List of Slovaks

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This is a list of notable people who either:


Politicians (contemporary)[edit]

Politicians (19th and 20th century)[edit]

Fighters, warriors, soldiers and revolutionaries[edit]

First Ladies[edit]


Notable religious figures[edit]

Religious Leaders[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Philosophers, Polyhistors, Teachers[edit]

  • Pavol Jozef Šafárik (Paul Joseph Schaffarik, Pavel Josef Safarik) (1795–1861) – poet, professor, polyhistor
  • Jakob Jakobeus (1591–1645) – poet, historian, priest, and writer

Linguists, Humanists and Historians[edit]

  • Anton Bernolák (1762–1813) – lower nobleman, Jesuit, author of the first Slovak language standard (in the 1780s), which was based on western Slovak dialects
  • Ľudovít Štúr (Ludevít Štúr) (1815–1856) – best known for his role in the development of the modern Slovak language (in 1844 he suggested that the central Slovak dialect should be used as the literary language of the Slovaks and in 1846 he codified the new language standard in his Nauka reči Slovenskej [Theory of the Slovak language])
  • Martin Hattala (1821–1903) – linguist
  • Adam František Kollár (Adam Franz Kollar) (1718–1783) – historian, royal councilor and librarian of the Imperial Library in Vienna
  • Janko Matúška (1821–1877), He was the author of the Slovak national anthem

Inventors and Engineers[edit]

  • Jozef Murgaš (1864–1929) – inventor of the wireless telegraph (forerunner of the radio). Murgas' "Rotary-spark-system" allowed for much faster communication, through the use of musical tones. He patented his new invention, which is now listed as the "Wireless Telegraphy Apparatus", as well as more inventions in this field. These patents would go on to form the foundations for the invention of the radio. Also devised a system which greatly improved the Morse code. His other patents include the spinning reel (for fishing), the wave meter, the electric transformer, the magnetic detector, and an engine producing electromagnetic waves.
  • Aurel Stodola (1859–1942) – engineer and professor, enabled the construction of steam and gas turbines (around 1900), constructor of a movable artificial arm (the Stodola arm) in 1915
  • John Dopyera (Ján Dopjera) (1893–1988) – inventor of music instruments, invented the Dobro resonator guitar


  • Ján Bahýľ (1865–1916) – military engineer, inventor of the motor-driven helicopter (four years before Bréguet and Cornu). Bahýľ was granted 7 patents in all, including the invention of the tank pump, air balloons combined with an air turbine, the first petrol engine car in Slovakia (with Anton Marschall) and a lift up to Bratislava castle.
  • Štefan Banič (1870–1941) – the inventor of the military parachute and of the first actively used parachute
  • Ivan Alexander Getting (1912—2003) was an American physicist and electrical engineer, credited (along with Bradford Parkinson) with the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Natural Sciences and Medicine[edit]

Geology, Mineralogy[edit]

  • Dimitrij Andrusov (1897–1976) – geologist and paleontologist, founder of modern Slovak geology
  • Jan Veizer (1941) – geochemist and paleoclimatologist




Computer Science[edit]


  • Matthias_Bel – 17th century astronomer. He made first relatively precise measurement of distance from Earth to Sun.

Astronomers (20th century)[edit]


  • Ivan Bella (1964) – the first astronaut of Slovakia (in 1998)
  • Eugene Cernan (1934) – U.S. astronaut, last man to set foot on the Moon, son of the Slovak immigrant Ondrej Čerňan.
  • Michael Fincke (1967)- U.S. astronaut, current American record holder for time in space, grandson of Margaret Hornyak Fincke



See list of Slovak prose and drama authors.
See list of Slovak poets.



For a longer list, see separate article.
Opera Singers[edit]


  • Peter Lipa (1943) – an important current Jazz singer, composer
  • Laco Deczi (1938) – Jazz musician, trumpet player, composer
  • Martin Valihora (1976) – Jazz musician, drummer

Popular Music (20th century)[edit]

  • Ľubomír Burgr – musician, composer, vocalist
  • Jaroslav Filip (1949–2000) – musician, composer, vocalist, actor, playwright
  • Marika Gombitová (1956) – singer, composer, musician since the second half of the 1970s
  • Pavol Hammel (1948) – singer, composer, musician (reached his height the 1970s and 1980s)
  • Jana Kirschner – musician, composer, vocalist
  • Ján Lehotský (1947) – composer, musician, singer of Modus (a band having reached its height in the late 1970s)
  • Peter Lipa – musician, composer, vocalist, scatman, jazzman, co-organiser of BJD (Bratislava Jazz Days) festival
  • Laco Lučenič (1952) – musician, producer, member of Modus
  • Richard Müller (1961) – the best-known current Slovak pop-rock singer
  • Vašo Patejdl (1954) – the most important Slovak pop composer in the 1980s and 1990s, singer, musician
  • Jozef Ráž (1954) – current singer of Elán (a band having reached its height in the 1980s)
  • Dežo Ursiny (1947–1995) – composer, rock singer, musician in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Marián Varga (1947) – rock composer, musician in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Miroslav Žbirka (1952) – singer, composer from the 1970s to the 1990s

Fine arts[edit]

Painters, Graphic Artists[edit]



  • Dezo Hoffmann (1912–1986) – photoreporter and photographer
  • Tono Stano (1960) – photographer; his photograph Sense inspired the poster for the film Showgirls.


Film and Theatre[edit]






Ice hockey[edit]

See the long list in a separate article.


Water sports[edit]

Figure Skating[edit]



Historical personalities[edit]

  • Móric Benyovszky (Móric Beňovský, Maurycy Beniowski, Baron Maurice Auguste de Benyowski, many other name versions) (1746–1786) – Hungarian globetrotter, explorer, soldier, writer, and the King of Madagascar with Hungarian and Slovak ancestry.[1]
  • Juraj Jánošík (1688–1713) – the Slovak equivalent of Robin Hood, the topic of many Slovak legends, books and films



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