Foregoers - Nobel Prize Winners

Imre Kertész

Imre Kertész(1929-2016). Recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature “for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history”. The Academy singled out his 1975 debut novel, “Sorstalansag” (“Fateless”), in which he writes about a young man who is arrested and taken to a concentration camp but conforms […]

János (John C.) Harsányi

János (John C.) Harsányi (1920-) was born in Budapest, and educated at one of the best schools, the Lutheran Gymnasium in Budapest, with such distinguished alumni as John von Neumann and Eugene Wigner. He shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics together with John Nash and Reinhard Selten „for their pioneering analysis of equilibria in […]

György (George A.) Oláh

György (George A.) Oláh (1927-) was born in Budapest. He was educated at the Technical University of Budapest. Dr. Oláh left Hungary in 1956 soon after the failed uprising against Communist rule and moved to the United States. In the field of modern organic chemistry his works overthrew the dogmas of the quattro chemical valency […]

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel (1928-) was born in Máramarossziget, now Sighet, Transylvania. During World War II, he, with his family and other Jews from the area, were deported to the German concentration and extermination camps, where his parents and little sister perished. He is the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize „because He was one of […]

John C. Polanyi

John C. Polanyi (1929-)was born in Berlin from Hungarian parents, Michael and Magda Elizabeth Polanyi. The family moved to England in 1933. He obtained his B.Sc. in 1949 and his Ph.D. in 1952 at Manchester University. He shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Dudley R. Herschbach and Yuan Tseh Lee „for contributions […]

Dénes (Dennis) Gábor

Dénes (Dennis) Gábor (1900-1979) was born in Budapest as the oldest son of Bertalan Gabor, director of a mining company, and his wife Adrienne. He graduated from the Technische Hochschule in Berlin in 1924 and received his Doctorate there in 1927, in electrical engineering. He ranks as one of the pioneers of the theory of […]

Jeno (Eugene P.) Wigner

Jeno (Eugene P.) Wigner (1902-1995) received the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Maria Goeppert-Mayerand Hans David Jensen „for his contributions to the theory of the atomic nucleus and the elementary particles, particularly through the discovery and application of fundamental symmetry principles. Wigner played an outstanding role in the peaceful and safe utilization of […]

György (Georg von) Békésy

György (Georg von) Békésy (1899-1972) the son of Alexander von Békésy, a diplomat, and his wife, Paula, received his early education in Munich, Constantinople, Budapest, and in a private school in Zurich. He received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1923 from the University of Budapest. He was the recipient of the 1961 Nobel Prize in […]

György (George de) Hevesy

György (George de) Hevesy (1885-1966) George de Hevesy was born in Budapest on August 1st, 1885, the son of Louis de Hevesy, Court Counsellor and Eugénie, née Baroness Schosberger. He studied at the Budapest Technical University and Berlin technical University and he gained his doctor’s degree at the University of Freiburg in 1908. He was […]

Albert Szent-Györgyi

Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986) was born in Budapest, and obtained his diploma in medicine in 1917. For more than 10 years he toured the world, and at Cambridge he obtained his Ph. D. in chemistry. After returning home he took up a professorial position and headed a department at the University of Szeged, where shortly he […]

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