Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986): the discoverer of Vitamin C and a Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine for his description of the oxidation of nutrients by the cell

Imre Kertész (1929-2016): the first Hungarian ever to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, for his novel ‘Fateless’

Ignác Semmelweis (1818-1865): the physician who discovered that the principal reason behind childbed fever was insufficient hand washing, leading to him being known as the ‘saviour of mothers’

László Bíró (1899-1985): inventor of the ballpoint pen, which is still widely referred to as a biro in many English-speaking countries

Ferenc Puskás (1927-2006): legendary football icon who played in Hungary and then Spain for Real Madrid, winning a combined total of ten league championships. The FIFA Puskás Award for ‘the most beautiful goal’ of the past year was named after him

John von Neumann (1903-1957): mathematician known as ‘the Father of the Computer’

Robert Capa (1913-1954): Hungarian war photographer and photo journalist, best known for the photo of ‘The Death of a Loyalist Soldier’ during the Spanish Civil War

Victor Vasarely (1906-1997): painter, famous for his geometrical style of painting

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): composer and pianist, a revolutionary figure in romantic music and the greatest pianist of his time

Béla Bartók (1881-1945): one of the most significant musicians and composers of the 20th century, whose music is invigorated by the themes, modes and rhythmic patterns of Hungarian and other folk music traditions

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967): composer and ethnomusicologist, the creator of a special music-teaching technique known as the Kodály method

Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911): journalist and publisher, best known for the Pulitzer Prizes which were established in his name posthumously

Harry Houdini (1874-1926): magician and illusionist born in Budapest, famous for his astonishing escape acts

Paul Erdős (1913-1996): mathematician, best known for his work in number theory, combinatorics and probability theory

Zoltán Kocsis (1952-2016): globally acclaimed pianist, conductor and composer, co-founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and musical director of the Hungarian National Philharmonic

Ernő Rubik (1944-): the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, an influential designer and founder of many initiatives concerning science in education with a main focus on problem solving

Iván Fischer (1951-): conductor and composer, founder of one of the world’s finest orchestras (the Budapest Festival Orchestra) and director of the Berlin Konzerthaus

László Nemes Jeles (1977-): film director and screenwriter, the second Hungarian to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his movie Son of Saul (2016)

István Szabó (1938-): film and opera director, screen writer, the first ever Hungarian to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with Mephisto (1981)

Charles Simonyi (1948-): computer programmer and businessman, the architect of Microsoft’s most successful products Word and Excel

Dániel Rátai (1985-): founder of the entirely three-dimensional virtual reality environment Leonar3Do

Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (1934-): psychologist, father of the flow concept, and the world's leading researcher on positive psychology

Judit Polgár (1976-): chess grandmaster, considered the greatest female chess player of all time

Katinka Hosszú (1989-): swimmer, three-time Olympic champion and five-time long-course world champion

Áron Losonczi (1977–): inventor of light-transmitting concrete LiTraCon

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March 9, 2017 08:56
14-25 August, 2017

Eötvös Loránd University organizes the first ELTE Budapest Summer University, which is a two-week program offered to Hungarian and international students, in various study fields. Language of the summer university is English.

March 1, 2017 16:33
Interviews with international students
February 11, 2017 12:32
Study in Hungary goes to ICIEP International Education Fair

Russian students will have the opportunity to get familiar with Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where ICIEP International Education Fair will take place on the 18-19st of February in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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