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A List of Famous People from Peru Who Have Influenced the World

List of Famous People from Peru
The South American nation of Peru has been home to some of the most illustrious names in politics, science and technology, art, sports, literature, and entertainment. Historyplex brings you a list of famous people from Peru.
Historyplex Staff
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2018
Peru's first Nobel laureate is Mario Vargas Llosa. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 2010, "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."
Peru's culture is a stellar example of myriad influences, right from the ancient Norte Chico civilization, to the Inca Empire, to Spanish colonialism. Years of political instability followed after the country gained independence from Spain in 1821, which has been thankfully overcome.

Over the years, numerous prominent Peruvians have managed to leave an indelible mark on the way our world is now, with their contributions to fields as varied as literature, science, sports, and politics. We give you a list of famous Peruvians according to their field of expertise.
Politics
Ollanta Humala
Current President of Peru

Óscar R. Benavides

Ex-President of Peru

José Bustamante y Rivero

Ex-President of Peru
Ex-President of the International Court of Justice

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

Diplomat
Ex-Secretary General of the United Nations

Augusto B. Leguía

Ex-President of Peru

Alejandro Toledo

Ex-President of Peru

Víctor Andrés Belaúnde

Diplomat

Luis Bedoya Reyes

Ex-Mayor of Lima

Albina Ruiz

Environmentalist/Social activist

Luis Alberto Sánchez

First Vice President of Peru

Francisco Morales Bermúdez

Ex-President of Peru

Nicolás de Piérola

Finance Minister/Ex-President of Peru

Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre

Founder of American Popular Revolutionary Alliance
Literature
José María Arguedas
Novelist/Poet/Anthropologist

José Carlos Mariátegui

Political journalist

Martín Adán

Poet

Manuel González Prada

Literary critic

Clorinda Matto de Turner

Writer

Julio Ramón Ribeyro

Short story writer

Ricardo Palma

Author and scholar

César Vallejo

Poet/Writer/Playwright/Journalist

Abraham Valdelomar

Poet/Essayist/Dramatist

José Santos Chocano

Poet/Political activist

Mario Vargas Llosa

Writer, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature
Sports
Teodoro "Lolo" Fernández
Football

Teófilo Cubillas

Football

Hugo Sotil

Football

Héctor Chumpitaz

Football

Jaime Yzaga

Tennis

Luis Horna

Tennis

Edwin Vásquez

Shooting

Sofia Mulanovich

Surfing
Science and Technology
Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo
Engineer/Physicist/Mathematician

Alberto Barton

Microbiologist

Gastón Pons Muzzo

Chemist

Daniel Alcides Carrión

Medical student/Researcher

Pedro Paulet

Scientist (Aeronautics)

Julio C. Tello

Archaeologist

Javier Mariátegui

Psychiatrist

Gustavo R. Paz-Pujalt

Scientist/Inventor
Artists
Carlos Baca-Flor

Pablo Amaringo


Fernando de Szyszlo


José Sabogal


Alberto Vargas


Carlos Enrique Polanco
Entertainment
Marco Zunino
Actor

Stephanie Cayo

Actress

Rossana Fernández-Maldonado

Actress/Singer

Henry Ian Cusick

Actor

Denisse Dibós

Actress/Musician/Dancer

Alex Acuña

Drummer/Percussionist

Daniel Alomía Robles

Composer

Luigi Alva

Tenor

Arturo "Zambo" Cavero

Singer

Pastorita Huaracina

Singer
Beauty Pageant Winners
Gladys Zender
Miss Universe 1957

Madeleine Hartog-Bel

Miss World 1967

Claudia Hernández

Miss Peru Mundo 2003

María Julia Mantilla

Miss World 2004
The residents of the Andean nation of Peru have contributed to the betterment of our society over time, and will continue to do so in the days to come.