Famous Belarusians

Belarusian Educators and Enlighteners

Francisk Skorina 

Francisk Skorina was an eminent personality in the Belarusian culture of the 16th century. As the founder of Belarusian and East Slavic printing, Skorina’s versatile activities significantly contributed to the development of the Slavic community. As a scientist, a writer, a translator, an artist, Doctor of Philosophy and Medicine, a humanist and an educator, Francis Skorina had a profound impact on many domains of the Belarusian culture. He translated and published into Belarusian 23 books of the Bible.

Euphrosyne of Polotsk

After becoming a nun, she founded women’s and men’s monasteries. Euphrosyne of Polotsk replenished the Library of St. Sophia Cathedral and was keeping Polotsk chronicle. She rewrote books, chronicled the history of her homeland, translated from Greek and Latin, wrote poems and became the first Belarusian patroness of arts.

Simeon of Polotsk

Simeon of Polotsk was one the greatest Belarusian enlighteners in the Slavic culture. He was known as a monk, public and church figure, theologian, teacher and educator, poet and writer. His versatile interests and activities made him closely-related to the eminent personalities of the Renaissance epoch.

Symon Budny

Symon Budny was a well-known preacher of the 16th century, humanist, enlightener and church reformer. He printed the New Testament and was one of the first ideologists promoting the Belarusian culture in its mother tongue.

Education and Science

Sophia Kovalevskaya

Sophia Kovalevskaya was the first world-known female professor of mathematics. She came from a noble Belarusian family. Her works were devoted to mathematical analysis, mechanics and astronomy.

Alexander Chizhevsky

A reputable scientist who researched biological influence of the Sun and the Universe, studied the ratio of solar activity, coinciding with the war periods in the history of humanity.

Pavel Sukhoi

An aircraft designer, inventor, one of the creators of jet and supersonic aviation, author of fifty original aircraft designs, with over thirty of them built and tested.

Zhores Alferov

One of the most prominent scientists in the field of physics and technology of semiconductors. His scholar works have gained world-wide popularity and recognition. The author of over 500 scientific works, including 3 monographs, and the creator of  more than 50 inventions. A Nobel Laureate in Physics.

Politics

Iosif Goshkevich

A diplomat, orientalist scholar, traveler, the author of the world’s first Japanese-Russian dictionary. The insects he studied and the bay in North Korea (Chosanman) were named after him.

Miсhal Kleofas Oginski

A diplomat, politician, participant of the Kościuszko Uprising, talented composer. The author of the famous “Farewell to the Motherland” polonaise composed in Zalesye, Oginski family’s estate in Grodno region.

Arts

Marc Chagall

One of the most eminent  representatives of avant-garde art in painting, a graphic artist, illustrator, stage designer, poet, master of applied and monumental arts.

Svetlana Alexievich

A Belarusian writer and journalist, the author of the books «War’s Unwomanly Face», «The Last Witnesses», «Zinky Boys», «Enchanted by Death», «Chernobyl Prayer», «Solo for a Child’s Voice», «Secondhand Time».
In 2015 Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature «for her many-voiced creativity as a monument to suffering and courage of our time».

 

Vladimir Mulyavin

A bright performer, composer and arranger, collector of the Belarusian folklore, the creator of the legendary group Pesniary (1970). Vladimir Mulyavin’s popularity flourished in the Soviet Union for many years. He was the People’s Artist of the BSSR and the USSR, the Chevalier of the Order of Francisk Skorina (2001). The name of Vladimir Mulyavin, who became a Belarusian by spirit, not by birth, was immortalized on the Star Square in Moscow (2001) and in the capital of Slavianski Bazaar  festival in Vitebsk.

Sports

Vitaliy Shcherbo

 

A Belarusian athlete (gymnastics). The champion of the XXV Olympic Games (1992, Spain). A Bronze winner of the XXVI Olympics (1996, USA). 14 time world champion, 10 time European champion. The winner of the Goodwill Games (1990, USA) and Student Games champion (1993, 1995). The world’s best athlete of the decade (1991–2000).

 

Maxim Mirny

Maxim Mirny is the most famous Belarusian tennis player, who won a series of international awards in doubles and contributed to the best Belarusian national team ranking in the Davis Cup.

Victoria Azarenko

A famous Belarusian tennis player, the winner of the biggest world tournaments, the Olympic champion, the ex-first racket of the world in singles. In January 2012, for the first time in her career Victoria Azarenko topped the rating of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). At the 2012 Olympics in London, she won a gold medal in a mixed race (paired with Maxim Mirny) and a bronze one in singles.

Daria Domracheva

4 time Olympic champion, 2 time world champion (2012 and 2013). The Biathlon Award named the Belarusian athlete the best biathlonist of 2010, and on the day of winning her third gold medal at the Games of 2014, Daria was awarded the title «Hero of Belarus».

 

Alexey Grishin

A freestyler, who brought the first gold of the Winter Olympic Games (Vancouver 2010) in the history of Belarus as an independent state, the bronze medalist of the Olympics in Salt Lake City (2002).