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Famous Polish men and women
Magdalena Abakanowicz (born 1930) - sculptor, professor at the College of Fine Arts in Poznan, lecturer at the University of California. She has some 100 one-woman exhibitions to her name.
She has received many awards, including the Grand Culture Foundation Prize in 2001.
Adam Malysz (born 1977) - ski jumper. In the 2000/2001 season he had a wide array of astounding victories
In Predazzo in 2003 he won both gold medals.
He won the World Cup in 2000/2001, 2001/2002, and 2002/2003.
He brought back two medals from the Olympics in Salt Lake City: a silver and a bronze.
Agnieszka Holland (born 1948) - film, theatre and television director.
She is a member of the European Film Academy and was nominated for an Oscar for Bitter Harvest
Her best known films are: To Kill a Priest (1988), Europa, Europa (1990, Golden Globe), The Secret Garden (1994),
Andrzej Wajda (born 1926) - director, member of the Immortal Circle of the French Academy of Fine Arts.
His best films are: Canal 1957, won the Silver Palm award at Cannes, Promised land 1974, nominated for an Oscar, won awards in Gdansk and Moscow
Man of Iron (1981, Golden Palm at Cannes)
In 1996 he was awarded the Silver Bear award in Berlin. In 2001 the German president awarded him the Great Cross of Merit.
Czeslaw Milosz ( ) - poet, prose writer, essayist, translator.
Nobel Prize -winner in 1980 and Polish Nike Prize -winner in 1998 for The little wayside dog.
His most important collections of poetry are: Rescue 1945, Daylight 1953, A Treatise on Poetry, 1957, The City Without a Name 1969 That 2000
Frederic Chopin ( ) - pianist and the greatest Polish composer.
Spent most of his life abroad, amongst other places, in France.
He wrote his works especially for the piano, including concerts, sonatas, etudes, preludes, polonaises, mazurkas and waltzes.
His works had an enormous influence on the music of the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Nicolaus Copernicus ( ) - renowned astronomer.
He studied in Torun, Cracow and then in Bologna, Padova and Ferrara, where he earned a doctorate in canonical law.
As the first in modern times he developed a heliocentric theory of the Solar System.
He published his discoveries in the year of his death in the work On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres
Krzysztof Kieslowski ( ) - film director and script writer.
Ten Commandments I - X made in marked his permanent position in the film world (FIPRESCI award).
He had similar successes with The double life of Veronique 1991,
Three Colours: Blue won the Golden Lion in Venice, Three Colours: White Silver Bear in Berlin and Three Colours: Red nominated for an Oscar)
He won dozens of awards and distinctions for his work in film, for example the Felix from the European Film Academy
Marek Kaminski (born 1964) - traveller, in 1995 he was the first person to reach both poles: the North Pole on 23rd May 1995 and the South Pole on 27 Dec
Roman Polanski (born 1935) - actor, director, script writer, graduate of the Łódź Film School.
Knife in Water1962, Oscar nomination, FIPRESCI at Venice, Grand Prix at Prades
Rosemarys Baby 1968 Oscar nomination, Chinatown 1974, Golden Globe in Hollywood,
Tess 1980, Caesar Award for film and director,
Pirates 1986, Frantic 1988, The Pianist 2001, Golden Palm at Cannes.
He has been a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts since 1999.
Robert Korzeniowski (born 1968) - athlete. Twice Olympic 50 km walking champion, in 1996 and 2000, and 20 km champion in 2000.
Twice world 50 km walking champion (1997, 2001). A Council of Europe ambassador for tolerance and fair play.
Wislawa Szymborska (born 1923) - poet and literary critic.
Awarded Nobel Prize for literature in 1996
In 2001 she became an honorary member of the American Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, the most important American distinction awarded to renowned artists.
Her most important collections of verses are: View of a Grain of Sand 1996, Beginning and End 1993 and A Hundred Verses, a Hundred Joys 1997
Aleksander Wolszczan (born 1946) - astronomer.
He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Toruń University.
In 1990 he was the first to prove the existence of a planetary system in the Universe outside of our solar system.
John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła ( )
He was the first in the history of the Church to hold prayer meetings with all religions.
He opened up dialogue with the Jews.
He was on more than 200 foreign trips, several times to Poland.
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