Who are the famous Poles in France and elsewhere? At least, the most famous Poles?
Which famous composer is of Polish origin? Who is famous in other matters? We will answer these questions.
Let's discover together the most famous men and women who come from Poland.
Among the famous Polish Jews, this filmmaker has left a real mark on the 7th art. Born in Paris and emigrated to Krakow as a child, he and his family were persecuted during the Nazi occupation.
After the war, he began studying cinema and ended up making a name for himself a little later with masterpieces such as Repulsion with Catherine Deneuve, The Fearless Vampire Killers and Rosemary's Baby.
Despite a personal drama with the murder of his wife Sharon Tate and a controversy about his private life, Roman Polanski has established an international career and is considered a great name in cinema.
If we talk about famous Polish writers and regarding to Polish books, Andrzej Sapkowski proudly appears with his literary series The Witcher, a worldwide success.
The author drew his inspiration from Slavic folklore to offer the tormented adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a supernatural being who hunts monsters.
The Witcher has also broken through in the field of video games, notably with the hit The Witcher 3, and then in the series incarnated by the now unavoidable actor Henry Cavill.
Among the famous Polish composers, he is undoubtedly the best known. Born of a French father and a Polish mother, Frederic Chopin established himself as a virtuoso pianist in the romantic style.
This genius left his mark on the 19th century with his modern technique and remains one of the most studied musicians, especially when it comes to the piano.
He is known for the Funeral March (posthumous), the Adagio of the Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 69.
When it comes to famous Polish scientists, Copernicus is one of the best known figures. Many people don't know it, but he was indeed from Poland!
This renowned astronomer was actually born in Toruń and took up and modernized an ancient thesis called heliocentrism, i.e. stipulating the rotation of the Earth around the sun and not vice versa.
This theory overturned the beliefs of the time, so much so that it is called the Copernican revolution and it clashed with religious certainties in its time, as that our planet would be the center of the universe.
Born Maria Salomea Skłodowska in Warsaw, this famous Polish woman distinguished herself alongside her husband Pierre Curie in the scientific field of physics and chemistry.
The Curie couple formed a renowned pairing, especially concerning research on radioactivity. After the death of her husband, Marie Curie continued her scientific work and remained an international figure.
She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize and the only one to be awarded this distinction twice.
Here is a national pride in Poland. A statue of this romantic poet even stands prominently in Krakow's main square.
Modern Polish literature owes him a great deal, and his new contribution and notoriety have earned him a teaching position at the Collège de France.
His best-known literary work is undoubtedly Pan Tadeusz (Sir Thaddeus).
Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in Wadowice, near Krakow and Katowice. Antinazi and then in opposition to the communist regime, he became an archbishop and then a cardinal.
Inducted as pope in 1978, he chose the name John Paul II and his pontificate lasted until 2005, almost 27 years. During this time, this pope was considered a truly influential and sympathetic international figure.
He was canonized in 2014 by Pope Francis.
Soccer is a very popular sport and perfectly integrated into Polish culture. The most popular Polish soccer player today is undoubtedly Robert Lewandowski.
After a somewhat slow start, he gradually established himself as a world-class center forward and plays for Bayern Munich nowadays.
When thinking of famous Polish artists, Beksiński would normally come quickly to mind.
Initially a foreman and then a photographic artist, he later became best known for his surreal, fantastic and horrific drawings and paintings. His unusual works evoke visions close to dystopia.
Zdzisław Beksiński was reputedly a homebody and never traveled abroad, which is quite rare for a renowned artist!
Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was both Polish and British. He first started a career as a sailor, then forced to give up, he devoted himself to literary life, especially in France, Switzerland and England.
His main works, resolutely modern, include the novels Nostromo and Lord Jim.
There are more famous Polish painters than one might think, but one in particular stands out.
Indeed, Jan Matejko, a native of Krakow, is a great name in Polish painting and was both comfortable as a portraitist or to illustrate the great events of Polish history.
Stańczyk is undoubtedly his best known oil painting.
Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski was born in the city of Biała Rawska and built up an exceptional physique to be able to compete in strength events.
"Super Mariusz" dominated the World's Strongest Man competition several times during the 2000s but has specialized in MMA fights for over 10 years.
Mariusz was capable of pulling over 400kg in the deadlift.
Born at the very end of the communist period in Poland, this professional tennis player with multiple titles won was considered one of the best Polish players.
After a 13-year career, she unfortunately had to stop competing due to recurring injuries. Agnieszka Radwańska still has a foot in the world of tennis, however, and has left a lasting impression and inspiration on the public.