Famous Hungarian Scientists

Find out more about the greatest Hungarian Scientists, including John von Neumann, Thomas Szasz, László Babai, Michael Polanyi and Albert Szent-Györgyi.

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 1 John von Neumann

John von Neumann
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: December 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: February 8, 1957
Hungarian-American scientist John von Neumann contributed to the development of game theory and the concept of self-replication. His work covered vast areas including math, economics, physics, and computer science. His research on nuclear physics led him to be part of the advisory committee of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

 2 Paul Erdős

Paul Erdős
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: September 20, 1996

Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős spent most of his childhood at home, due to his mother’s overprotectiveness after his sisters died of scarlet fever. Known for his eccentricity, he used his own vocabulary. His contributions include the Ramsey theory, and he skipped many university job offers to continue working independently.

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 3 Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: April 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: September 8, 2012

 4 Theodore von Karman

Theodore von Karman
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: May 6, 1963
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 5 Dennis Gabor

Dennis Gabor
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Famous As: Father of Holography
Birthdate: June 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Hungarian
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.

 6 Michael Polanyi

Michael Polanyi
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Famous As: Philosopher, Economist, Chemist
Birthdate: March 11, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: February 22, 1976

 7 Paul Halmos

Paul Halmos
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Statistician
Birthdate: March 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: October 2, 2006
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 8 Peter Lax

Peter Lax
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Famous As: Mathematician, University teacher
Birthdate: May 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Hungarian

 9 Paul Nemenyi

Paul Nemenyi
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 5, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: March 1, 1952

 10 Raoul Bott

Raoul Bott
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 24, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: December 20, 2005

 11 John G. Kemeny

John G. Kemeny
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: December 26, 1992

 12 George A. Olah

George A. Olah
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: May 22, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: March 8, 2017

 13 Loránd Eötvös

Loránd Eötvös
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: April 8, 1919

 14 László Babai

László Babai
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Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Hungarian

 15 Peter Carl Goldmark

Peter Carl Goldmark
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Famous As: Engineer, Physicist
Birthdate: December 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: December 7, 1977

 16 Endre Szemerédi

Endre Szemerédi
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: August 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Hungarian, American

 17 Avram Hershko

Avram Hershko
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Famous As: Biochemist, Educationist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 31, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Hungarian, Israeli

 18 Georg von Békésy

Georg von Békésy
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Famous As: Hungarian researcher
Birthdate: June 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Hungarian, American
Died: June 13, 1972

 19 Frigyes Riesz

Frigyes Riesz
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: January 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: February 28, 1956

 20 Mária Telkes

Mária Telkes
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Famous As: Biophysicist
Birthdate: December 12, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: December 2, 1995

 21 Artúr Görgey

Artúr Görgey
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Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: January 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: May 21, 1916

 22 Johann Andreas Segner

Johann Andreas Segner
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: October 9, 1704
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: October 5, 1777

 23 Franz Xaver von Zach

Franz Xaver von Zach
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: June 4, 1754
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: September 2, 1832

 24 Imre Bródy

Imre Bródy
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: December 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: December 20, 1944

 25 Imre Friedmann

Imre Friedmann
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: 1921 AD
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: June 11, 2007