Some Famous People Born in Hungary
Joseph Kleitsch (b. 6 June 1882 Banat, Hungary, d. 16 November 1931
Laguna Beach, California)- Award winning painter of landscapes done of the
Laguna Beach, California area. Works by Joseph Kleitsch can be found at
the Laguna Beach Museum of Art and in important private collections.
In the area of Science :
Edward (Ede) Teller (1909-)- Physicist, "father of the hydrogen bomb."
Leo Szilárd (b. 11 February 1898, Budapest, d. 30 May 1964, La Jolla, California)-Physicist - Co-developed the Atomic Bomb, patented the nuclear reactor, catalyst of the Manhattan Project.
Eugene Wigner (born Jenó Pál Wigner 17November 1902, Budapest, d. 1 January 1995, Princeton, New Jersey) - Nobel Prize 1963 Co-develped the atomic bomb and is known as a Founder of Nuclear Engineering. He shared his Nobel prize with parter Leo Szilárd.
Dennis Gabor (Dénes Gábor) (b. 5 June 1900 in Budapest, d. 9 July 1979 in London) - Nobel Prize winner in 1971 "For his investigation and development of holography." The father of the hologram was raised in Hungary, attended university in Germany, but later fled to England in 1933 when Hitler came to power where he lived the rest of his life.
Col. Ágoston Haraszthy (b. 30 August 1812, Futak, Bacska County, Hungary, d. 6 July 1869)-a Hungarian aristocrat who moved to America and is known as "The Father of the Californa Wine Culture."
Ernô Rubik (b. 13 July 1944 Budapest -) -Mathematician, and Inventor of the Rubik's Cube in 1974.
Lajos Lóczy (b. 2 November 1849 Pozsony, Hungary (now called Bratislava, Slovakia), d. 13 May 1920, Balatonarács, Hungary) - Geologist and Geographer who was the first to scientifically describe the area of the mountains bordering the Tibetan Plateau. In 1878 he was with a group who were the first western visitors to remote ancient Buddhist sites like the oasis town of Dunhuang at the edge of the Gobi desert.
Count Ede László Almásy (b. Borostyanko, Hungary 1895 now called BernsteinAustria, d. 1951, Salzburg) -the real life "English Patient" immortalized in the movie.He was an explorer and double agent.
Charles Fleischmann (b. 11/3/1834, Budapest, d. 12/10/1889, Cincinatti)-Founder of the Standard Brands Yeast Company of Fleischmann's Yeast fame.
Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory (Born 17 August,1560, d. August 21, 1614)- the infamous "Blood Countess", murderer of hundreds of young peasant girls in her castle.
Mickey (Miklós) Hargitay (b. 19 October 1927, Budapest, Hungary, D. September 14, 2006)-fled Hungary in 1947, later Mr. Universe of 1955, "B" actor, and husband of blond bombshell Jayne Mansfield.
Joe Bugner (b. 1950, Hungary)- (WBF) World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Australian Heavyweight Champion - Fought Muhammad Ali for the world title two times.
Peter Munk (b. 8 November 1927) Canadian industrial tycoon & founder of the Barrick Gold and and Canadian construction firm TrizecHahn. Born in Hungary, his family fled the Nazi takeover of Hungary and eventually they ended up in Canada.