Jesse Ventura (1951) – 38th Governor of the US state of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, as well as an actor, author, and former professional wrestler; his parents were from Slovakia and his legal name is James George Janos
Matej Kocak (1882–1918) – United States Marine Corps sergeant World War I, posthumously awarded both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor, in action against the enemy on July 18, 1918, Slovak origin, born in town Gbely, emigrated to US in 1906
Rudolf Viest (1890–?1945) – He was Slovak division general, commander of the partisan army during the Slovak National Uprising and the only Slovak general during the interwar period in the first Czechoslovak republic.
Pavol Jozef Šafárik (Paul Joseph Schaffarik, Pavel Josef Safarik) (1795–1861) – poet, professor, polyhistor
Linguists, Humanists and Historians
Anton Bernolák (1762–1813) – lower nobleman, Jesuit, author of the first Slovak language standard (in the 1780s), which was based on western Slovak dialects
Ľudovít Štúr (Ludevít Štúr) (1815–1856) – best known for his role in the development of the modern Slovak language (in 1844 he suggested that the central Slovak dialect should be used as the literary language of the Slovaks and in 1846 he codified the new language standard in his Nauka reči Slovenskej [Theory of the Slovak language])
Janko Matúška (1821–1877), He was the author of the Slovak national anthem
Inventors and Engineers
Jozef Murgaš (1864–1929) – inventor of the wireless telegraph (forerunner of the radio). Murgas' "Rotary-spark-system" allowed for much faster communication, through the use of musical tones. He patented his new invention, which is now listed as the "Wireless Telegraphy Apparatus", as well as more inventions in this field. These patents would go on to form the foundations for the invention of the radio. Also devised a system which greatly improved the Morse code. His other patents include the spinning reel (for fishing), the wave meter, the electric transformer, the magnetic detector, and an engine producing electromagnetic waves.
Aurel Stodola (1859–1942) – engineer and professor, enabled the construction of steam and gas turbines (around 1900), constructor of a movable artificial arm (the Stodola arm) in 1915
John Dopyera (Ján Dopjera) (1893–1988) – inventor of music instruments, invented the Dobro resonator guitar
Ján Bahýľ (1865–1916) – military engineer, inventor of the motor-driven helicopter (four years before Bréguet and Cornu). Bahýľ was granted 7 patents in all, including the invention of the tank pump, air balloons combined with an air turbine, the first petrol engine car in Slovakia (with Anton Marschall) and a lift up to Bratislava castle.
Móric Benyovszky (Móric Beňovský, Maurycy Beniowski, Baron Maurice Auguste de Benyowski, many other name versions) (1746–1786) – Hungarian globetrotter, explorer, soldier, writer, and the King of Madagascar with Hungarian and Slovak ancestry.1