The following is a list of some famous Slovaks:

(See also: History of Bratislava - Historic personalities)

Table of contents
1 Scientists and inventors
2 Kings and Rulers
3 Artists
4 Politicians
5 Others

Scientists and inventors

Kings and Rulers


  • Andy Warhol (1927-1987) - one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. He introduced Pop Art to the world, and was the first artist to use a photographic silk-screen technique in his work. He was born in the USA as the son of emmigrants from eastern Slovakia (members of the Ruthene nationality from the village Mikova), his first language was Slovak (Ruthene),he took over the religious views of his parents (and of eastern Europe) and he always wanted to return to the country of his parents, which obviously was not possible because of the communist regime in eastern Europe. There is a Warhol museum with some of his works in eastern Slovakia.
  • Pavol Országh HVIEZDOSLAV (1849-1921) - is one of the most significant Slovak poets that ever lived. As well as his poetry, he also wrote many fine plays and was an accomplished translator.
  • Master PAUL of Levoča (Majster Pavol z Levoče) (1470-?) - Gothic Sculptor, most famous piece is his magnificent Gothic High Altar in St. James Church, in Levoca. This is the highest wooden altar in the world, at a height of 18.6 meters.


  • Ľudovít ŠTÚR (1815-1856) - best known for his development of the modern Slovak language. 1844 it was declared that the central Slovak dialect would be used as the literary language of Slovakia and in 1846 the new language standard was codified for the first time by Štúr in his "Nauka reči slovenskej" (Theory of the Slovak language).
  • Milan Rastislav ŠTEFÁNIK (1880-1919) he was an astronomer, scientist, politician and a general in the French Army. One of the founders of Czechoslovakia. He tragically died in a plane crash near Bratislava (the plane was shot down).
  • Alexander DUBČEK (1921-1992) - created a limited democracy, called 'Socialism with a human face', when leader of Communist Czechoslovakia in 1968. Censorship was abolished, which was unheard of before in a Communist State. Moscow frowned upon Dubcek's actions, scared that his liberalization Policy may spread throughout the Warsaw Pact countries. Their reaction was one of force, sending in tanks from the Soviet Union, GDR, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria to restore 'order' back to the hardline communists. Died in a car crash in 1992, aged 70. Like so many of Slovakia's heroes, Dubcek died under suspicious circumstances, just when it looked like he would play an important role in the post-Communist Slovakia.