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Jerzy Kukuczka

1948 - 1989

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Józef Jerzy Kukuczka (24 March 1948 in Katowice, Poland – 24 October 1989 Lhotse, Nepal) was a Polish alpine and high-altitude climber. Born in Katowice, his family origin is 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 447,191 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Jerzy Kukuczka is the 6th most popular mountaineer (up from 11th in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from Poland (up from 274th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Mountaineer.

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Among mountaineers, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 6 out of 45Before him are Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner, Tenzing Norgay, Heinrich Harrer, and George Mallory. After him are Junko Tabei, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Hermann Buhl, Edward Whymper, Wanda Rutkiewicz, and Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi.

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Among people born in 1948, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 43Before him are Alice Cooper, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Maurizio Gucci, Jean-Pierre Adams, John Carpenter, and Giorgio Parisi. After him are Tony Iommi, Grace Jones, Elizabeth Blackburn, Rudolf Schenker, Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Carl Weathers. Among people deceased in 1989, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 37Before him are Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, John Cassavetes, Ferdinand Marcos, George Beadle, Emilio Segrè, and Kōnosuke Matsushita. After him are Leon Festinger, Joris Ivens, Guy Williams, Bruce Chatwin, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Michel Aflaq.

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Among people born in Poland, Jerzy Kukuczka ranks 156 out of 1,454Before him are Alexandre Colonna-Walewski (1810), Georg Michaelis (1857), Udo Lattek (1935), Christa Wolf (1929), Hanna Schygulla (1943), and Bolesław III Wrymouth (1086). After him are Olga Tokarczuk (1962), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (1915), Adolf Anderssen (1818), Władysław Anders (1892), Reinhard Selten (1930), and Marian Rejewski (1905).


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