READ
4.5k readers

Famous Mathematicians from Hungary

Updated October 13, 2018 4.5k views75 items

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.

Use this list of renowned Hungarian mathematicians to discover some new mathematicians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Dec. at 48 (1902-1950)

    BirthplaceCluj-Napoca, Romania

    NationalityHungary

    Abraham Wald (; Hungarian: Wald Ábrahám; (1902-10-31)31 October 1902 – (1950-12-13)13 December 1950) was a Hungarian mathematician who contributed to decision theory, geometry, and econometrics, and...  more
  • 2
    Dec. at 47 (1885-1933)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Alfréd Haar (Hungarian: Haar Alfréd; 11 October 1885, Budapest – 16 March 1933, Szeged) was a Hungarian mathematician. In 1904 he began to study at the University of Göttingen. His doctorate was...  more
  • 3
    Dec. at 48 (1921-1970)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Alfréd Rényi (20 March 1921 – 1 February 1970) was a Hungarian mathematician who made contributions in combinatorics, graph theory, number theory but mostly in probability theory. ...  more
  • 4

    NationalityHungary

    András Gyárfás (born 1945) is a Hungarian mathematician who specializes in the study of graph theory. Together with Paul Erdős he conjectured what is now called the Erdős–Gyárfás conjecture which...  more
  • 5

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary

    András Kornai (born 1957 in Budapest), son of economist János Kornai, is a mathematical linguist. He earned PhD in mathematics in 1983 from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, where his advisor was...  more
  • 6
    Dec. at 69 (1908-1977)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom

    Arthur Erdélyi FRS, FRSE (2 October 1908 – 12 December 1977) was a Hungarian-born British mathematician. Erdélyi was a leading expert on special functions, particularly orthogonal polynomials and...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Béla Bollobás FRS (born 3 August 1943) is a Hungarian-born British mathematician who has worked in various areas of mathematics, including functional analysis, combinatorics, graph theory, and...  more
  • 8
    Dec. at 47 (1898-1946)

    NationalityHungary

    Béla Kerékjártó (1 October 1898, Budapest – 26 June 1946, Gyöngyös) was a Hungarian mathematician who wrote numerous articles on topology. Kerékjártó earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Béla Szőkefalvi-Nagy (29 July 1913, Kolozsvár – 21 December 1998, Szeged) was a Hungarian mathematician. His father, Gyula Szőkefalvi-Nagy was also a famed mathematician. Szőkefalvi-Nagy collaborated...  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 81 (1893-1974)

    BirthplaceSzékesfehérvár, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Cornelius (Cornel) Lanczos (Hungarian: Lánczos Kornél, pronounced [ˈlaːnt͡soʃ ˈkorneːl], born as Kornél Lőwy, until 1906: Löwy (Lőwy) Kornél) was a Hungarian mathematician and physicist, who was born...  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 60 (1884-1944)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Dénes Kőnig (September 21, 1884 – October 19, 1944) was a Hungarian mathematician of Jewish heritage who worked in and wrote the first textbook on the field of graph theory....  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary

    Endre Szemerédi (Hungarian: [ˈɛndrɛ ˈsɛmɛreːdi]; born August 21, 1940) is a Hungarian-American mathematician and computer scientist, working in the field of combinatorics and theoretical computer...  more
  • 13
    Dec. at 67 (1925-1993)

    BirthplaceKaposvár, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Ernő Lendvai (February 6, 1925 – January 31, 1993) 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...  more
  • 14
    Dec. at 95 (1910-2005)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Esther Szekeres (Hungarian: Klein Eszter; 20 February 1910 – 28 August 2005) was a Hungarian–Australian mathematician....  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 92 (1902-1995)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    NationalityAustria, United States of America, Hungary

    Eugene Paul "E. P." Wigner (Hungarian: Wigner Jenő Pál; November 17, 1902 – January 1, 1995) was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceHungary

    NationalityHungary

    Éva Tardos (born 1 October 1957) is a Hungarian mathematician and the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. Tardos's research interest is algorithms. Her work...  more
  • 17
    Dec. at 81 (1775-1856)

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    NationalityHungary

    Farkas Bolyai (Hungarian: [ˈfɒrkɒʃ ˈboːjɒi]; 9 February 1775 – 20 November 1856; also known as Wolfgang Bolyai in Germany) was a Hungarian mathematician, mainly known for his work in geometry....  more
  • 18
    Dec. at 76 (1880-1956)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Győr, Western Transdanubia, Győr-Moson-Sopron County

    NationalityHungary

    Frigyes Riesz (Hungarian: Riesz Frigyes, pronounced [ˈriːs ˈfriɟɛʃ]; 22 January 1880 – 28 February 1956) was a Hungarian mathematician who made fundamental contributions to functional analysis, as...  more
  • 19
    Dec. at 90 (1895-1985)

    BirthplaceKunhegyes, Hungary

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary

    Gábor Szegő (Hungarian: [ˈɡaːbor ˈsɛɡøː]) (January 20, 1895 – August 7, 1985) was a Hungarian-American mathematician. He was one of the foremost mathematical analysts of his generation and made...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Gábor Tardos (born 11 July 1964) is a Hungarian mathematician, currently a professor at Central European University and previously a Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University. He works mainly...  more
  • 21
    Dec. at 59 (1925-1984)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Gabriel Andrew Dirac (13 March 1925 – 20 July 1984) 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...  more
  • 22
    Dec. at 97 (1887-1985)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    George Pólya (; Hungarian: Pólya György [ˈpoːjɒ ˈɟørɟ]) (December 13, 1887 – September 7, 1985) was a Hungarian mathematician. He was a professor of mathematics from 1914 to 1940 at ETH Zürich and...  more
  • 23
    Dec. at 94 (1911-2005)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary, Australia

    George Szekeres AM FAA (Hungarian: [ˈsɛkɛrɛʃ]; 29 May 1911 – 28 August 2005) was a Hungarian–Australian mathematician....  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 78 (1912-1990)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary

    Géza Ottlik (9 May 1912 – 9 October 1990) was a Hungarian writer, translator, mathematician, and bridge theorist. According to an American obituary bridge column, he was known in Hungary as "the...  more
  • 25
    Dec. at 83 (1847-1930)

    BirthplaceHungary

    NationalityHungary

    Farkas Gyula, or Julius Farkas (March 28, 1847 – December 27, 1930) was a Hungarian mathematician and physicist. He attended the gymnasium at Győr (Raab), and studied law and physics at Pest. After...  more