Bela Karolyi is a prominent gymnastics coach who developed the Romanian centralized training system for gymnastics. His wife, Márta Károlyi, is also a gymnastics coach and together they have trained numerous Olympic, European, and World champions. The couple has been credited with transforming gymnastic coaching in USA. Many gymnasts have called him out for his abusive coaching style.
Agnes Keleti is a Hungarian-Israeli former artistic gymnast and coach. A former Olympic and world champion, Keleti won 10 Olympic medals including two bronze medals, three silver medals, and five gold medals. She is regarded as one of the most successful Jewish Olympians of all time. In 2001, Agnes Keleti was inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.
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.
Pál Schmitt hasn’t just served Hungary as its president, but has also won 2 Olympic gold medals as a fencer. He was also a member of the IOC and has been the Magyar Olympic Committee’s general secretary. Additionally, he has served his country as its ambassador to Spain, Switzerland, and Andorra.
Alfréd Hajós was a Hungarian football player, swimmer, and architect. He is best remembered for winning two gold medals in swimming at the 1896 Olympic Games, becoming the first modern Olympic swimming champion. He was also Hungary's first Olympic champion. Alfréd Hajós was made an inductee of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.
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.