John Zaborszky

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John Zaborszky
Born (1914-05-13)May 13, 1914
Died February 11, 2008(2008-02-11) (aged 93)
St. Louis, Missouri
Residence United States
Citizenship American
Fields Control theory
Institutions Washington University in St. Louis (1956–2008) Missouri University of Science and Technology
Alma mater Royal Hungarian Technological University
Notable students Michael Wendl
Notable awards Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (1986)

John Zaborszky (May 13, 1914 – February 11, 2008) was a noted Hungarian applied mathematician and a professor in the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics, Washington University. He received the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award in 1986.[1]


Zaborszky earned a master's degree and PhD in 1937 and 1943, respectively, "under auspices of the Regent of Hungary" from the Technical University of Budapest.[2] He continued as a docent at that institution and was chief engineer of the city's municipal power system before emigrating to America in 1947.[3] He joined UMR as an assistant professor upon his arrival and in 1954 moved to St. Louis to join Washington University.[3] In 1974, he founded and was first chairman of the Systems Science Department.[3] He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1984.


  1. ^ "Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award". American Automatic Control Council. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gregory, J. (1980) Who's Who in Engineering, 4th ed., American Association of Engineering Societies.
  3. ^ a b c Mukai, H. and Tarn, T.J. (2008) John Zaborszky (1914–2008), IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 28(3), 106-107.

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