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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
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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Albert Szent-Györgyi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Dec. 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 75
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Ányos Jedlik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Dec. 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 87
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
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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Daniel Carleton Gajdusek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 95 (1908-2003)
Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who, although he claimed he did not care for the title. He made numerous contributions to nuclear and molecular physics, ...more
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Egon Orowan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Dec. 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
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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Felix Philipp Kanitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 91
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
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 Kornai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from Hungary
age 91
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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
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