SPARK FROM GDANSK

MATEUSZ KUSZNIEREWISZ

BORN 29 APRIL 1975

Polish Sailor, Gdańsk Ambassador. Double world champion in the finn class and Olympic champion in Atlanta, 1996. He also was awarded with bronze medal during Olympics in Athens, 2004.

LECH WALESA

BORN 29 SEPTEMBER 1943

Labor activist and later Polish president Lech Walesa helped form and lead (1980-1990) communist Poland’s first independent trade union, Solidarity. This Charismatic leader of millions of Polish workers, he went on to become the president of Poland (1990-1995). He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.

GUNTER GRASS

16 OCTOBER 1972 – 13 APRIL 2015

Poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and the recipient of Nobel Price in Literature. He is the best known for his first novel, The Tin Frum (1959), a key text in European magic realism. It was the first book of his Gdańsk Trilogy, the other two being Cat and Mouse and Dog Years. The Tin Drum was adapted to a film with the same name, which won both the 1979 Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1999 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, praising him as a writer ‘whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history’

ARTUR SHOPENHAER

22 FEBRUARY 1788 – 21 SEPTEMBER 1860

Philosopher, best known for 1818 work The World as Will and Representation, in which he characterizes the phenomenal world, and consequently all human action, as the product of a blind, insatiable, and malignant metaphysical will. Proceeding from the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant, Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that has been described as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism, rejecting the contemporaneous post-Kantian philosophies of German idealism.

JOHANNES HEVELIUS

28 JANUARY 1611 – 28 JANURARY 1687

Councilor and mayor of Gdańsk. As a astronomer he gained reputation as the founder of lunar topography and described ten new constellations, seven of which are still being recognized by astronomers. In Gdansk there is now a science center Hewelianum to honor the astronomer.

MAREK KAMINSKI

24 MARCH 1964

Polar explorer, writer. He is the first person to walk both North and South Pole solo and unsupported. He also crossed longest Polish river Vistula upstream kayaking.

LESZEK MOŻDŻER

23 MARCH 1971

Polish Jazz pianist, music producer and film composer. Winning award jazz pianist famous for interpretations of Chopin’s compositions.

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