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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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Abraham Wald is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died 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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Albert Szent-Györgyi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 93 (1893-1986) Albert Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt was a Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with discovering vitamin C and the ...more

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Anna Balazs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Anna Balazs age 74

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Ányos Jedlik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 95 (1800-1895) Ányos István Jedlik was a Hungarian inventor, engineer, physicist, and Benedictine priest of Slovak origin. He was also a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and author of ...more

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Charles Weissmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Charles Weissmann age 86 Charles Weissmann is a Hungarian-born Swiss molecular biologist. Weissmann is particularly known for the first cloning and expression of interferon and his contributions to the unraveling of the ...more

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Cornelius Lanczos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died 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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Daniel Carleton Gajdusek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 85 (1923-2008) Daniel Carleton Gajdusek was an American physician and medical researcher who was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1976 for work on kuru, the first human prion ...more

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Dennis Gabor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 79 (1900-1979) Dennis Gabor CBE, FRS was a Hungarian-British electrical engineer and physicist, most notable for inventing holography, for which he later received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 95 (1908-2003) Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who, although he claimed he did not care for the title, is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb". He ...more

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Egon Orowan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 87 (1902-1989) Egon Orowan FRS was a Hungarian/British/U.S. physicist and metallurgist.

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Eugene Wigner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died 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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Felix Philipp Kanitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 75 (1829-1904) Felix Philipp Kanitz was an Austro-Hungarian naturalist, geographer, ethnographer, archaeologist and author of travel notes.

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Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás Died at 56 (1877-1933) Baron Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás was a Hungarian-born aristocrat, adventurer, scholar, and paleontologist. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of paleobiology and Albanian

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Frigyes Riedl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Frigyes Riedl Died at 65 (1856-1921) Frigyes Riedl was a prominent Hungarian essayist, critic and literature historian. His most famous work is the monography of János Arany, one of the most important 19th century Hungarian

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George Andrew Olah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
age 90 George Andrew Olah is a Hungarian and American chemist. His research involves the generation and reactivity of carbocations via superacids. For this research, Olah was awarded a Nobel Prize in ...more

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George de Hevesy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 81 (1885-1966) George Charles de Hevesy was a Hungarian radiochemist and Nobel laureate, recognized in 1943 for his key role in the development of radioactive tracers to study chemical processes such as in the ...more

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Géza Vermès is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Géza Vermès Died at 89 (1924-2013) 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 ...more

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Hans Selye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 75 (1907-1982) János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, CC, was a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical ...more

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Ignác Goldziher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Ignác Goldziher Died at 71 (1850-1921) Ignác Goldziher, often credited as Ignaz Goldziher, was a Hungarian scholar of Islam. Along with the German Theodor Nöldeke and the Dutch Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, he is ...more

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Ignaz Semmelweis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 47 (1818-1865) Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician of German extraction now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "savior of mothers", Semmelweis ...more

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Johann Andreas Segner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died 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 Kornai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
age 90 János Kornai, until 1945 János Kornhauser, is an economist noted for his analysis and criticism of the command economies of Eastern European communist states.

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János Zsámboky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
János Zsámboky Died at 53 (1531-1584) János Zsámboky or János Zsámboki or János Sámboki, was a Hungarian humanist scholar: physician, philologist and historian. Zsámboky was born in ...more

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Johann August Georg Edmund Moj... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Johann August Georg Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvar Died at 68 (1839-1907) Johann August Georg Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvar was an Austro-Hungarian geologist and palaeontologist. Mojsisovics was the son of the surgeon Georg Mojsisovics von Mojsvar. He was born at ...more

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John George Kemeny is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died 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) 26 on the list Famous Scientists 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 Polanyi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
age 89 John Charles Polanyi, PC CC FRSC OOnt FRS is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was educated at Manchester ...more

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John von Neumann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died 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) 29 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died 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 Károly Hell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 76 (1713-1789) Jozef Karol Hell was a Hungarian mining engineer and inventor, who invented the water-pillar in 1749. It is mainly used today for oil extraction. He also proposed construction of the tajchy ...more

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József Szabó von Szentmiklós is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
József Szabó von Szentmiklós Died at 72 (1822-1894) József Szabó de Szentmiklós, Hungarian geologist, was born at Kalocsa. His first contribution to science was an essay on metallurgy, in which subject he had received special ...more

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Kálmán Thaly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Kálmán Thaly Died at 70 (1839-1909) Kálmán Thaly was a Hungarian poet, historian and politician. His most important works are his Kuruc poetry, the most famous literary forgery in the history of Hungarian

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Károly Bund is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 62 (1869-1931) Károly Bund was a professional forestry engineer and an early environmentalist, serving as executive secretary of Hungary's National Forestry Association, from 1900 until his death.

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Ladislas Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 88 (1906-1994) Ladislas Goldstein was was professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois and visiting professor of Physics at the University of Paris-Orsay. He was born in Dombrád, ...more

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László Almásy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 56 (1895-1951) László Ede Almásy de Zsadány et Törökszentmiklós was a Hungarian aristocrat, motorist, desert explorer, aviator, Scout-leader and sportsman who also ...more

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László Kalmár is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
László Kalmár Died 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 Mérő is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
László Mérő age 68 László Mérő is a Hungarian research psychologist and popular science author. He is a lecturer at the Experimental Psychology Department of Eötvös Loránd ...more

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Leó Szilárd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 66 (1898-1964) Leó Szilárd was a Hungarian-American physicist and inventor. He conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933, patented the idea of a nuclear reactor with Enrico Fermi, and in late ...more

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Marcel Grossmann is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 58 (1878-1936) Marcel Grossmann was a mathematician and a friend and classmate of Albert Einstein. Grossmann was a member of an old Swiss family from Zurich. His father managed a textile factory. He became a ...more

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Martin Roth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Martin Roth Died at 89 (1917-2006) Professor Sir Martin Roth, FRS was a British psychiatrist. He was Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, 1977–85, then Professor Emeritus, and was a Fellow of Trinity College, ...more

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Matthias Bel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 65 (1684-1749) Matthias Bel or Matthias Bél was a Lutheran pastor and polymath from the Kingdom of Hungary. He is also known as the Great Ornament of Hungary. He described himself as "lingua ...more

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Maximilian Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 72 (1720-1792) Maximilian Hell was a Hungarian astronomer and an ordained Jesuit priest from the Kingdom of Hungary.

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Michael Balint is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 74 (1896-1970) Michael Balint was a Hungarian psychoanalyst who spent most of his adult life in England. He was a proponent of the Object Relations school.

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Nicholas Kaldor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 78 (1908-1986) Nicholas Kaldor, Baron Kaldor was a Cambridge economist in the post-war period. He developed the "compensation" criteria called Kaldor–Hicks efficiency for welfare comparisons, derived ...more

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 87 (1856-1943) Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more

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Paul Nemenyi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 57 (1895-1952) Paul Felix Nemenyi was a Hungarian mathematician and physicist specializing in continuum mechanics. Nemenyi's mathematical research encompassed: continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, ...more

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Pavol Adami is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Pavol Adami Died at 56 (1739-1795) Pavol Adami, Adámi Pál, Paul Adami was a Slovak scientist and scholar, considered one of the world's first veterinarians. He was one of the first recorded experts in the infectious ...more

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Péter Molnár is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Péter Molnár Péter Molnár is a Hungarian academic and intellectual, working on questions related to communication law and freedom of speech. Molnár graduated from the Eötvös ...more

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Peter Thomas Bauer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 87 (1915-2002) Peter Thomas Bauer, Baron Bauer was a development economist. Bauer is best remembered for his opposition to the widely held notion that the most effective manner to help developing countries ...more

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Philipp Lenard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Died at 85 (1862-1947) Philipp Eduard Anton von Lenard, was a German physicist and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1905 for his research on cathode rays and the discovery of many of their properties. He ...more