, 1926-48, Cardinal)
  • Edmund Dalbor (Primate of Poland, Cardinal, 1915-26)
  • Edmund Szoka (Archbishop of Detroit, Cardinal 1981-90)
  • Franciszek Macharski (Archbishop of Kraków, 1978-2005, Cardinal)
  • Henryk Jankowski (Prelate, Chaplain of "Solidarnosc")
  • Hugo Kollataj (priest, statesman)
  • Ignacy Krasicki (Primate of Poland)
  • Jacob Frank (Jewish messianic leader who merged Judaism and Christianity)
  • Jakub Uchanski (Primate of Poland, 1562-81; Interrex, 1572-73 and 1574-75)
  • Jan Laski (Primate of Poland, 1510-31)
  • Jan Puzyna (Bishop of Kraków, 1895-1911, Cardinal)
  • Jerzy Cardinal Radziwill (Bishop of Kraków, Cardinal, 1591-1600)
  • John Krol (Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal, 1961-88)
  • Józef Glemp (Primate of Poland since 1981, Cardinal)
  • Kajetan Soltyk (Bishop of Kiev, 1756-59; Bishop of Kraków, 1759-88)
  • Karol Józef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II, 1978-2005)
  • Marian Jaworski (Polish Roman-Catholic Archbishop of Lvov, since 1991, Cardinal)
  • Mieczyslaw Halka Ledóchowski (Primate of Poland, 1866-86, Cardinal)
  • Mikolaj Traba (Archbishop of Gniezno, first Primate of Poland, 1418-22)
  • Piotr Gamrat (Primate of Poland, 1541-45)
  • Piotr Wawrzyniak (priest and economist)
  • Piotr z Goniadza (religious writer)
  • Reverend Monsignor (Wawrzyniec) Lawrence Wnuk (Protonotary Apostolic)
  • St. Adam (Albert) Chmielowski
  • St. Casimir Jagiellon (grandson of King Wladyslaw II Jagiello)
  • St. Faustyna Kowalska (Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy)
  • St. Hedwig (Queen of Poland, 1384-99)
  • St. Hyacinth (Dominican)
  • St. Jan Kanty (professor at Kraków University)
  • St. Maksymilian Maria Kolbe (Franciscan martyr, Auschwitz 1941)
  • St. Raphael Kalinowski (Carmelite)
  • St. Stanislaus of Szczepanów (Bishop of Kraków, martyr 1079)
  • St. Stanislaw Kostka (Jesuit)
  • Stanislaus Hosius (legate to Poland, Cardinal and Prince-Bishop of Warmia)
  • Stanislaw Dziwisz (Archbishop of Kraków since 2005, Cardinal)
  • Stefan Wyszynski (Primate of Poland, Cardinal, 1948-81)
  • Walenty Potocki (Count; converted to Judaism as Avrohom ben Avrohom, the Ger Tzedek of Vilna; died 1749)
  • Zbigniew Olesnicki (Bishop of Kraków, Cardinal, statesman)

Science

Astronomy

  • Adam Prazmowski
  • Albert Brudzewski
  • Aleksander Wolszczan (co-discoverer of first extrasolar planets)
  • Bohdan Paczynski
  • Felicjan Kepinski
  • Franciszek Arminski
  • Jan Heweliusz (Johannes Hevelius)
  • Konrad Rudnicki
  • Marcin Poczobutt-Odlanicki
  • Marian Albertovich Kowalski
  • Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus)
  • Tadeusz Banachiewicz
  • Wieslaw Wisniewski
  • Wladyslaw Dziewulski

Biology

  • Andrew Paulukiewichz, biologist
  • Andrzej K. Tarkowski, embryologist
  • Andrzej Wiktor Schally, Nobel laureate enrocrinologist
  • Boleslaw Skarzynski, biologist
  • Eduard Adolf Strasburger (born in Poland, of German descent), botanist
  • Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, biologist
  • Hilary Koprowski, biologist
  • Jan Sztolcman, ornithologist
  • Jerzy Konorski, microbiologist
  • Józef Rostafinski, biologist
  • Konstanty Jelski, ornithologist
  • Ludwik Mlokosiewicz, botanist
  • Marek Kotanski, psychologist
  • Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska, physician
  • Rudolf Weigl, biologist
  • Stefan Kopec, biologist
  • Tadeusz Krwawicz, medical pioneer
  • Wojciech Jastrzebowski, biologist
  • Zbigniew Religa, cardiologist
  • Zbylut Twardowski, physician

Chemistry

  • Adolf Joszt
  • Antoni Grabowski
  • Bohdan Szyszkowski
  • Edward Sucharda
  • Ignacy Lukasiewicz, inventor of kerosene lamp
  • Ignacy Moscicki
  • Jan Czochralski
  • Jedrzej Sniadecki
  • Józef Boguski
  • Józef Zawadzki
  • Karol Olszewski
  • Kazimierz Fajans
  • Kazimierz Funk
  • Leon Marchlewski
  • Marceli Nencki
  • Marek Gatty-Kostyal
  • Maria Sklodowska (Marie Curie), two Nobel Prizes
  • Michal Sedziwój
  • Roald Safran (Nobel Prize, 1981)
  • Stanislaw Kostanecki
  • Sylwester Porowski
  • Tadeusz Estreicher
  • Tadeusz Reichstein
  • Wiktor Kemula
  • Wlodzimierz Trzebiatowski
  • Wojciech Swietoslawski

Computer Science

  • Andrzej Trybulec, Mizar system
  • Jacek Karpinski
  • Jan Weglarz
  • Marek Karpinski
  • Marek Sell
  • Marian Mazur
  • Michal Zalewski
  • Piotr Anweiler, software
  • Stanislaw Radziszowski
  • Steve Wozniak- Polish American - Apple Computers
  • Wieslaw Romanowski

Economics

  • Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski
  • Hilary Minc, PRL economy
  • Leszek Balcerowicz, implementer of 1990s "shock therapy."
  • Michal Kalecki
  • Oskar Lange, PRL economy
  • Slawomir Szwedowski
  • Wladyslaw Grabski

Engineering

  • Alfred Korzybski
  • Avraham Stern
  • Edward Jan Habich
  • Ernest Malinowski
  • Henry Millicer, aviation
  • Henryk Magnuski
  • Jacek Jedruch
  • Jerzy Dabrowski, designer of PZL.37 Los bomber
  • Karol Adamiecki
  • Kazimierz Gzowski
  • Kazimierz Siemienowicz, pioneer of rocketry
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovski (Konstanty Ciolkowski), spaceflight pioneer
  • Krzysztof Arciszewski
  • Mieczyslaw G. Bekker, first moon rover
  • Piotr Wilniewczyc, weponry
  • Ralph Modjeski, bridges
  • Romuald Cebertowicz, soil solidification
  • Stanislaw Wigura, aviation
  • Stefan Bryla
  • Tadeusz Tanski
  • Tytus Maksymilian Huber
  • Walter Golaski
  • Wojciech Rostafinski, NASA
  • Zdzislaw Celinski
  • Zygmunt Pulawski, designer of PZL P.11 fighter

Invention

  • Bruno Abakanowicz, mathematician, engineer
  • Jan Szczepanik
  • Jozef Kosacki, mine detector
  • Jozef Piotrowski
  • Józef Tykocinski, sound film
  • Kazimierz Proszynski, first cinematic camera
  • Rudolf Gundlach, tank periscope
  • Stefan Drzewiecki
  • Stefan Kudelski, Nagra audio recorders
  • Tadeusz Sendzimir

Linguistics

  • Anna Wierzbicka
  • Antoni Józef Smieszek
  • Jan Czekanowski
  • Jan Miodek
  • Jan Niecislaw Baudouin de Courtenay
  • Jaroslav Rudnyckyj
  • Jerzy Kurylowicz
  • L.L. Zamenhof

Mathematics

  • Adolf Lindenbaum
  • Alfred Tarski
  • Andrew Odlyzko
  • Andrzej Bialynicki-Birula
  • Andrzej Mostowski
  • Antoni Lomnicki
  • Antoni Zygmund
  • Benoît Mandelbrot (born in Poland of Lithuanian-Jewish descent)
  • Bronislaw Knaster
  • Czeslaw Ryll-Nardzewski
  • Edward Marczewski
  • Franciszek Leja
  • Helena Rasiowa
  • Henryk Iwaniec
  • Henryk Zygalski
  • Hugo Steinhaus
  • Jacob Bronowski
  • Jan Brozek
  • Jan Lukasiewicz
  • Jan Mikusinski
  • Jan Sniadecki
  • Jerzy Los
  • Jerzy Rózycki
  • Jerzy Splawa-Neyman
  • Józef H. Przytycki
  • Józef Hoëné-Wronski
  • Józef Marcinkiewicz
  • Juliusz Schauder
  • Karol Borsuk
  • Kazimierz Bartel
  • Kazimierz Kordylewski
  • Kazimierz Kuratowski
  • Kazimierz Zarankiewicz
  • Kazimierz Zorawski
  • Krystyna Kuperberg
  • Marek Karpinski, computer scientist
  • Marian Rejewski
  • Mark Kac
  • Otton M. Nikodym
  • Piotr Smolenski, cryptographer
  • Robert Kowalski
  • Roman Sikorski
  • Samuel Eilenberg
  • Stanislaw Jaskowski
  • Stanislaw Lesniewski
  • Stanislaw Lojasiewicz
  • Stanislaw Mazur
  • Stanislaw Ruziewicz
  • Stanislaw Saks
  • Stanislaw Ulam, codesigner of hydrogen bomb with Edward Teller
  • Stanislaw Zaremba
  • Stefan Banach
  • Stefan Kaczmarz
  • Stefan Mazurkiewicz
  • Tadeusz Banachiewicz
  • Tadeusz Wazewski
  • Waclaw Sierpinski
  • Witold Hurewicz
  • Wladyslaw Orlicz
  • Wladyslaw Slebodzinski
  • Wlodzimierz Stozek
  • Yulian Sokhotski
  • Zdzislaw Krygowski
  • Zygmunt Janiszewski

Physics

  • Aleksander Jablonski
  • Czeslaw Bialobrzeski
  • Georges Charpak (Nobel Prize, 1995)
  • Georges Nomarski
  • James Gimzewski
  • Jan Kazimierz Danysz
  • Jerzy Pniewski
  • Leopold Infeld
  • Maria Sklodowska (Marie Curie; two Nobel Prizes)
  • Marian Danysz
  • Marian Smoluchowski (father of kinetics)
  • Mieczyslaw Wolfke (Polish scientist, partially of German descent)
  • Stanislaw Lech Woronowicz
  • Stanislaw Mrozowski
  • Sylwester Kaliski
  • Theodor Kaluza
  • Witelo (medieval philosopher and scientist, specialist in optics)
  • Wladyslaw Natanson
  • Wojciech H. Zurek
  • Wojciech Rubinowicz
  • Zygmunt Wróblewski

Social Sciences

  • Bronislaw Malinowski (anthropologist)
  • Bronislaw Pilsudski (cultural anthropologist)
  • Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski (sociologist)
  • Florian Znaniecki (sociologist)
  • Jan Kubary (naturalist, ethnographer)
  • Jerzy Szacki (sociologist)
  • Ludwig Gumplowicz (a founder of sociology)
  • Maria Ossowska (sociologist)
  • Piotr Sztompka (sociologist)
  • Stanislaw Ossowski (sociologist)
  • Wladyslaw Markiewicz (sociologist)
  • Zygmunt Bauman (sociologist, philosopher)
  • Zygmunt Gloger (ethnographer, archeologist, historian)

Other Sciences

  • Antoni Józef Smieszek, Egyptologist
  • Antoni Kepinski, psychiatrist
  • Gerard Ciolek, architect and historian of gardens
  • Henryk Arctowski, explorer
  • Henryk Jordan, founding father of physical education
  • Henryk Lipszyc, specialist in Japanese culture, translator, ambassador of Poland in Tokyo
  • Ignacy Domeyko, Polish geologist
  • James A. Pawelczyk, NASA astronaut
  • Jan Potocki, linguist, Egyptologist, sociologist
  • Janusz Korczak, pedagogist
  • Józef Kostrzewski, archaeologist, museologist
  • Józef Rotblat (Nobel Peace Prize, 1995)
  • Karol J. Bobko, NASA astronaut
  • Karol Mysliwiec, archaeologist
  • Kazimierz Dabrowski, psychologist
  • Kazimierz Michalowski, archaeologist
  • Michael Alfred Peszke, psychiatrist
  • Miroslaw Hermaszewski, the first Polish astronaut
  • Pawel Edmund Strzelecki, explorer
  • Pawel Spiewak, Professor of Sociology, politician
  • Pawel Wlodkowic, scholar and lawyer
  • Piotr Ignacy Bienkowski, scholar, archaeologist, professor
  • Rosa Luxemburg, Marxist political theorist, socialist philosopher, and revolutionary
  • Scott E. Parazynski, NASA astronaut
  • Stanislaw of Skarbimierz, political scientist
  • Stefan Starzynski, economist
  • Tadeusz Sulimirski, archaeologist

Sports

Athletics

  • Andrzej Badenski, sprinter
  • Anna Rogowska, pole vaulter
  • Artur Partyka, high jumper
  • Barbara Janiszewska, sprinter
  • Bronislaw Malinowski, athlete
  • Edmund Piatkowski, discus thrower
  • Elzbieta Krzesinska, long jumper
  • Ewa Klobukowska, sprinter
  • Halina Górecka, sprinter
  • Halina Konopacka, discus thrower
  • Irena Szewinska, sprinter
  • Jacek Wszola, high jumper
  • Jadwiga Wajs, discus thrower
  • Janusz Kusocinski, athlete
  • Janusz Sidlo, javelin thrower
  • Jerzy Chromik, athlete
  • Józef Szmidt, triple jumper
  • Kamila Skolimowska, hammer thrower
  • Marian Foik, sprinter
  • Monika Pyrek, pole vaulter
  • Piotr Haczek, track athlete
  • Piotr Piekarski, track athlete
  • Piotr Rysiukiewicz, sprinter
  • Robert Korzeniowski, racewalker
  • Stanislawa Walasiewicz, sprinter
  • Szymon Ziólkowski, hammer thrower
  • Tadeusz Rut, hammer thrower
  • Tadeusz Slusarski, pole vaulter
  • Teresa Cieply, sprinter
  • Waclaw Kuchar, athlete
  • Wanda Panfil, athlete
  • Wladyslaw Komar, shot putter
  • Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz, pole vaulter
  • Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak, athlete

Boxing

  • Aleksy Antkiewicz
  • Andrzej Golota
  • Charley Goldman
  • Dariusz Michalczewski
  • Jan Szczepanski
  • Jerzy Rybicki
  • Paul Slowinski
  • Tomasz Adamek

Chess

  • Adam Kuligowski
  • Agnieszka Brustman
  • Akiba Rubinstein
  • Aleksander Wojtkiewicz
  • Alexander Flamberg
  • Arthur Dake
  • Bartlomiej Macieja
  • Bogdan Sliwa
  • Daniel Yanofsky
  • Dawid Daniuszewski
  • Dawid Janowski
  • Dawid Przepiórka
  • Franciszek Sulik
  • Gersz Rotlewi
  • Gersz Salwe
  • Henryk Friedman
  • Ignatz von Popiel
  • Jean Taubenhaus
  • Johannes Zukertort
  • Josef Cukierman
  • Julius Perlis
  • Kazimierz Makarczyk
  • Max Judd
  • Michal Krasenkow
  • Miguel Najdorf
  • Moshe Czerniak
  • Paulino Frydman
  • Piotr Murdzia
  • Regina Gerlecka
  • Róza Herman
  • Salo Landau
  • Samuel Factor
  • Samuel Reshevsky
  • Samuel Rosenthal
  • Savielly Tartakower
  • Stanislaus Sittenfeld
  • Szymon Winawer
  • Teodor Regedzinski
  • Vitaly Cieszkowski
  • Wlodzimierz Schmidt

Fencing

  • Edward Korfanty
  • Egon Franke
  • Jerzy Pawlowski
  • Roman Kantor
  • Sylwia Gruchala
  • Zbigniew Czajkowski

Football

  • Andrzej Szarmach, attacker
  • Antoni Piechniczek, coach
  • Artur Boruc, goalkeeper
  • Ernest Pohl, attacker
  • Ernest Wilimowski, attacker
  • Euzebiusz Smolarek, attacker
  • Fryderyk Scherfke, midfielder
  • Gerard Cieslik, midfielder
  • Gerard Wodarz, attacker
  • Grzegorz Lato, attacker
  • Henryk Kasperczak, midfielder, coach
  • Jan Tomaszewski, goalkeeper
  • Jerzy Dudek, goalkeeper
  • Jerzy Gorgon, defender
  • Józef Kaluza, attacker, coach
  • Józef Klotz, defender
  • Józef Mlynarczyk, goalkeeper
  • Kazimierz Deyna, midfielder
  • Kazimierz Górski, coach
  • Krzysztof Warzycha, attacker
  • Leslaw Cmikiewicz, midfielder
  • Lukas Podolski, attacker
  • Miroslav Klose, attacker
  • Pawel Janas, defender, coach
  • Piotr Swierczewski, midfielder
  • Robert Gadocha, attacker
  • Ryszard Piec, midfielder
  • Stefan Majewski, defender, coach
  • Wladyslaw Szczepaniak, defender
  • Wladyslaw Zmuda, defender
  • Wlodzimierz Lubanski, attacker
  • Wlodzimierz Smolarek, midfielder
  • Zbigniew Boniek, midfielder
  • Zygmunt Anczok, defender

Ice Hockey

  • Ed Olczyk
  • Krzysztof Oliwa
  • Mariusz Czerkawski
  • Mike Komisarek
  • Pete Stemkowski
  • Wojtek Wolski
  • [edit] Skiing
  • Adam Malysz, ski jumper
  • Bronislaw Czech
  • Stanislaw Marusarz, ski jumper
  • Wojciech Fortuna, ski jumper

Swimming

  • Otylia Jedrzejczak
  • Bartosz Kizierowski
  • Michael Klim
  • Pawel Korzeniowski
  • Rafal Szukala
  • Artur Wojdat

Weightlifting

  • Waldemar Baszanowski
  • Mieczyslaw Nowak
  • Agata Wróbel
  • Marian Zielinski

Other Sports

  • Paul Slowinski, Muay Thai
  • Wojciech Fibak, tennis
  • Andrzej Grubba, table tennis
  • Sebastian Janikowski, American football
  • Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, tennis
  • Robert Kubica, racing driver
  • Mateusz Kusznierewicz, sailor
  • Piotr Markiewicz, canoeing
  • Pawel Nastula, judo
  • Aneta Pastuszka, canoeing
  • Mariusz Pudzianowski, strongman
  • Tomasz Sikora, biathlete
  • Piotr Wadecki, cyclist
  • Bogdan Wenta, handballer
  • Sobieslaw Zasada, racing driver