Endre Alexander Balazs

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Endre Alexander Balazs
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Born(1920-01-10)10 January 1920
Died29 August 2015(2015-08-29) (aged 95)
Alma materUniversity of Budapest
Known forHyaluronic acid.
AwardsHelen Keller Prize for Vision Research (2011)[1]

Endre A. Balazs (10 January 1920 – 29 August 2015) was a Hungarian inventor who transformed a natural lubricant into a palliative for arthritic knees. He devoted seven decades to exploring the therapeutic potential of hyaluronic acid.[2] He was enlisted in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012.


He was born in 1920, in Budapest, Hungary. His father was an engineer at the Budapest Waterworks until the Communist takeover after World War II.[2]

He graduated from the University of Budapest in 1942 and started his research career at the Department of Histology and Embryology of the university. In 1947, he continued his research at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.[3] He was the director of ophthalmic research at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, from 1975 to 1982.

He died on August 29, 2015 in Saint-Tropez, France.[2]


He endowed a professorship at the Karolinska Institutet.[4]


  1. ^ Endre A. Balazs - Helen Keller Foundation
  2. ^ a b c "Endre A. Balazs, Doctor Who Found a Lubricant for Arthritic Knees, Dies at 95". The New York Times. September 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Endre Alexander Balazs". www.ishas.org. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  4. ^ "Pioneer and donor Endre A. Balazs has passed away". ki.se. Retrieved 2015-10-13.