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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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  • Stanislaw Ruziewicz mathematician
  • Zbigniew Rybczynski filmmaker
  • Jerzy Rybicki boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Lucjan Rydel poet, playwright
  • Czeslaw Ryll-Nardzewski mathematician
  • Jaroslaw Marek Rymkiewicz poet, essayist, dramatist, literary critic
  • Kazimierz Rymut linguistic
  • Henryk Rzewuski journalist, novelist
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  • Kazimierz Sabbat former president in exile
  • Pinchas Sadeh poet, novelist
  • Stanislaw Saks mathematician
  • Adam Stefan Sapieha bishop, archbishop, cardinal
  • Andrzej Sapkowski writer
  • Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski poet
  • Jacek Saryusz-Wolski politician, diplomat
  • Wilhelm Sasnal painter
  • Boguslaw Schaeffer composer, musicologist, graphic artist
  • Leon Schiller theater director, film director
  • Wlodzimierz Schmidt chess grand master
  • Izabella Scorupco actress, singer
  • Tadeusz Sendzimir engineer, inventor
  • Kazimierz Serocki composer
  • Janusz Sidlo javelin thrower, Olympic medalist
  • Joanna Siedlecka writer, reporter
  • Lucjan Siemienski poet, prose writer, literary critic
  • Henryk Sienkiewicz journalist, novelist, Nobel laureate
  • Waclaw Sierpinski mathematician
  • Radoslaw Sikorski politician, journalist
  • Roman Sikorski mathematician
  • Wladyslaw Sikorski military leader, political leader
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer author, Nobel Laureate
  • Boleslaw Skarzynski biologist
  • Kamila Skolimowska hammer thrower, Olympic medalist
  • Jerzy Skolimowski film director
  • Jozef Skrzek composer
  • Aleksander Skrzynski former prime minister
  • Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek pentathlete, Olympic medalist
  • Krzysztof Skubiszewski politician
  • Przemyslaw Skwirczynski cinematographer
  • Wladyslaw Slebodzinski mathematician
  • Bogdan Sliwa chess master
  • Antoni Slonimski poet, playwright, journalist, prose writer
  • Tadeusz Slusarski pole vaulter, Olympic medalist
  • Antoni Jozef Smieszek linguist, egyptologist
  • Jan Mikolaj Smogulecki nobleman, politician, missionary, scholar
  • Jan Sniadecki mathematician, philosopher, astronomer
  • Jedrzej Sniadecki writer, physician, chemist, biologist
  • Piotr Sobocinski cinematographer
  • Monika Socko chess master
  • Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski mathematician
  • Romuald Spasowski politician
  • Pawel Spiewak sociologist, historian, author, former politican
  • Julian Stachiewicz army officer, historian, writer
  • Judwiga Staniszkis sociologist, political scientist, essayist
  • Tomasz Stanko trumpeter, composer, improviser
  • Allan Starski production designer, art director, set designer
  • Stefan Starzynski economist, writer, statesman
  • Kazik Staszewski singer, songwriter, musician
  • Stanislaw Staszic philosopher, statesman, geologist, poet
  • Henryk Stazewski painter
  • Justyna Steczkowska singer, songwriter
  • Hugo Steinhaus mathematician
  • Andrzej Stelmachowski politician
  • Anatol Stern poet, writer, art critic
  • Robert Stiller poet, writer, translator, editor
  • Zygmunt Stojowski pianist, composer
  • Jozef Stolorz painter
  • Wlodzimierz Stozek mathematician
  • Maciej Stryjkowski historian, writer, poet
  • Pawel Edmund Strzelecki explorer, geologist
  • Tomasz Strzembosz historian, writer
  • Wladyslaw Strzeminski painter
  • Jerzy Stuhr actor, director
  • Edward Sucharda chemist, engineer
  • Tadeusz Sulimirski historian, archaeologist
  • Jozef Supinski philosopher, jurist, sociologist, economist
  • Aleksander Swietochowski writer, philosopher
  • Wojciech Swietoslawski chemist, physicist
  • Robert Sycz rower, Olympic medalist
  • Jozef Szajna sculptor, stage designer, theatre director
  • Waclaw of Szamotuly composer
  • Jozef Kalasanty Szaniawski philosopher, politician
  • Aleksander Szeligowski composer, conductor
  • Jan Szembek diplomat, count
  • Wladyslaw Szpilman pianist, composer
  • Stanislaw Szukalski painter, sculptor
  • Slawomir Szwedowski economist
  • Zygmunt Szweykowski historian
  • Arthur Szyk book illustrator, caricaturist
  • Jan Szylling scholastic philosopher
  • Waclaw Szymanowski painter, sculptor
  • Pawel Szymanski composer
  • Wislawa Szymborska poet, essayist, translator
  • Maria Szyszkowska writer, politican
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  • Alfred Tarski mathematician, logician
  • Wladyslaw Tatarkiewicz philosopher, historian
  • Jean Taubenhaus chess master
  • Rafal Taubenschlag law historian
  • Janusz Tazbir historian
  • Michel Thomas linguist
  • Jozef Tischner priest, philosopher
  • Olga Tokarczuk writer
  • Henryk Tomaszewski mime
  • Mikolaj Traba former primate of Poland
  • Andrzej Trybulec mathematician, computer scientist
  • Wlodzimierz Trzebiatowski chemist
  • Donald Tusk prime minister
  • Joseph Tykocinski-Tykociner engineer, pioneer sound-on-film
  • Leopold Tyrmand writer
U - V
  • Kornel Ujejski poet, patriot, political writer
  • Moshe Vilenski composer, lyricist, pianist
W
  • Andrzej Wajda film director
  • Stanislawa Walasiewicz athlete, Olympic medalist
  • Lech Walesa former president
  • Piotr S. Wandycz historian
  • Bernard Wapowski historian
  • Ludwik Warynski politician, socialist, activist
  • Aleksander Wat poet, writer, art theoretician
  • Tadeusz Wazewski mathematician
  • Max Weber artist
  • Wojciech Weiss artist
  • Edward Werner economist, judge, industrialist, politician
  • Jande Weryha-Wysoczanski sculptor
  • Wladyslaw Weryho social activist, philosopher
  • Henryk Wieniawski violinist, composer
  • Stanislaw Wigura aircraft designer, aviator
  • Roman Wilhelmi actor
  • Wanda Wilkomirska violinist
  • Michal Wiszniewski philosopher, psychologist, literary historian
  • Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz playwright, novelist, philosopher
  • Stefan Witwicki poet
  • Wladyslaw Witwicki philosopher, psychologist, translator, historian
  • Piotr Wiwczarek musician, singer
  • Wladyslaw I the Elbow-high former King
  • Wladyslaw II Jagiellon former King
  • Wladyslaw III of Varna former King
  • Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski sociologist
  • Stanislaw Wojciechowski former president
  • Karol Jozef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) former Pope
  • Lucjan Wolanowski journalist, translator
  • Mieczyslaw Wolfke physicist

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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.