Hungary not only has a fixation for moustaches and vodka, but also for great minds and unsurpassable talents. One of the best eastern European cities, Hungary has been home to some of world's mind-boggling magicians (Harry Houdini), jaw-droppingly beautiful move actors (Zsa Zsa Gabor), enticing pianists (Franz Liszt), authors (Noemi Ban), entrepreneurs (George Soros), chess players (Susan Polgar) and lot many other rich and famous people. Not just that, Hungary has also produced a wad of Noble prizewinners that has fetched the country an enviable standing in the world. It is because of these heavily talented and exceptionally resourceful men and women that Hungary owns a coveted spot among its peer countries. Let us delve deep into the rich and inspiring lives of some of Hungary's greatest people in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts included in the biographies below. Rest assured each biography would make for a worthy read.
Ignaz SemmelweisIgnaz Semmelweis
01 July 1818
George SorosGeorge Soros
12 August 1930
Investor, Philanthropist

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini
24 March 1874

Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor
06 February 1917
Socialite, Actress

Elizabeth BáthoryElizabeth Báthory
07 August 1560
Countess, Serial Killer

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann
28 December 1903
Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher

Mickey HargitayMickey Hargitay
06 January 1926

Barbara PalvinBarbara Palvin
08 October 1993
Fashion Model
Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882
American actor

Viktor OrbánViktor Orbán
31 May 1963
Prime Minister of Hungary
Charles I of AustriaCharles I of Austria
17 August 1887
Last ruler of Austro-Hungarian Empire

Geli RaubalGeli Raubal
04 June 1908
Hitler’s Niece

Ferdinand PorscheFerdinand Porsche
03 September 1875
Founder of Porsche Automobile Company

Joseph II, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
13 March 1741
Holy Roman Emperor

Theodor HerzlTheodor Herzl
02 May 1860
Ilona StallerIlona Staller
26 November 1951
Politician, Singer

Miklós HorthyMiklós Horthy
18 June 1868
Military Leader

Tommy RamoneTommy Ramone
29 January 1949
Record Producer, Drummer

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer
10 April 1847
Journalist & Publisher
Leopold II, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
05 May 1747
Holy Roman Emperor

Ferdinand I of AustriaFerdinand I of Austria
19 April 1793
Robert CapaRobert Capa
22 October 1913

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler
05 September 1905

Imre NagyImre Nagy
07 June 1896
Maximilian II, Holy Roman EmperorMaximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
31 July 1527
Holy Roman Emperor

Jadwiga of PolandJadwiga of Poland
1373 AD
First Female Monarch of Poland
Marcel Lajos Breuer Marcel Breuer
21 May 1902
Architect & Furniture Designer

János ÁderJános Áder
09 May 1959
President of Hungary

Imre LakatosImre Lakatos
09 November 1922
Albert von Szent-Györgyi Albert Szent-Györgyi
16 September 1893

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Dennis GaborDennis Gabor
05 June 1900
Father of Holography
09 September 1899

John HarsanyiJohn Harsanyi
29 May 1920

Endre AdyEndre Ady
22 November 1877

Oleksandra NikolayenkoOleksandra Nikolayenko
03 July 1981
Bela BartokBela Bartok
25 March 1881
Composer, Pianist
Friedrich von AmerlingFriedrich von Amerling
14 April 1803
Portrait Painter

Andre KerteszAndre Kertesz
02 July 1894

Erno RubikErno Rubik
13 July 1944

George A. OlahGeorge A. Olah
22 May 1927
Zoltan KodalyZoltan Kodaly
16 December 1882

István FerenczyIstván Ferenczy
24 February 1792
Hungarian sculptor

Paul ErdősPaul Erdős
26 March 1913

Eva GaborEva Gabor
11 February 1919
Actor, Voice actor, Socialite, Stage actor,

Ferenc PuskásFerenc Puskás
01 April 1927
Otto von HabsburgOtto von Habsburg
20 November 1912

John HunyadiJohn Hunyadi
1407 AD
condottiero, politician

Georg SoltiGeorg Solti
21 October 1912
Conductor, Pianist, Musician, Composer, Music

Leopold I, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
09 June 1640
Andrew GroveAndrew Grove
02 September 1936

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
23 July 1976
Chess Grandmaster
Martin of ToursMartin of Tours
0316 AD

Cornel WildeCornel Wilde
13 October 1912

Johanna KontaJohanna Konta
17 May 1991
Tennis player

György LukácsGyörgy Lukács
13 April 1885

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
25 October 1886
Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian,
Stephen I of HungaryStephen I of Hungary
0967 AD
Former Grand Prince of the Hungarians

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman EmperorFerdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
13 July 1608

Thomas SzaszThomas Szasz
15 April 1920
Psychiatrist, Scientist, Writer, University

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
10 September 1948
Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer,
Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary
07 July 1207

Joseph I, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
26 July 1678
Attila the HunAttila the Hun
0406 AD
Political leader

Lajos Kossuth de Udvard et KossuthfalvaLajos Kossuth
16 September 1802

Béla TarrBéla Tarr
21 July 1955
Screenwriter, Film director
Károly TakácsKároly Takács
21 January 1910
Olympic shooter

Miklós FehérMiklós Fehér
20 July 1979
Paul LukasPaul Lukas
26 May 1891
actor, screenwriter, film actor

George FriedmanGeorge Friedman

Louis I of HungaryLouis I of Hungary
05 March 1326
Béla KunBéla Kun
20 February 1886
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist

Arpad MiklosArpad Miklos
11 September 1967
Adult Film Star, Engineer, Actor
László Moholy-NagyLászló Moholy-Nagy
20 July 1895

Victor VasarelyVictor Vasarely
09 April 1906
Painter, Visual artist, Sculptor

Władysław III of PolandWładysław III of Poland
31 October 1424

Thomas PeterffyThomas Peterffy
1944 AD
János KádárJános Kádár
26 May 1912
S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall
02 February 1883
actor, screenwriter, writer, stage actor

Béla KissBéla Kiss
1877 AD
Serial Killer

Ferenc SzálasiFerenc Szálasi
06 January 1897
Political leader, Prime Minister

Michael PolanyiMichael Polanyi
11 March 1891
Philosopher, Economist, Chemist
Mátyás RákosiMátyás Rákosi
09 March 1892

Hans SelyeHans Selye
26 January 1907

Susan PolgarSusan Polgar
19 April 1969
Chess player

Stephen BáthoryStephen Báthory
27 September 1533

Hannah SzenesHannah Szenes
17 July 1921
Writer, Poet
Sándor KocsisSándor Kocsis
21 September 1929

Béla IV of HungaryBéla IV of Hungary
29 November 1206
Charles I of HungaryCharles I of Hungary
1288 AD
King of Hungary

Miklós NyiszliMiklós Nyiszli
17 June 1901
Physician, Writer
Albert II of GermanyAlbert II of Germany
10 August 1397
Franz LehárFranz Lehár
30 April 1870