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Famous Poles

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

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  • Bartlomiej Macieja chess grandmaster
  • Robert Mackowiak sprinter
  • Czeslaw Madajczyk historian
  • Henryk Magnuski telecommunications engineer
  • Janusz Magnuski author, military historian
  • Tomasz Majewski shot putter, Olympic medalist
  • Kazimierz Makarczyk chess master
  • Jerzy Makula pilot
  • Piotr Malachowski discus thrower, Olympic medalist
  • Jacek Malczewski painter
  • Bronislaw Malinowski anthropologist
  • Ernest Malinowski engineer
  • Adam Malysz ski jumper, Olympic medalist
  • Julian Marchlewski co-founder Polish Worker's Union
  • Leon Marchlewski chemist
  • Jozef Marcinkiewicz mathematician
  • Czeslaw " Chester " Marcol football player
  • Edward Marczewski mathematician
  • Piotr Markiewicz sprint canoer, Olympic medalist
  • Wladyslaw Markiewicz sociologist
  • Rudolph Mate cinematographer, film director
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski chemist
  • Renata Mauer sports shooter, Olympic medalist
  • Tadeusz Mazowiecki author, journalist, former prime minster
  • Marian Mazur electrical engineer
  • Przemyslaw Mazur rally co-driver
  • Stefan Mazurkiewicz mathematician
  • Jozef Mehoffer artist
  • Krzysztof Meyer composer, pianist, music scholar
  • Stanislaw Michalkiewicz political commentator, politician
  • Aleksander Michalowski pianist, pedagogue, composer
  • Adam Michnik journalist, editor
  • Ambrozy Mieroszewski painter
  • Mieszko I former duke of Poland
  • Mieszko II Lambert former king of Poland
  • Mieszko III the Old former senior duke of Poland
  • Grazyna Miller poet, translator
  • Leszek Miller former prime minister
  • Henry Millicer aircraft designer, pilot
  • Hilary Minc economist
  • Jan Miodek linguist
  • Ludwik Mlokosiewicz explorer, zoologist, botanist
  • Ralph Modjeski bridge designer, engineer
  • Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski scholar, humanist, theologian
  • Jan Andrzej Morsztyn poet
  • Zbigniew Morsztyn poet
  • Ignacy Moscicki chemist, former president
  • Leszek Mozdzer pianist, film music composer
  • Slawomir Mrozek dramatist, writer
  • Piotr Murdzia chess master
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  • Daniel Naborowski poet
  • Jan Nagorski aviator, engineer
  • Miguel Najdorf chess grand master
  • Adam Naruszewicz poet, translator, historian
  • Pawel Nastula judoka, Olympic medalist
  • Pola Negri actress
  • Marceli Nencki chemist, doctor
  • Eligiusz Niewiadomski painter, art critic
  • Dorota Nieznalska artist, sculptor
  • Georges Nomarski physicist, optics theoretician
  • Cyprian Norwid poet, dramatist, painter, sculptor
  • Zygmunt Noskowski composer, conductor
  • Mieczyslaw Nowak weightlifter, Olympic medalist
  • Franciszek Nowicki poet, mountaineer, activist
  • Jerzy Nowosielski painter, graphic artist, illustrator
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  • Julian Ochorowicz philosopher, psychologist, inventor
  • Andrew Odlyzko mathematician
  • Michal Kleofas Oginski composer, diplomat, politician
  • Leopold Okulicki army general
  • Daniel Olbrychski actor
  • Andrzej Olechowski politician
  • Josef Olechowski politician, lawyer
  • Zbigniew Olesnicki bishop, statesman
  • Karol Olszewski chemist, mathematician, physicist
  • Julian Konstanty Ordon army officer
  • Menachem Oren chess master, mathematician
  • Wladyslaw Orlicz mathematician
  • Aleksander Orlowski painter
  • Agnieszka Osiecka poet, writer
  • Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski writer, journalist, explorer
  • Maria Ossowska sociologist, social philosopher
  • Stanislaw Ossowski sociologist
  • Jerzy Owsiak journalist, broadcaster

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  • Dominika Paleta actress
  • Ludwika Paleta actress
  • Jozef Pankiewicz painter, graphic artist, pedagogue
  • Andrzej Panufnik composer, pianist, conductor
  • Artur Partyka high jumper, Olympic medalist
  • Jan Chryzostom Pasek nobleman, writer, memoirist
  • Login Pastusiak politician, historian
  • Stanislaw Patek lawyer, diplomat
  • Waldemar Pawlak former prime minister
  • Stefan Pawlicki priest, philosopher
  • Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska poet
  • Jerzy Pawlowski fencer, Olympic medalist
  • Bartlomiej Pekiel composer
  • Tadeusz Pelczynski army major general
  • Krzysztof Penderecki composer, conductor
  • Michael Alfred Peszke psychiatrist, historian
  • Jerzy Petersburski pianist, composer
  • Sebastian Petrycy philosopher
  • Svika Pick singer, composer
  • Krzysztof Piesiewicz lawyer, screenwriter, politician
  • Zbigniew Pietrzykowski boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Jadwiga Pilsudska pilot
  • Jozef Piotrowski organist
  • Jerzy Pniewski physicist
  • Wladyslaw Podkowinski painter, illustrator
  • Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski astronomer
  • Wincenty Pol poet, geographer
  • Piotr Poltorak guitarist
  • Sylwester Porowski physicist
  • Halina Poswiatowska poet, writer
  • Roman Ignacy Potocki nobleman
  • Waclaw Potocki nobleman, moralist, poet, writer
  • Beata Pozniak actress, film director
  • Adam Prazmowski astronomer
  • Zbigniew Preisner composer
  • Kazimierz Proszynski inventor
  • Ksawery Pruszynski journalist, publicist, writer, diplomat
  • Stanislaw Przespolewski painter
  • Jeremi Przybora poet, writer, actor, singer
  • Pawel Przytocki conductor
  • Jozef H. Przytycki mathematician
  • Krzysztof Ptak cinematographer, lecturer
  • Casimir Pulaski soldier, nobleman, politician
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  • Mikolaj Radomski composer
  • Agnieszka Radwanska tennis player
  • Stanislaw Radziszowski mathematician, computer scientist
  • Joanna Rajkowska artist
  • Iweta Rajlich chess master
  • Tadeus Reichstein chemist
  • Mikolaj Rej poet, writer, politician, musician
  • Marian Rejewski mathematician, enigma decrypter
  • Zbigniew Religa surgeon, politician
  • Samuel Reshevsky chess grand master
  • Jozef Retinger political adviser
  • Wladyslaw Reymont novelist, Nobel laureate
  • Henryk Rodakowski painter
  • Maria Rodziewiczowna novelist
  • Anna Rogowska pole vaulter, Olympic medalist
  • Dariusz Rosati politician
  • Jozef Rostafinski botanist
  • Wojciech Rostafinski engineer
  • Jozef Rotblat physics, Nobel laureate
  • Adam Daniel Rotfeld researcher, diplomat, politician
  • Gersz Rotlewi chess master
  • Tadeusz Rozewicz poet, writer
  • Piotr Rubik composer
  • Akiba Rubinstein chess grand master
  • Arthur Rubinstein pianist
  • Helena Rubinstein cosmetics industrialist, founder Helena Rubenstein, Inc.
  • Konrad Rudnicki astronomer
  • Zygmunt Rumel poet
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Poland's Information

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Land Area 304,255 km2
Water Area 8,430 km2
Total Area 312,685km2 (#69)
Population 38,523,261 (#34)
Population Density 126.62/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $1,050.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $27,700
Currency Zloty (PLN)
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.