Famous Polish Scientists and Explorers

Posted by Szymon Chmiel | November 28, 2016
Famous Polish scientists and explorers

Famous Polish scientists and explorers

Many of world-renowned scientists were born in Poland. Perhaps you already heard about some of them, but still reading this article you definitely will learn something new!

 

Mikołaj Kopernik

Mikolaj Kopernik

If you have not heard about this guy then you may have a serious backlog in science! You may even think that the sun revolves around the earth. At least, most people in the world thought so, until Kopernik proved that it is the other way around. Beyond astronomy, Kopernik was also involved in mathematics, law, economics, military strategy, astrology, was also a doctor and a translator. As you can see, he was a true renaissance man.

 

Maria Curie-Skłodowska

Marie and Pierre Curie[source]

Born in Warsaw, Maria Curie-Skłodowska was a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. Her discovery of the radioactive element radium has made a big step in the development of atomic physics and cancer therapy. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences (physicist and chemist).

 

Henryk Arctowski

Henryk Arctowski[source]

Henryk Arctowski was a famous geophysicist, geographer, traveler and polar explorer. Throughout his life, he published more than 400 scientific papers, presenting the results of polar research and describing the course of expeditions. As a result, he gained respect and fame all over the world.

 

Ernest Malinowski

Ferrocarril Central Andino[source]

You might have heard about the Ferrocarril Central Andino. If not, let us  explain – Ferrocarril Central Andino is the railway line connecting the Atlantic coast to the interior of Peru. Back then (1870) it was thought as an impossible to achieve, but construction went up, and the train rides on it all the time. Until now, it was the world’s highest located stretch of track. For the design and execution of this engineering miracle responsible is a Pole – Ernest Malinowski.

We hope you enjoy this article. Write below if you heard about any of these Polish scientists. Cheers and have a great day!

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