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List of Slovaks

This is a list of notable people who either:


Politicians (contemporary)

Politicians (19th and 20th century)

Fighters, warriors, soldiers and revolutionaries

First Ladies


Notable religious figures

Religious Leaders

Science and Technology

Philosophers, Polyhistors, Teachers

Linguists, Humanists and Historians

  • Anton Bernolák (1762-1813) – lower nobleman, Jesuit, author of the first Slovak language standard (in the 1780s), which was based on western Slovak dialects
  • Milan Stanislav Ďurica (1925) - priest, historian, Professor of the University in Padua, author of the controversial bookHistory of Slovakia and Slovaks.
  • 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
  • Jozef Mistrík (1921-2001) – linguist
  • Pavol Križko (1841-1902) - historian
  • 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

  • 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
  • Peter Danišovič (1907) – professor, engineer and builder of dams in Slovakia. He is the author of the Gabčíkovo - Nagymaros project, of which Gabčíkovo Dam was completed. Other projects he worked on include Domaša, Orava Dam (Oravská priehrada), Ilava Dam, Ladce Dam, and Dubnica Dam.


  • Ján Bahýľ (1865-1916) – military engineer, inventor of the motor-driven helicopter (four years before Bréguet and Cornu). Bahyl 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
  • Andrej Kvasz (1883-1974) - aviation pioneer (he was Hungarian citizen)

Natural Sciences and Medicine

Geology, Mineralogy


  • Juraj Bohus (Georg Bohus) (1687-1722) - geographer, historian, teacher



  • Dionýz Ilkovič (1907–1980) - famous Slovak physicist
  • Pavel Kray (1735-1804) – field marshal, mathematician, engineer, architect, participant of the Seven Years War and of the Turkish War (1788-1789), defeated the Peasant Uprising in Transylvania in 1786
  • Ivan Wilhelm (1942 Trnava) - nuclear physicist, former rector of Charles University in Prague
  • MUDr.Rafat Mansour (1972) - famous Slovakian Surgeon.


Computer Science



Astronomers (20th century)


  • 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.



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







Opera Singers



Popular Music (20th century)

  • Jano Baláž (1951) - guitarist, singer, composer
  • Oliver Buc (1975) - guitarist, singer, composer currently living in Chicago, US
  • Karol Duchoň (1950-1985) - singer (pre-rock period)
  • Gejza Dusík (1907-1988) - composer, musician, author of many evergreens (1st half of the 20th century)
  • Martin Ďurinda (1961) – singer of Tublatanka (a band having reacher its height around 1990)
  • Jozef Ráž (1954) - current singer of Elán (a band having reached its height in the 1980s)
  • Karol Elbert (1911) - composer, musician (1st half of the 20th century)
  • Boris Filan (1949) - text-writer for many Slovak bands
  • Marika Gombitová (1956) - singer, composer, musician in the 1980s and early 1990s
  • Pavol Habera (1962) - singer, composer, musician (reached his height around 1990)
  • Pavol Hammel (1948) - singer, composer, musician (reached his height the 1970s and 1980s)
  • Jana Kocianová (1946) - singer (pre-rock period)
  • Marcela Laiferová (1945) - singer (pre-rock period)
  • Ján Lehotský (1947) - composer, musician, singer of Modus (a band having reached its height in the late 1970s)
  • Laco Lučenič (1952) - musician, producer, member of Modus
  • Richard Müller (1961) - the best-known current Slovak pop-rock singer
  • Peter Nagy (1959) - pop singer, text-writer (reached his height in the late 1980s and early 1990s)
  • Vašo Patejdl (1954) - the most important Slovak pop composer in the 1980s and 1990s, singer, musician
  • Kamil Peteraj (1945) - text-writer
  • Dežo Ursiny (1947-1995) - composer, rock singer, musician in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Jaroslav Filip (1949-2000) - musician, composer, humorist, dramaturg, actor and promoter of Internet in Slovakia
  • Marián Varga (1947) - rock composer, musician in the 1960s and 1970s
  • František Krištof Veselý (1903-1977) - singer from the early popular music period
  • Pavol Zelenay (1928) - swing composer, musician
  • Miroslav Žbirka (1952) - singer, composer from the 1970s to the 1990s
  • Judit Halász - Hungarian singer

Fine Arts

Painters, Graphic Artists




Film and Theatre



Dance, Choreography

Finance and Economics




Ice Hockey

See the long list in a separate article.


Water sports

Figure Skating


Historical personalities

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

Nobles and noble families

see dedicated article

  • Balassa {Balaša) - a prominent Hungarian noble family (from the 14th century onwards)
  • Bubek (Bebek) - a prominent Slovak-Hungarian noble family around the 15th century
  • knight Donč of Balaša (?-1344) - an important Slovak noble in the early 14th century
  • Palóci(Lords of Pavlovce) – a prominent Slovak noble family in the Middle Ages
  • Podmanický – a prominent Slovak noble family (from the 15th century onwards)
  • Poznan – a prominent Slovak noble family in Great Moravia and later in Hungary (called Pázmány by Hungarian texts)
  • Kozma of Poznan (12th century) – a prominent Slovak noble
  • Leustach z Jelšavy (14th century) - a Slovak noble and warrior


  • Jozef Gábriš (Joseph Gabris) - born in Bratislava. Most popular and successful controlline aerobatics pilot (F2B) of former Czechoslovakia.
  • Ing. Karol Rybecký - born in Viničné (Schwansbach), near to Pezinok. Won several ECH in the indoor class F1D




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