Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Coordinates: 47°30′4″N 19°2′47″E / 47.50111°N 19.04639°E / 47.50111; 19.04639
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Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia
Formation3 November 1825; 197 years ago (1825-11-03)[1]
TypeNational academy
HeadquartersBudapest, Hungary
  • Budapest, Arany János u. 1, 1051 Hungary
Coordinates47°30′4″N 19°2′47″E / 47.50111°N 19.04639°E / 47.50111; 19.04639 Map
Region served
Membership (2014)
Tamás Freund [hu]
Formerly called
Magyar Tudós Társaság

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungarian: Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, MTA) is the most important and prestigious learned society of Hungary. Its seat is at the bank of the Danube in Budapest, between Széchenyi rakpart and Akadémia utca. Its main responsibilities are the cultivation of science, dissemination of scientific findings, supporting research and development, and representing Hungarian science domestically and around the world.


The history of the academy began in 1825 when Count István Széchenyi offered one year's income of his estate for the purposes of a Learned Society at a district session of the Diet in Pressburg (Pozsony, present Bratislava, seat of the Hungarian Parliament at the time), and his example was followed by other delegates. Its task was specified as the development of the Hungarian language and the study and propagation of the sciences and the arts in Hungarian. It received its current name in 1845.

Its central building was inaugurated in 1865, in Renaissance Revival architecture style. The architect was Friedrich August Stüler.


László Lovász, the president of the Academy till 2020. Previously he served as the president of International Mathematical Union.
Count István Széchenyi offers one year's income of his estate for the purposes of a Learned Society.

A scientific section is a unit of the Academy organized by one or some closely related branches of science. A scientific section follows with attention, promotes and evaluates all scientific activities conducted within its field(s) of science; takes a stand on scientific issues as well as in matters concerning science policy and research organization, submits opinion on the activities of the Academy's research institutes, and on those of university chairs and other research units that are supported by the Academy, and participates in the procedure of awarding the title of Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the post-Ph.D academic degree, the D.Sc degree in Hungary.

Today it has eleven main sections:[3]

  • I. Section of Linguistics and Literary Scholarship
  • II. Section of Philosophy and Historical Sciences
  • III. Section of Mathematics
  • IV. Section of Agricultural Sciences
  • V. Section of Medical Sciences
  • VI. Section of Engineering Sciences
  • VII. Section of Chemical Sciences
  • VIII. Section of Biological Sciences
  • IX. Section of Economics and Law
  • X. Section of Earth Sciences
  • XI. Section of Physical Sciences

Research institutes until 2019[edit]

Presidents of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences[edit]

Count József Teleki November 17, 1830 – February 15, 1855
Count Emil Dessewffy April 17, 1855 – January 10, 1866
Baron József Eötvös March 18, 1866 – February 2, 1871
Baron Menyhért Lónyay May 17, 1871 – November 3, 1884
Dr. Ágoston Trefort May 28, 1885 – August 22, 1888
Baron Loránd Eötvös May 3, 1889 – October 5, 1905
Albert Berzeviczy November 27, 1905 – March 22, 1936
Archduke Joseph Habsburg March 22, 1936 – October 1944
Gyula Kornis March 7, 1945 – October 29, 1945
Gyula Moór October 29, 1945 – July 24, 1946
Zoltán Kodály July 24, 1946 – November 29, 1949
István Rusznyák November 29, 1949 – February 5, 1970
Tibor Erdey-Grúz February 5, 1970 – August 16, 1976
János Szentágothai October 26, 1976 – May 10, 1985
Iván T. Berend May 10, 1985 – May 24, 1990
Domokos Kosáry May 24, 1990 – May 9, 1996
Ferenc Glatz May 9, 1996 – May 4, 2002
Szilveszter Vizi May 5, 2002 – May 6, 2008
József Pálinkás May 6, 2008 – May 5, 2014
László Lovász May 6, 2014 – July 31, 2020
Tamás Freund August 1, 2020 – present

Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts[edit]

The Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts (Hungarian: Széchenyi Irodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia) was created in 1992 as an academy associated yet independent from the HAS. Some of the known members are György Konrád, Magda Szabó, Péter Nádas writers, Zoltán Kocsis pianist, Miklós Jancsó, István Szabó film directors. The last president was Károly Makk, film director, who succeeded László Dobszay (resigned on April 20, 2011[5]).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Magyar Tudományos Akadémiáról" (in Hungarian). MTA. Archived from the original on 21 December 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  2. ^ "MTA - Members of MTA". Archived from the original on 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  3. ^ "Scientific Sections". Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  4. ^ "MTA - Címlap - Angol - Cikkek - Angol". Archived from the original on 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  5. ^ Lemond a Széchenyi Irodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia két vezetője, MTI

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