Romanians who should have been famous:
invented insulin, but someone else got recognition. Pretty sad story.
Romania’s “national” poet, revolutionized Romanian literature. Outstanding feel for rhythm and sound, outstanding play with the language, deep thoughts – everything you want. Unfortunately for his international fame, Romanian language poetry is bloody difficult to translate, so he is doomed to be truly appreciated only by Romanian speakers. Same goes for Nichita Stanescu, a modern poet who won the Herder prize in the 80′s. Some attempted translations here for Eminescu and here for Nichita (for some reason, we don’t call him “Stanescu”, but by his first name. It somehow fits.)
invented the fountain pen. Well, who cares, these days – although he revolutionized the… world as we know it, you may argue. To be famous he should have invented the X-Box. Or at least a joystick, or something.
The Hacker from Craiova
Best known for two things: 1) hacking the CIA server and 2) getting caught.
He was 16. Years old.
Is the FIFA2008 world champion. Not real football, computer football. He’s 18, so maybe he will become famous after all.