Jerzy Kukuczka

1948 - 1989

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Józef Jerzy Kukuczka (24 March 1948 – 24 October 1989) was a Polish mountaineer. He was born in Katowice, his family was ethnically Silesian Goral. On 18 September 1987, he became the second man (after Reinhold Messner) to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders in the world; a feat which took him less than 8 years to accomplish. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jerzy Kukuczka has received more than 510,789 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Jerzy Kukuczka is the 8th most popular mountaineer (down from 6th in 2019), the 220th most popular biography from Poland (down from 156th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Mountaineer.

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Among mountaineers, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 8 out of 56Before him are Reinhold Messner, Tenzing Norgay, Heinrich Harrer, George Mallory, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, and Junko Tabei. After him are Edward Whymper, Hermann Buhl, Jacques Balmat, Walter Bonatti, Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, and Achille Compagnoni.

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Among people born in 1948, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 64Before him are Rory Gallagher, Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Bille August, Claude Jade, Svetlana Savitskaya, and Lluís Llach. After him are William Gibson, Edmund Kemper, Edwige Fenech, Chris de Burgh, Radomir Antić, and Alan Parsons. Among people deceased in 1989, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 45Before him are Danilo Kiš, William Shockley, John Cassavetes, Bruce Chatwin, Leon Festinger, and Cornel Wilde. After him are Irving Berlin, Antonia Brico, John Payne, Gaetano Scirea, Guy Williams, and Ahmadou Ahidjo.

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Among people born in Poland, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 220 out of 1,694Before him are Yisrael Kristal (1903), Wacław Sierpiński (1882), Piast the Wheelwright (800), Władysław I Herman (1043), Jerzy Skolimowski (1938), and Leszek Kołakowski (1927). After him are Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930), Johanna Schopenhauer (1766), Emil Ludwig (1881), Hans Modrow (1928), Felix Hausdorff (1868), and Samuel Reshevsky (1911).


Among mountaineers born in Poland, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 1After him are Krzysztof Wielicki (1950).