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Famous Poles

Guess these well-known Poles and people of Polish origin
Quiz by Thorvald
Last updated: February 5, 2015
First submittedFebruary 5, 2015
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Pope of the Catholic Church 1978-2005
John Paul II
First woman to win a Nobel Prize, discovered polonium and radium
Maria Skłodowska-Curie
Renaissance astronomer, author of the first non-ancient heliocentric model of the universe
Mikołaj Kopernik
U.S. Brigadier General during Revolutionary War, "father of the American cavalry"
Kazimierz Pułaski
Piano composer and virtuoso of the Romantic era
Fryderyk Chopin
Author of the "Heart of Darkness" and "Lord Jim"
Joseph Conrad
Murderer of the US President William McKinley
Leon Czolgosz
Founder of the cosmetics giant, popularised the term "make-up"
Max Factor
Founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
Founder of Tesco supermarkets
Jack Cohen
1956-61 President of Brazil
Juscelino Kubitschek
Mathematician and cryptologist who solved the German "Enigma" machine
Marian Rejewski
Mononymous American pianist and entertainer of Polish-Italian roots
Writer of the "Asterix", "Lucky Luke" and "Iznogoud" comic books
Rene Goscinny
Film director: "Rosemary's Baby", "Chinatown", "The Pianist" (Best Director Academy Award winner)
Roman Polański
Founding member and keyboardist of The Doors
Ray Manzarek
Ted Kaczynski
Founder of "Solidarity" trade union, Nobel Peace Prize 1983, President of Poland 1990-95
Lech Wałęsa
Coach of the men's basketball USA national team since 2006 and Duke University team
Mike Krzyzewski
Co-founder of Apple Inc.
Steve Wozniak
Creators and directors of "The Matrix" trilogy
The Wachowskis
Leader of the UK Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition (since 2010)
Ed Miliband
German footbal striker, World Cup overall top scorer (16 goals)
Miroslav Klose
Tight end for New England Patriots (NFL), first tight end to lead the league in receiving touchdowns (2011)
Rob Gronkowski
American actress and model, appeared in the music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and in the "Gone Girl" movie
Emily Ratajkowski
level 77
Aug 29, 2015
Hi Thorvald.
Yes, I'm on my very long trip right now. I haven't yet made it to Poland on this trip, but I was there before in 2004. I spent a little time in Warsaw and Lublin and about a week around Hel, Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot. Plus a side trip to Malbork.
My main impression of Poland was that the people there were very friendly. I made some good friends and had a lot of good experiences because of this. Hel was pleasant. Gdansk was pretty. Warsaw- a little depressing, but not so bad for big Eastern European cities. The food was good. And of course the women are very beautiful. I'm looking forward to going back.
level 77
Nov 8, 2016
I went back. My return to Hel and Warsaw was extremely emotional for me, I wasn't expecting that. I left a token of my visit in Hel. Don't want to get into much more detail as it's a bit personal. Going back to Lublin was somewhat disappointing. I found the person I was looking for there but she didn't want to see me. I visited Cracow for the first time. It was a very pretty city but so full of obnoxious drunken Irish tourists that this kind of ruined it. One of the most sleepless nights in a hostel I've ever had there. My visit to Auschwitz the next day was powerful and chilling, though. Overall quite an experience.
level 65
Nov 9, 2016
Oh, that's a pity you didn't let me know when you were coming to Cracow. I live here now so I could show you around the city or have some beers with you. Come back to the city in spring or summer - it's even prettier with all the parks thriving full of life. I hope you will come back to Poland again. There are so many places to visit that basically anyone can find something interesting. And if you'd like, let me know in advance, so maybe we could meet :)
level 77
Aug 29, 2015
Also, maybe you should accept Copernicus for Kopernik? Spelling is hard enough on this quiz as it is! :)
level 77
Aug 30, 2015
I'm the first one to get Emily. That girl is unbelievably hot.