Famous Hungarian Engineers

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Dennis Gabor
(Father of Holography)
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Birthdate: June 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: February 8, 1979

Dennis Gabor was a Hungarian-British physicist and electrical engineer best remembered for inventing holography. His invention earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971. Gabor won several awards during his lifetime. After his demise, many awards are given in his honor. The Dennis Gabor Award and Gabor Medal are some of the awards that are named after him.

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Charles Simonyi
(Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer)
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Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest

A Stanford PhD, Charles Simonyi initially worked on one of the world’s first computers for Xerox. He is best known for developing Microsoft Office. Though he launched his own firm, Intentional Software, he later sold it to Microsoft. Part of the Forbes Billionaires 2021 list, he also donates extensively to educational charitable causes.

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Orban
(Hungarian Engineer and Iron Founder Who Caste Large-Calibre Artillery for the Ottoman Siege of Constantinople in 1453)
Orban
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Died: 1453 AD

Orban was a Hungarian engineer and iron founder. He is best remembered for casting large-calibre artillery that were used during the Ottoman siege of Constantinople. Originally from the Byzantine Empire, Orban joined hands with the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II when the Byzantines couldn't afford Orban's high demands. The famous Dardanelles Gun was modeled after Orban's bombard.

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Theodore von Karman
(Mathematician)
Theodore von Karman
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Birthdate: May 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: May 6, 1963

Hungarian-American mathematician Theodore von Karman is best known for his research on aeronautics. Born to a professor father, Karman was a math prodigy in childhood and was pushed into engineering. He was also the first recipient of the National Medal of Science. A bachelor for life, he lived with his mother and sister.

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Wolfgang von Kempelen
(Author and inventor, known for his chess-playing "automaton" hoax The Turk and for his speaking machine)
Wolfgang von Kempelen
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Birthdate: January 23, 1734
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: March 26, 1804

Known as an eccentric thinker, Wolfgang von Kempelen is best remembered for his automatic chess-playing machine The Turk and his speaking machine. The Turk eventually turned out to be a hoax, designed by Kempelen to impress Maria Theresa, the Austrian Empress, and had human chess players operating it.

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Peter Carl Goldmark
(Engineer, Physicist)
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Birthdate: December 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: December 7, 1977

Hungarian-American engineer Peter Carl Goldmark contributed to many pathbreaking inventions, of which the most notable was the commercial color TV and the LP record. Known for his stint with Columbia Records, he also developed a scanning system used by the US to relay photos from the Moon to the Earth.

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Otto Blathy
(Electrical engineer)
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Birthdate: August 11, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tata, Hungary
Died: September 26, 1939

In his 20s, Hungarian inventor Otto Blathy co-invented the transformer and various other engines and motors that are used in AC technology. In spite of being born into an affluent merchant family, he pursued science. Apart from his interest in electrical engineering, he was also known for authoring various chess problems.

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Kalman Tihanyi
(Physicist)
Kalman Tihanyi
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Birthdate: April 28, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zbehy, Slovakia
Died: February 26, 1947

Hungarian physicist and engineer Kalman Tihanyi had initially been part of the Hungarian Royal Army. He later made significant contributions to the development of the cathode ray tube with his invention Radioskop and was thus a pioneering figure in the development of the electronic TV.

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Artúr Görgey
(Hungarian Military Leader and Dictator)
Artúr Görgey
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Birthdate: January 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toporc, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire
Died: May 21, 1916

Hungarian military leader and minister of war Artúr Görgey was one of the most prominent figures of the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. Following his revolution against the Habsburg Empire, he was named the dictator of Hungary by Lajos Kossuth. Though he was branded a traitor, his name was later cleared.

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Arthur Paul Stern
(Hungarian-American Electrical Engineer Who Developed GE's First Transistor Radio)
Arthur Paul Stern
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Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 24, 2012

Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor and electrical engineer who helped in the development of GE’s first transistor radio. From being a prisoner at Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, he went on to study engineering in Switzerland and later joined GE’s Syracuse laboratory. He also developed satellite navigation for commercial ships and the navy.