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Famous alumni of the Jagiellonian University (1364-2014)

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Famous alumni of the Jagiellonian University (1364-2014)

Jagiellonian University, best universitiesThis year, the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (UJ) celebrates the round 650th anniversary of its founding (1364). Jagiellonian University is the 2nd oldest institution of higher education in this part of Europe and has many famous alumni. Prominent graduates from UJ include celebrities, politicians, businessmen, sportsmen and others.

The Jagiellonian University belongs to Coimbra Group (an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard) and Europaeum.org (an organisation of 10 leading European universities). Below you can find the list of famous UJ alumni.

Rulers, politicians, diplomats:

* Pope John Paul II 1920-2005, Pope of the Catholic Church
* King Jan III Sobieski 1629–1696; monarch of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; victor of the Battle of Vienna
* Prince Adam Stefan Sapieha 1867-1951; cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church; senator of the Second Polish Republic
* Stanisław Koniecpolski appx. 1590–1646; military politician; Grand Hetman of the Crown
* Józef Cyrankiewicz 1911–1989; politician; prime minister of Poland 1947–1970
* Baabar (Bat-Erdeniin Batbayar) appx. 1954; Mongolian politician, political analyst and writer.
* Chaim Levanon 1899–1986; Israeli politician and mayor of Tel Aviv
* Jan Długosz 1415–1480; historian, diplomat
* Marcin Kromer 1512–1589; historian; diplomat; Prince-Bishop of Warmia
* Henryk Sławik 1894–1944; diplomat; designator of a Righteous Among the Nations for the rescue of Jews in World War II Hungary
* Kazimierz Papée 1889-1979; Polish Ambassador to the Holy See 1939–1958

Scientists, scholars:

* Nicolaus Copernicus 1473–1543; astronomer; promoter of heliocentrism
* Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski appx. 1503–1572; political thinker; “the father of Polish democracy”
* Norman Davies b. 1939; British historian
* Ignacy Łukasiewicz 1822-1882; pharmacist; deviser of the first method of distilling kerosene from seep oil
* Karol Olszewski 1846–1915; physicist; chemist; the first to liquefy oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
* Leo Sternbach 1908–2005; chemist; inventor of the benzodiazepine
* Wacław Sierpiński 1882–1969; mathematician
* Bronisław Malinowski 1884–1942; anthropologist
* Oskar Halecki 1891–1973; historian, social activist
* Saint John Cantius 1390–1473. theologian
* Laurentius Corvinus 1465–1527; humanist
* Francysk Skaryna appx. 1485–1540; pioneer of the Old Lithuanian Language
* Yuriy Drohobych (Jerzy Drohobycz) 1450-1494; rector of the University of Bologna; first publisher of a Ukrainian printed text
* Tadeusz Pankiewicz 1908–1993; pharmacist; Righteous Among the Nations
* Johannes Honter 1498-1549; humanist and theologian; implemented the Lutheran reform in Transylvania
* Alexander Imich 1903-; chemist, parapsychologist, the president of the Anomalous Phenomena Research Center in New York City
* Jacob of Juterbogk appx. 1381-1465; rector of  the University of Erfurt
* Irving King Jordan 1943-; the first deaf president of Gallaudet University
* Artur Ekert 1961-; physician; the inventors of quantum cryptography.

Writers, singers, actors, painters, film directors:

* Wisława Szymborska 1923-2012; poet; winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
* Ivo Andric 1892–1975; novelist; winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
* Jan Matejko 1838-1893; painter
* Krzysztof Zanussi b. 1939; film director
* Stanisław Lem 1921–2006; writer
* Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński 1874-1941; poet
* Jan Kochanowski 1530–1584; Polish nominal poet
* Arkady Fiedler 1894-1985; writer, journalist and adventurer
* Bartosz Paprocki appx. 1543-1614; writer; historiographer; poet
* Wincenty Pol 1807–1872; poet; geographer
* Bohdan Lepky 1872-1941; writer, poet
* Adam Obrubański 1892-1940; reporter, manager of the Polish National Team
* Paulo Szot appx. 1970; Polish-Brasilian opera singer; Broadway musical theatre actor

Businessmen:

* Wojciech Inglot 1955-2013; chemist; founder of INGLOT company
* Carl Menger 1840–1921; economist; lawyer; founder of the Austrian School of economics

More on:
– UJ in Krakow, Poland: http://www.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/
– UJ in London, United Kingdom: http://www.pon.uj.edu.pl/?lang=en

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