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The central building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (in short: HAS, in 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.

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 neo-Renaissance style.

Today it has eleven main sections:

  • I. Linguistics and Literary Studies Section
  • II. Philosophy and Historical Studies Section,
  • III. Mathematical Sciences Section,
    • (a part of which is the Rényi Mathematical Institute),
  • IV. Agricultural Sciences Section,
  • V. Medical Sciences Section,
  • VI. Technical Sciences Section,
  • VII. Chemical Sciences Section,
  • VIII. Biological Sciences Section,
  • IX. Economics and Law Section,
  • X. Earth Sciences Section,
  • XI. Physical Sciences Section.

Presidents of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

József Teleki November 17, 1830 - February 15, 1855
Emil Dessewffy 1855. April 17, 1855 – January 10, 1866
József Eötvös March 18, 1866 – February 2, 1871
Menyhért Lónyay May 17, 1871 – November 3, 1884
Ágoston Trefort May 28, 1855 – August 22, 1888
Loránd Eötvös May 3, 1889 – October 5, 1905
Albert Berzeviczy November 27, 1905 – March 22, 1936
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 6, 1977
János Szentágothai May 6, 1977 – May 10, 1985
Iván 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

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Coordinates: 47°30′3.88″N 19°2′47.4″E / 47.5010778°N 19.0465°E / 47.5010778; 19.0465

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