Famous Hungarian Engineers

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 1 Andrew Grove

Andrew Grove
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 21, 2016

 2 Dennis Gabor

Dennis Gabor
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Famous As: Father of Holography
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.

 3 Charles Simonyi

Charles Simonyi
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Famous As: Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer
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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 4 Orban

Orban
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 1453 AD

 5 Theodore von Karman

Theodore von Karman
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Famous As: Mathematician
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.

 6 Wolfgang von Kempelen

Wolfgang von Kempelen
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Famous As: Author and inventor, known for his chess-playing "automaton" hoax The Turk and for his speaking machine
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.

 7 Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel
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Famous As: Former industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, primarily from the period after she immigrated to the United States
Birthdate: November 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 30, 2011

Born into an affluent and academic Hungarian Jewish family, Eva Zeisel was initially interested in painting and learned the art of ceramics to support her painting career. She eventually turned out to be a celebrated industrial designer who used ceramics to create useful things such as tableware and candleholders.

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 8 Peter Carl Goldmark

Peter Carl Goldmark
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Famous As: Engineer, Physicist
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.

 9 Otto Blathy

Otto Blathy
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
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.

 10 Kalman Tihanyi

Kalman Tihanyi
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Famous As: Physicist
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.

 11 Artúr Görgey

Artúr Görgey
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Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: January 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toporc, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire
Died: May 21, 1916

 12 Arthur Paul Stern

Arthur Paul Stern
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 24, 2012