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Fr. Jakub Wujek, who produced the first Polish translation of the bible, came from Wągrowiec in Wielkopolska. He was also the first rector of the Poznań Jesuit College.

Significant citizens

A German scholar, doctor and bacteriologist. He was born in Clausthal-Zellerfeld in 1843, raised in a large family and after finishing his studies started his medical practice. He took part in the Prussia's victorious war against France of 1870-1871.

Archaeologist, founder of so-called Poznań Prehistoric School. He has bequeathed an impressive scientific legacy, with a focus on the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as on the outset of Slavdom. He ran many excavation work projects, including at Biskupin, in Gniezno and Poznań.

Army general and political activist. Partook in the U.S.’s Secession War of 1861–1865. Author of memories of his stay in America during the War [Wspomnienia z pobytu w Ameryce podczas wojny 1861-1864] (published in the Warsaw weekly Kłosy).

Composer, conductor and journalist. Author of twenty-two operas, he is considered the father of Polish national opera. His oeuvre moreover includes symphonies, concerti, fugues, variations, dances and, primarily, patriotic songs, such as Mazur Chłopickiego.

King of Poland, Duke of Lorraine and Barrois. Voivode of Poznań since 1699. Organised the Wielkopolska Confederation against Augustus II. Elected King of Poland in 1704.

Bishop of Poznań, patron, diplomat. In 1518/1519, he established at the Poznań’s Ostrów Tumski (‘Cathedral Isle’) a secondary school, later on named the Lubrański Academy, which pursued tertiary-education ambitions.

Medical doctor, national and social activist, advocate of the ‘organic labour’ concept. He started his private practice in Poznań as a surgeon, gynaecologist and obstetrician, in parallel to his employment with a municipal hospital.

Son of Siemomysł, Mieszko I was the first historically recognised Duke of Poland, and the founder of Poland as a state.

Political activist, participant of the Wielkopolskie Uprising of 1918/1919. Once back from the battlefield, he cultivated a farmland. Mikołajczyk started his political activity in 1922, becoming member of the Polish Peasants’ Party ‘Piast’. Appointed Prime Minister of the Polish-Government-in-Exile during WW2.

Composer, conductor, organist and teacher of music. He has established and managed several choirs in Poznań. Nowowiejski practised almost all forms of instrumental music. Excelling amongst his works is the tune of the Rota [The Oath] song, with the lyrics by Maria Konopnicka.