100 Greatest Romanians

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Stephen the Great, comemmorated on some stamps from 2004), the winner of the contest

In 2006, Romanian Television (Televiziunea Română, TVR) conducted a vote to determine whom the general public considered the 100 Greatest Romanians of all time, in a version of the British TV show 100 greatest Britons. The resulting series, Great Romanians (Mari Români), included individual programmes on the top ten, with viewers having further opportunities to vote after each programme. It concluded with a debate. On 21 October, TVR announced that the "greatest Romanian of all time" according to the voting was Stephen the Great.

The list[edit]

  1. Carol I (1839 – 1914) - the first Romanian ruler of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty (1866 - 1914), the first King of Romania (since 1881) after the country acquired full independence under his leadership
  2. Mihai Eminescu (1850 – 1889) - late Romantic poet, widely considered to be the most influential Romanian poet
  3. Mihai Viteazul (1558 – 1601) - Prince of Wallachia, he achieved the first union of Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia (the three principalities largely inhabited by Romanians)
  4. Richard Wurmbrand (1909 – 2001) - evangelical Christian minister, author and educator who spent a total of fourteen years in communist prison
  5. Ion Antonescu (1882 – 1946) - the prime minister and leader of Romania during World War II
  6. Mircea Eliade (1907 – 1986) - researcher and professor of the history of religions, Orientalist and novelist
  7. Alexandru Ioan Cuza (1820 – 1873) - the first ruler of the United Principalities of Romania after the union of Moldavia and Wallachia in 1859; his reforms started the modernization of Romania
  8. Constantin Brâncuşi (1876 – 1957) - famous modern sculptor
  9. Nadia Comăneci (1961 – ) - gymnast, winner of five Olympic gold medals, and the first to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event
  10. Nicolae Ceauşescu (1918 – 1989) - last communist president of Romania
  11. Vlad Ţepeş (1431 – 1476) - Prince of Wallachia
  12. Henri Coandă (1886 – 1972) - inventor and aerodynamics pioneer
  13. Gheorghe Hagi (1965 – ) - football player
  14. Ion Luca Caragiale (1852 – 1912) - playwright and short story writer
  15. Nicolae Iorga (1871 – 1940) - historian, writer, and politician
  16. Constantin Brâncoveanu (1654 – 1714) - Prince of Wallachia
  17. George Enescu (1881 – 1955) - composer and musician
  18. Gregorian Bivolaru (1952 – ) - founder of MISA yoga organization
  19. Mirel Rădoi (1980 – ) - football player
  20. Corneliu Zelea Codreanu (1899 – 1938) - leader of a Romanian nationalist movement during the 30s
  21. Nicolae Titulescu (1882 – 1941) - diplomat, president of the League of Nations
  22. Ferdinand I of Romania (1865 – 1927) - King of Romania during World War I
  23. Mihai I (1921 – ) - last King of Romania before communist period
  24. Decebalus (87 – 106) - last King of Dacia before Roman conquest
  25. Traian Băsescu (1951 – ) - politician, President of Romania
  26. Gheorghe Mureşan (1971 – ) - NBA basketball player
  27. Ion I. C. Brătianu (1864 – 1927) - liberal politician, Prime Minister of Romania for five terms
  28. Răzvan Lucescu (1969 – ) football player and football club manager
  29. Nicolae Paulescu (1869 – 1931) - physiologist, the discoverer of insulin
  30. Iuliu Maniu (1873 – 1953) - politician
  31. Iuliu Hossu (1885 – 1970) - Greek-Catholic bishop, victim of the communist regime
  32. Emil Cioran (1911 – 1995) - philosopher, writer, and essayist
  33. Avram Iancu (1824 – 1872) - leader of the 1848 revolution in Transylvania
  34. Burebista (? – 44 BC) - King of Dacia
  35. Marie of Romania (1875 – 1938) - Queen of Romania
  36. Petre Ţuţea (1902 – 1991) - philosopher, victim of the communist regime
  37. Corneliu Coposu (1914 – 1995) - politician, victim of the communist regime
  38. Aurel Vlaicu (1882 – 1913) - inventor, aviation pioneer
  39. Iosif Trifa (1888 – 1938) - Eastern Orthodox priest, founder of the "Oastea Domnului" ("Lord's Army") Christian organisation
  40. Nichita Stănescu (1933 – 1983) - poet and essayist
  41. Ion Creangă (1837 – 1889) - writer
  42. Mădalina Manole (1967 – ) - pop singer
  43. Corneliu Vadim Tudor (1949 – ) - strongly nationalistic politician, writer and journalist; founder and leader of the Greater Romania party
  44. Traian Vuia (1872 – 1950) - inventor, aviation pioneer
  45. Lucian Blaga (1895 – 1961) - poet, playwright, and philosopher
  46. George Emil Palade (1912 – 2008) - cell biologist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (1974)
  47. Ana Aslan (1897 – 1988) - biologist, physician and inventor, the author of essential research in gerontology
  48. Adrian Mutu (1979 – ) - football player
  49. Florin Piersic (1936 – ) - theater and film actor
  50. Mihail Kogălniceanu (1817 – 1891) - politician and historian, first Prime Minister of the United Principalities of Romania
  51. Iancsi Korossy (1926 – 2013) - jazz pianist
  52. Dimitrie Cantemir (1673 – 1723) - Prince of Moldavia and prolific man of letters
  53. Ilie Năstase (1946 – ) - tennis player
  54. Gheorghe Zamfir (1941 – ) - musician, pan flute player
  55. Gică Petrescu (1915 – 2006) - musician, folk and pop music composer and singer
  56. Elisabeta Rizea (1912 – 2003) - anti-communist partisan
  57. Bulă (fictional) - a stock character of Romanian jokes
  58. Amza Pellea (1931 – 1983) - theater and film actor
  59. Matei Corvin (1443 (?) – 1490) - King of Hungary
  60. Mircea cel Bătrân (1355 – 1418) - Prince of Wallachia
  61. Titu Maiorescu (1840 – 1917) - literary critic and politician
  62. Toma Caragiu (1925 – 1977) - theater and film actor
  63. Mihai Trăistariu (1979 – ) - pop singer
  64. Andreea Marin (1974 – ) - TV show host
  65. Emil Racoviţă (1868 – 1947) - biologist, speleologist and explorer of Antarctica
  66. Victor Babeş (1854 – 1926) - biologist and early bacteriologist, one of the founders of microbiology
  67. Nicolae Bălcescu (1819 – 1852) - leader of the 1848 Wallachian Revolution
  68. Horia-Roman Patapievici (1957 – ) - writer and essayist
  69. Ion Iliescu (1930 – ) - first President of Romania after the 1989 revolution
  70. Marin Preda (1922 – 1980) - novelist
  71. Eugen Ionescu (1909 – 1994) - playwright, one of the initiators of the theatre of the absurd
  72. Dumitru Stăniloae (1903 – 1993) - Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian
  73. Alexandru Todea (1905 – 2002) - Greek-Catholic bishop, victim of the communist regime
  74. Tudor Gheorghe (1945 – ) - singer and theater actor
  75. Ion Ţiriac (1939 – ) - tennis player and businessman
  76. Ilie Cleopa (1912 – 1998) - Eastern Orthodox archimandrite
  77. Arsenie Boca (1910 – 1989) - Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian, victim of the communist regime
  78. Bănel Nicoliţă (1985 – ) - football player
  79. Dumitru Cornilescu (1891 – 1975) - Eastern Orthodox, then Protestant priest, translated the Bible into Romanian in 1921
  80. Grigore Moisil (1906 – 1973) - mathematician and computing pioneer
  81. Claudiu Niculescu (1976 – ) - football player
  82. Florentin Petre (1976 – ) - football player
  83. Marius Moga (1981 – ) - pop music composer and singer
  84. Nicolae Steinhardt (1912 – 1989) - writer
  85. Laura Stoica (1967 – 2006) - pop and rock singer, composer and actress
  86. Cătălin Hâldan (1976 – 2000) - football player
  87. Anghel Saligny (1854 – 1925) - engineer
  88. Ivan Patzaichin (1949 – ) - flatwater canoer who won seven Olympic medals
  89. Maria Tănase (1913 – 1963) - traditional and popular music singer
  90. Sergiu Nicolaescu (1930 – 2013) - film director, actor and politician
  91. Octavian Paler (1926 – 2007) - essayist
  92. Eroul Necunoscut - the Unknown Hero
  93. Ciprian Porumbescu (1853 – 1883) - composer
  94. Nicolae Covaci (1947 – ) - founder of the Phoenix rock band
  95. Dumitru Prunariu (1952 – ) - first Romanian cosmonaut
  96. Iancu de Hunedoara (c. 1387 – 1456) - Voivode of Transylvania, captain-general and regent of the Kingdom of Hungary
  97. Constantin Noica (1909 – 1987) - philosopher and essayist
  98. Badea Cârţan (1849 – 1911) - a shepherd who fought for the independence of the Romanians of Transylvania (then under Hungarian rule inside Austria-Hungary)

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