Bialystok, Poland

Over the centuries, a number of people from Białystok have been prominent in the fields of science, language, politics, religion, sports, visual arts and performing arts. This environment was created in the mid eighteenth century by the patronage of Jan Klemens Branickifor the arts and sciences.[140] These include Ryszard Kaczorowski, last émigré President of the Republic of Poland,[145] L. L. Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto,[146] Albert Sabin, co-developer of the polio vaccine,[147] Izabella Scorupco, actress,[148] Max Weber, painter.[149] Tomasz Bagiński illustrator, animator and director Oscar nominee in 2002 for The Cathedral