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List of notable or famous mathematicians from Hungary, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in Hungary and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to Hungary. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Hungarian mathematicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These mathematicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known mathematician from Hungary is included when available.

List people range from John von Neumann to Eugene Wigner.

This historic mathematicians from Hungary list can help answer the questions "Who are some Hungarian mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from Hungary?" These prominent mathematicians of Hungary may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Hungarian mathematicians.

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Abraham Wald is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 48 (1902-1950) Abraham Wald was a mathematician born in Cluj, in the then Austria–Hungary who contributed to decision theory, geometry, and econometrics, and founded the field of statistical sequential ...more

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Alfréd Haar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Alfréd Haar Dec. at 48 (1885-1933) Alfréd Haar was a Jewish Hungarian mathematician. In 1904 he began to study at the University of Göttingen. His doctorate was supervised by David Hilbert. The Haar measure, Haar ...more

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Alfréd Rényi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 49 (1921-1970) Alfréd Rényi was a Hungarian mathematician who made contributions in combinatorics, graph theory, number theory but mostly in probability theory.

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András Gyárfás is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
András Gyárfás age 73 András Gyárfás is a Hungarian mathematician who specializes in the study of graph theory. His Erdős number is 1. Together with Paul Erdős he conjectured what is now called ...more

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András Kornai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 61 András Kornai, son of economist János Kornai, is a well-known mathematical linguist. He earned his mathematics PhD in 1983 from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest ...more

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Arthur Erdélyi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 69 (1908-1977) Arthur Erdélyi FRS, FRSE was a Hungarian-born British mathematician. Erdélyi was a leading expert on special functions, particularly orthogonal polynomials and hypergeometric

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Béla Bollobás is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 74 Béla Bollobás FRS is a Hungarian-born British mathematician who has worked in various areas of mathematics, including functional analysis, combinatorics, graph theory, and ...more

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Béla Kerékjártó is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Béla Kerékjártó Dec. at 48 (1898-1946) Béla Kerékjártó was a Hungarian mathematician who wrote numerous articles on topology. Kerékjártó earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of ...more

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Béla Szőkefalvi-Nagy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Béla Szőkefalvi-Nagy Dec. at 85 (1913-1998) Béla Szőkefalvi-Nagy was a Hungarian mathematician. His father, Gyula Szőkefalvi-Nagy was also a famed mathematician. Szőkefalvi-Nagy collaborated with Alfréd Haar and Frigyes ...more

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Cornelius Lanczos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 81 (1893-1974) Cornelius Lanczos was a Jewish Hungarian mathematician and physicist, who was born on February 2, 1893, and died on June 25, 1974. He was born in Székesfehérvár to Karl ...more

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Dénes Kőnig is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dénes Kőnig Dec. at 60 (1884-1944) Dénes Kőnig was a Jewish Hungarian mathematician who worked in and wrote the first textbook on the field of graph theory.

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Endre Szemerédi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 77 Endre Szemerédi is an Hungarian-American mathematician, working in the field of combinatorics and theoretical computer science. He has been the State of New Jersey Professor of computer ...more

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Ernő Lendvai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Ernő Lendvai Dec. at 68 (1925-1993) Ernő Lendvai was one of the first music theorists to write on the appearance of the golden section and Fibonacci series and how these are implemented in Bartók's music. He also formulated ...more

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Esther Szekeres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Esther Szekeres Dec. at 95 (1910-2005) Esther Szekeres was a Hungarian–Australian mathematician with an Erdős number of 1.

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Eugene Wigner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 93 (1902-1995) Eugene Paul "E. P." Wigner, was a Hungarian American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 "for his contributions to ...more

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Éva Tardos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 61 Éva Tardos is a Hungarian mathematician and the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. Tardos received her Dipl.Math in 1981 and her Ph.D. 1984 from ...more

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Farkas Bolyai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Farkas Bolyai Dec. at 81 (1775-1856) Farkas Bolyai was a Hungarian mathematician, mainly known for his work in geometry.

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Frigyes Riesz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 76 (1880-1956) Frigyes Riesz was a Hungarian mathematician who made fundamental contributions to functional analysis.

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Gábor Szegő is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 90 (1895-1985) Gábor Szegő was a Hungarian mathematician. He was one of the foremost analysts of his generation and made fundamental contributions to the theory of Toeplitz matrices and orthogonal

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Gábor Tardos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Gábor Tardos age 53 Gábor Tardos is a Hungarian mathematician, currently a professor and Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University. He works mainly in combinatorics and computer science. He is the ...more

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Gabriel Andrew Dirac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 59 (1925-1984) Gabriel Andrew Dirac was a mathematician who mainly worked in graph theory. He stated a sufficient condition for a graph to contain a Hamiltonian circuit. In 1951 he conjectured that n points in ...more

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George Pólya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 98 (1887-1985) George Pólya was a Hungarian mathematician. He was a professor of mathematics from 1914 to 1940 at ETH Zürich and from 1940 to 1953 at Stanford University. He made fundamental ...more

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George Szekeres is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 94 (1911-2005) George Szekeres AM was a Hungarian–Australian mathematician.

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Géza Ottlik is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Géza Ottlik Dec. at 78 (1912-1990) Géza Ottlik was a Hungarian writer, translator, mathematician, and bridge theorist. According to an American obituary bridge column, he was known in Hungary as "the ultimate ...more

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Gyula Farkas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Gyula Farkas Dec. at 83 (1847-1930) Farkas Gyula, or Julius Farkas was a Hungarian mathematician and physicist. He attended the gymnasium at Győr, and studied law and physics at Budapest. After teaching in a secondary school at ...more

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Gyula Kőnig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Gyula Kőnig Dec. at 64 (1849-1913) Gyula Kőnig was a Hungarian mathematician. His mathematical publications in foreign languages appeared under the name Julius König. His son Dénes Kőnig was a graph theorist.

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Gyula O. H. Katona is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Gyula O. H. Katona age 77 Gyula O. H. Katona is a Hungarian mathematician known for his work in combinatorial set theory, and especially for the Kruskal–Katona theorem and his beautiful and elegant proof of the ...more

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Gyula Y. Katona is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Gyula Y. Katona age 52 Gyula Y. Katona is a Hungarian mathematician, the son of mathematician Gyula O. H. Katona. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from Hungarian Academy of Sciences, with a dissertation entitled Paths ...more

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Imre Csiszár is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 80 Imre Csiszár is a Hungarian mathematician with contributions to information theory and probability theory. In 1996 he won the Claude E. Shannon Award, the highest annual award given in ...more

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Imre Z. Ruzsa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 64 Imre Z. Ruzsa is a Hungarian mathematician specializing in number theory. Ruzsa participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad for Hungary, winning a silver medal in 1969, and two ...more

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István Hatvani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
István Hatvani Dec. at 68 (1718-1786) István Hatvani was a Hungarian mathematician. He worked on developing some of the earliest elements of probability theory.

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Johann Andreas Segner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 73 (1704-1777) Johann Segner was a Hungarian scientist. He was born in the Kingdom of Hungary, in the former Hungarian capital city of Pozsony. Johann Segner's ancestors came from Styria to Pressburg in the ...more

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János Apáczai Csere is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
János Apáczai Csere Dec. at 34 (1625-1659) János Apáczai Csere was a Transylvanian Hungarian polyglot and mathematician, famous for his work The Hungarian Encyclopedia, the first textbook to be written in Hungarian. The ...more

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János Bolyai is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 58 (1802-1860) János Bolyai or Johann Bolyai, was a Hungarian mathematician, one of the founders of non-Euclidean geometry — a geometry that differs from Euclidean geometry in its definition of parallel ...more

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Janos Galambos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Janos Galambos age 77 Janos Galambos is a mathematician affiliated with Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Galambos works on probability theory, number theory, statistics, and many other ...more

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János Kollár is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 61 János Kollár is a Hungarian mathematician, specializing in algebraic geometry.

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Jenő Egerváry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Jenő Egerváry Dec. at 67 (1891-1958) Jenő Egerváry was a Hungarian mathematician.

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Jenő Hunyady is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Jenő Hunyady Dec. at 51 (1838-1889) Jenő Hunyady was a Hungarian mathematician noted for his work on conic sections and linear algebra, specifically on determinants. He received his Ph.D. in Göttingen. He worked at the ...more

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John George Kemeny is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 66 (1926-1992) John George Kemeny was a Jewish-Hungarian American mathematician, computer scientist, and educator best known for co-developing the BASIC programming language in 1964 with Thomas E. Kurtz. ...more

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John Harnad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 72 John Harnad is a Hungarian-born mathematical physicist. He did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate work at the University of Oxford. He is currently Director of the ...more

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John von Neumann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 54 (1903-1957) John von Neumann was a Hungarian and later American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor, polymath, and polyglot. He made major contributions to a number of fields, including ...more

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Joseph Petzval is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Dec. at 84 (1807-1891) Joseph Petzval was a mathematician, inventor, and physicist best known for his work in optics. He was born in the town of Zipser Bela in the Kingdom of Hungary. Petzval studied and later ...more

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József Szoboszló is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
József Szoboszló Dec. at 64 (1817-1881)

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Károly Hadaly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Károly Hadaly Dec. at 91 (1743-1834) Károly Hadaly was a Hungarian mathematician. He studied at the University of Trnava, where he earned doctorates in philosophy and law. He was a professor of mathematics in Nagyszombat, in ...more

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Lajos Takács is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
Lajos Takács age 93 Lajos Takács is a Hungarian mathematician, known for his contributions to probability theory and in particular, queueing theory. He wrote over two hundred scientific papers and six books. ...more

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László Babai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
László Babai age 67 László Babai is a Hungarian professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on computational complexity theory, algorithms, ...more

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László Fejes Tóth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
László Fejes Tóth Dec. at 90 (1915-2005) László Fejes Tóth was a Hungarian mathematician who specialized in geometry. He proved that a lattice pattern is the most efficient way to pack centrally symmetric convex ...more

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László Kalmár is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
László Kalmár Dec. at 71 (1905-1976) László Kalmár was a Hungarian mathematician and Professor at the University of Szeged. Kalmár is considered the founder of mathematical logic and theoretical computer

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László Lovász is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
age 70 László Lovász is a Hungarian mathematician, best known for his work in combinatorics, for which he was awarded the Wolf Prize and the Knuth Prize in 1999, and the Kyoto ...more

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László Rédei is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Hungary
László Rédei Dec. at 80 (1900-1980) László Rédei was a Hungarian mathematician. He graduated from the University of Budapest and initially worked as a schoolteacher. In 1940 he was appointed professor in the ...more