Nadia Comaneci


Winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event.

Angela Gheorghiu


Since her professional debut in 1990, she has performed in leading roles of several operas at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, Milan’s La Scala, and many other opera

George Emil Palade

Cell biologist.

Described as “the most influential cell biologist ever”; in 1974 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. The prize was granted for his innovations in electron microscopy and cell fractionation which

Gheorghe (George) Muresan

Basketball player.

At 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m), he is one of the two tallest players in NBA history. He is the tallest man in Romania and second tallest living person in the European Union. He played for

George Enescu

Composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher.

The author of Romanian Rhapsody and Romania’s most important musician. Pablo Casals described Enescu as “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart” and “one of the greatest geniuses of modern music”.

Ilie “Nasty” Nastase

Tennis player.

Former world No. 1 professional tennis player, one of the world’s top players of the 1970s. He is one of the five players in history to win more than 100 ATP professional titles (58