/ Famous Polish people (that we have actually heard of)
We're having serious deficit of famous Polish people.
The source of this problem is really trivial - there are no famous people, because we have no Hollywood here.
Not, at all.
There's a HUGE difference between GREAT MAN/GENIUS and FAMOUS man.
Nowaydays being famous is all about entertainment or making cash or living large or evertyhing at once. There is no place for great geniuses. Almost ALL of them work in corporations (usually American ones). And recent man have no idea who they are and whey they do.
Make an experiment.
Open Your notepad and type 30 WORLD famous people from You country in 60 seconds.
I'm SURE there will be maybe 1 writer, maybe 1 painter, maybe 1 president (if You are from the USA I'm sure everybody knows what's his name, BUT it's not working in other countries, who cares who's the president of Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy? nobody), maybe a few famous sportsmen (not much actually, because the USA doesn't care about soccer and Europe has no idea about baseball or hockey).
You will MAYBE put the painter, writer, president on the list. If You're from the USA and they were not rich I guess You won't (because there were too many famous people in the history of the USA, I'm writing that because I'm sure everobody from Spain will type Antonio Gaudi here).
I'm SURE some of You (just some) will put a name of scientist.
THE REST will be musicans, movie stars, celebrities etc.!
So talking about WORLD-FAMOUS people is ridiculous, because nowaydays being famous doesn't mean anything.
It's enough to have rich dad and living large like Paris Hilton.
Or sing like Avril Lavigne (she was a girl, he was a boy... nanana... gimme banana...)
Or plays like Jessica Alba (is she a good actress? no, she's noone, she's just hot and cute!).
People like the ones above will fill 90% of the lists of 90% of people!
So if You want to talk about famous Polish people, I will answer:
some think that John The Ripper was from Poland.