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Famous Scientists from Hungary

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

List includes Nikola Tesla, Ányos Jedlik and more.

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

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  • 1

    Abraham Wald

    Dec. at 48 (1902-1950)

    BirthplaceCluj-Napoca, Romania

    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

    Albert Szent-Györgyi

    Dec. at 93 (1893-1986)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    Albert Szent-Györgyi von Nagyrápolt (; Hungarian: nagyrápolti Szent-Györgyi Albert [ˈnɒɟraːpolti ˈsɛɲɟørɟi ˈɒlbɛrt]; September 16, 1893 – October 22, 1986) was a Hungarian biochemist who won the...  more
  • 3

    Anna Balazs

    Age: 77
    Anna C. Balazs (born 1953) is an American materials scientist and engineer. She currently is Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and holds the John A. Swanson Chair at the Swanson...  more
  • 4

    Ányos Jedlik

    Dec. at 95 (1800-1895)


    Ányos István Jedlik (Hungarian: Jedlik Ányos István; Slovak: Štefan Anián Jedlík; in older texts and publications: Latin: Stephanus Anianus Jedlik; 11 January 1800 – 13 December 1895) was a Hungarian...  more
  • 5

    Charles Weissmann

    Age: 89

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Charles Weissmann (born 14 October 1931) is a Hungarian-born Swiss molecular biologist. Weissmann is particularly known for the first cloning and expression of interferon and his contributions to the...  more
  • 6

    Cornelius Lanczos

    Dec. at 81 (1893-1974)

    BirthplaceSzékesfehérvár, Hungary

    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
  • 7

    Daniel Carleton Gajdusek

    Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    BirthplaceYonkers, New York

    Daniel Carleton Gajdusek ( GHY-də-shek; September 9, 1923 – December 12, 2008) was an American physician and medical researcher who was the co-recipient (with Baruch S. Blumberg) of the Nobel Prize...  more
  • 8

    Dennis Gabor

    Dec. at 78 (1900-1979)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Dennis Gabor ( GAH-bor, gə-BOR; Hungarian: Gábor Dénes [ˈɡaːbor ˈdeːnɛʃ]; 5 June 1900 – 9 February 1979) was a Hungarian-British electrical engineer and physicist, most notable for inventing...  more
  • 9

    Edward Teller

    Dec. at 95 (1908-2003)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    Edward Teller (Hungarian: Teller Ede; January 15, 1908 – September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist who is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb" (see the...  more
  • 10

    Egon Orowan

    Dec. at 87 (1902-1989)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Egon Orowan FRS (Hungarian: Orován Egon) (August 2, 1902 – August 3, 1989) was a Hungarian-British physicist and metallurgist. According to György Marx, he was one of The Martians....  more
  • 11

    Eugene Wigner

    Dec. at 92 (1902-1995)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    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
  • 12

    Felix Philipp Kanitz

    Dec. at 74 (1829-1904)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Felix Philipp Kanitz (Bulgarian and Serbian Cyrillic: Феликс Филип Каниц, 2 August 1829 – 8 January 1904) was an Austro-Hungarian naturalist, geographer, ethnographer, archaeologist and author of...  more
  • 13

    Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás

    Dec. at 55 (1877-1933)

    BirthplaceDeva, Romania

    Baron Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás (also Baron Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás, Baron Nopcsa, Ferenc Nopcsa, báró felsőszilvási Nopcsa Ferenc, Baron Franz Nopcsa, and Franz Baron Nopcsa) (May 3, 1877 –...  more
  • 14

    Frigyes Riedl

    Dec. at 64 (1856-1921)
    Frigyes Riedl (September 12, 1856 in Ladomér – August 7, 1921 in Budapest) was a prominent Hungarian essayist, critic and literature historian. His most famous work is the monography of János Arany,...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    George Andrew Olah (born Oláh György; May 22, 1927 – March 8, 2017) was a Hungarian and American chemist. His research involved the generation and reactivity of carbocations via superacids. For this...  more
  • 16

    George de Hevesy

    Dec. at 80 (1885-1966)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    George Charles de Hevesy (German: Georg Karl von Hevesy; 1 August 1885 – 5 July 1966) was a Hungarian radiochemist and Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, recognized in 1943 for his key role in the...  more
  • 17

    Géza Vermès

    Dec. at 88 (1924-2013)

    BirthplaceMakó, Csongrád, Hungary

    Géza Vermes was a British scholar of Jewish Hungarian origin—one who also served as a Catholic priest in his youth—and writer on religious history, particularly Jewish and Christian. He was a noted...  more
  • 18

    Hans Selye

    Dec. at 75 (1907-1982)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye (; Hungarian: Selye János; January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982), was a pioneering Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted important...  more
  • 19

    Ignác Goldziher

    Dec. at 71 (1850-1921)

    BirthplaceSzékesfehérvár, Hungary

    Ignác (Yitzhaq Yehuda) Goldziher (22 June 1850 – 13 November 1921), often credited as Ignaz Goldziher, was a Hungarian scholar of Islam. Along with the German Theodor Nöldeke and the Dutch Christiaan...  more
  • 20

    Ignaz Semmelweis

    Dec. at 47 (1818-1865)


    Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis (German: [ɪˈɡnaːts ˈzɛml̩vaɪs]; Hungarian: Semmelweis Ignác Fülöp; 1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865) was a Hungarian physician of ethnic-German ancestry, now known as an early...  more

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  • 21

    Johann Andreas Segner

    Dec. at 72 (1704-1777)

    BirthplaceBratislava, Slovakia

    Johann Segner (Hungarian: János András Segner, German: Johann Andreas von Segner, Slovak: Ján Andrej Segner, Latin: Iohannes Andreas de Segner; October 9, 1704 – October 5, 1777) was a Hungarian...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    János Kornai, until 1945 János Kornhauser, (born 21 January 1928) is a Hungarian economist noted for his analysis and criticism of the command economies of Eastern European communist states....  more
  • 23

    János Zsámboky

    Dec. at 53 (1531-1584)

    BirthplaceTrnava, Slovakia

    János Zsámboky or János Zsámboki or János Sámboki, (with his humanist name Latin: Johannes Sambucus, or Johannes Pannonicus Sambucus; June 1, 1531 – June 13, 1584) was a Hungarian humanist scholar:...  more
  • 24

    Johann August Georg Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvar

    Dec. at 67 (1839-1907)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Johann August Georg Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvar (October 18, 1839 – October 2, 1907) was an Austro-Hungarian geologist and palaeontologist....  more
  • 25

    John George Kemeny

    Dec. at 66 (1926-1992)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    John George Kemeny (born Kemény János György; May 31, 1926 – December 26, 1992) was a Hungarian-born American mathematician, computer scientist, and educator best known for co-developing the BASIC...  more