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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

Actor, stage director, theatrical manager (entrepreneur) and author, considered to be the founding father of the Polish theatre. He wrote several plays, incl. Cud mniemany, czyli Krakowiacy i Górale [‘The Pretended Miracle, or, Krakovians and Highlanders’] and Henryk VI na łowach [‘Henry VI A’Hunting’] and translated some eighty comedies, tragedies, dramas and operatic libretti.

Philologist, industrialist, social and political activist. Removed from his post as a teacher, he opened in 1846 a farming tools shop at the Bazar and subsequently, a repair shop which later on grew to become a considerable-sized factory of farm tools and machinery.

An economic and cultural activist. A general. Born in 1788 in Turwia (Turew nowadays) in Kościan county. He started earning his military ranks in Prussian army and began the active military service in Napoleon?s Guard of Honor.

A social and political activist. Born in 1829 in Kórnik. Educated in Berlin and Paris. In 1857 he and his wife, Izabella Czartoryska, moved to Gołuchów (the county of Pleszew) where he collected art (among other things, the most splendid is the amazing collection of antique greek vases).

A political and cultural activist and publisher. Born in 1796 in Poznań. He studied liberal studies in Berlin and Paris and then in Technology School, Prague.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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