Find out more about the greatest Hungarians, including Harry Houdini, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John von Neumann, Franz Liszt and Bela Lugosi.

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.
George SorosGeorge Soros

12 August 1930

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini

24 March 1874

Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor
(Socialite, Actress)

06 February 1917

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann

28 December 1903

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
(Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher)

22 October 1811

Charles I of AustriaCharles I of Austria
(Last ruler of Austro-Hungarian Empire)

17 August 1887

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
(American actor)

20 October 1882

Barbara PalvinBarbara Palvin
(Fashion Model)

08 October 1993

Joseph II, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

13 March 1741

Ilona StallerIlona Staller
(Porn star, Politician, and Singer.)

26 November 1951

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer
(Journalist & Publisher)

10 April 1847

Robert CapaRobert Capa

22 October 1913

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

Maximilian II, Holy Roman EmperorMaximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

31 July 1527

Marcel Lajos Breuer Marcel Breuer
(Architect & Furniture Designer)

21 May 1902

Imre LakatosImre Lakatos

09 November 1922

Dennis GaborDennis Gabor
(Father of Holography)

05 June 1900

Albert von Szent-Györgyi Albert Szent-Györgyi

16 September 1893

Bela BartokBela Bartok
(Composer, Pianist)

25 March 1881


09 September 1899

Erno RubikErno Rubik

13 July 1944

Oleksandra NikolayenkoOleksandra Nikolayenko

03 July 1981

Endre AdyEndre Ady

22 November 1877

Friedrich von AmerlingFriedrich von Amerling
(Portrait Painter)

14 April 1803

Andre KerteszAndre Kertesz

02 July 1894

Zoltan KodalyZoltan Kodaly

16 December 1882

George A. OlahGeorge A. Olah

22 May 1927

János ÁderJános Áder
(President of Hungary)

09 May 1959

István FerenczyIstván Ferenczy
(Hungarian sculptor)

24 February 1792

John Harsanyi John C Harsanyi

29 May 1920

Elizabeth BáthoryElizabeth Báthory

07 August 1560

Viktor OrbánViktor Orbán
(Politician, Jurist, Association football player, Lawyer)

31 May 1963

Ferenc PuskásFerenc Puskás

01 April 1927

Eva GaborEva Gabor
(Actor, Voice actor, Socialite, Stage actor, Television actor)

11 February 1919

Theodor HerzlTheodor Herzl
(Journalist, Writer, Poet lawyer, Lawyer, Playwright)

02 May 1860

Otto von HabsburgOtto von Habsburg

20 November 1912

Johanna KontaJohanna Konta
(Tennis player)

17 May 1991

Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich

30 June 1946

Miklós HorthyMiklós Horthy
(Politician, Diplomat, Officer)

18 June 1868

Charles VI, Holy Roman EmperorCharles VI, Holy Roman Emperor

01 October 1685

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Chess Grandmaster)

23 July 1976

Leopold I, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I, Holy Roman Emperor

09 June 1640

Leopold II, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

05 May 1747

Sándor KocsisSándor Kocsis

21 September 1929

Imre NagyImre Nagy
(Politician, Diplomat, Economist)

07 June 1896

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours

0316 AD

Andrew GroveAndrew Grove

02 September 1936

Judith LeiberJudith Leiber
(fashion designer)

1921 AD

Stephen I of HungaryStephen I of Hungary
(Former Grand Prince of the Hungarians)

0967 AD

Georg SoltiGeorg Solti
(Conductor, Pianist, Musician, Composer, Music director)

21 October 1912

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer)

10 September 1948

Miklós FehérMiklós Fehér

20 July 1979

John HunyadiJohn Hunyadi
(condottiero, politician)

1407 AD

Jadwiga of PolandJadwiga of Poland

1373 AD

Rita FaltoyanoRita Faltoyano
(Pornographic actor, Model)

05 August 1978

Thomas SzaszThomas Szasz
(Psychiatrist, Scientist, Writer, University teacher)

15 April 1920

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman EmperorFerdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor

13 July 1608

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
(Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist)

25 October 1886

Attila the HunAttila the Hun
(Political leader)

0406 AD

Béla KissBéla Kiss
(Serial Killer)

1877 AD

János KádárJános Kádár

26 May 1912

Joseph I, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph I, Holy Roman Emperor

26 July 1678

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary

07 July 1207

Arpad MiklosArpad Miklos
(Pornographic actor, Engineer, Actor)

11 September 1967

George FriedmanGeorge Friedman
Ferenc SzálasiFerenc Szálasi
(Political leader, Prime Minister)

06 January 1897

Victor VasarelyVictor Vasarely
(Painter, Visual artist, Sculptor)

09 April 1906

Louis I of HungaryLouis I of Hungary

05 March 1326

Zoltán GeraZoltán Gera

22 April 1979

Mátyás RákosiMátyás Rákosi

09 March 1892

Béla KunBéla Kun
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

20 February 1886

László Moholy-NagyLászló Moholy-Nagy

20 July 1895

Michael PolanyiMichael Polanyi
(Philosopher, Economist, Chemist)

11 March 1891

Béla TarrBéla Tarr
(Screenwriter, Film director)

21 July 1955

Angelica BellaAngelica Bella
(pornographic actor, actor)

15 February 1970