Who are some famous people from Belarus?

1) Barbara Radziwill

Grand Duchess, Queen of Poland

2) Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Born in Belarus in 1746, Kosciuszko is considered a national hero in America, Belarus and Poland for his leadership in the American Revolutionary War and the uprising against Imperial Russia and the Prussian Empire in 1794.

3) Ignat Domejko

Born in Belarus in 1802. Domejko was a well-known geologist who spent most of his life in Chile where he became a national hero. He is officially recognised by UNESCO for his achievements.

4)Zhores Alferov

Born in Vitebsk in 1930, Alferov won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2000.

5) Louis Burt Mayer

Born in Minsk in 1885. Cinematographer Luis Bart Mayer is best known as one of founders of the Hollywood film studio "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer".

6) Chaim Wiezman

Born in Belarus in the small village near Pinsk in 1874. Haim Weizman was an outstanding chemist who gave lectures in Switzerland and Great Britain. As an active Zionist he was selected as a first president of Israel (1949) and remained at this post until his death (1952).

7) Francysk Skaryna

Born in Polotsk in 1486. Skaryna is most famous in Belarus for translating the Bible into Belarusian.

8) Saint Euphrosyne

Born in the 12th century, Euphrosyne is considered the patron saint of Belarus. Descended from a noble family, she became a nun at the age of 12 and spent her life helping the poor and building churches and monasteries across Belarus. She died on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and her relics were returned to Belarus in 1910.

9) Maxim Mirnyi

Maxim Mirnyi is the most famous Belarusian tennis player. He has won a series of international doubles titles and has led the Belarus national team to its best-ever result in the Davis Cup.

10) Victoria Azarenka

Women's Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 1, April 2012.

11) Darya Domracheva

The bronze medalist in the women's 15km individual race at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The winner of the Biathlon Award 2010 (Female Athlete of the Year).