(b. 3/26/1913, Budapest, d. 9/20/1996 Warsaw) Erdős, do this his overly protective mother, was mostly home educated until his late teenage years. His genius was discovered at a very early age, when at 3 after having been introduced to integers and subtraction, he derived negative numbers. Since his father introduced him to prime numbers at […]
(b. 1900, d. 1996) Maria Telkes first became interested in the problems of solar power as a high-school student. She came to the United States in 1925 with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Budapest. After working at several public and private organizations as a researcher, in 1939 she came to the […]
(b. 1818, Buda, d. 1865, Vienna) Semmelweis received his primary and secondary education Budapest. Initially, he started his university education in the field of law, but soon he became drawn by medical sciences in Vienna. After receiving education in surgical training and learning diagnostic and statistical methods, Semmelweis soon concerned himself with the problem of […]
(b. 12/13/1887 Budapest, d. 9/7/1985 Palo Alto, California) Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Polya worked in probability, analysis, number theory, geometry, combinatorics and mathematical physics. He left Hungary for Brown University for two years and later took up an appointment at Stanford. He enjoyed the esteem of the mathematical community not only for his […]
Ernő Rubik (Hungarian: [?rubik ??rnø?]; born 13 July 1944) is a Hungarian inventor, architect and professor of architecture. He is best known for the invention of mechanical puzzles including Rubik’s Cube (1974), Rubik’s Magic, Rubik’s Magic: Master Edition, Rubik’s Snake. While Rubik grew to fame based on the Rubik’s Cube and his other puzzles, much […]
(b. 3/30/21 Budapest, d. 2/1/70 Budapest) Alfréd Rényi received a literary, rather than scientific, schooling in Budapest and Szeged. His studies were interrupted in 1944, when he was forced to a Nazi Labor Camp, but somehow managed to escape and even rescue his parents from the ghetto. After the war he finished his PhD studies […]
(b. 1881, d. 1955) One of the most talented technical forebears in American automotive industry, József Galamb had a very eventful career. He was born in the small Hungarian town of Makó in 1881. Few years after his graduation from the Budapest Technical University, he crossed the Atlantic to try his luck at the Ford […]
(b. 1800, d. 1895) Jedlik was born in the county of Komarom and was educated in Nagyszombat and Pozsony, all Hungarian cities before the treaty of WWI. After his educations he joined the order of Benedictine and became a lecturer in their schools. In 1839 he started lecturing at the Budapest University of Sciences department […]
(b. 1907, d. ) Béla Barényi was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Austrian and Hungaian parents. He completed his engineering studies at the Technikum in Vienna. In 1925, he designed the famous Volkswagen Beetle. Because Porsche was later credited with the invention (1938), Berényi took legal action in 1955. The German Courts and the […]
(b. 1899, d. 1985) Bíró, a Hungarian journalist, magazine publisher, sculptor, and painter, during a visit to a printer’s noticed how quickly the printer’s ink dried. It occurred to him that this fast-drying ink would work well in a fountain pen. This dense ink, however, would not flow through a pen. Therefore, Biro decided to […]
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