Hungarian Academy of Sciences


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


The history of the academy began in 1825 when Count
István Széchenyi
István Széchenyi
offered one year's income of his estate for the purposes of a ''Learned Society'' at a district session of the
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(Pozsony, present Bratislava, seat of the
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at the time), and his example was followed by other delegates. Its task was specified as the development of the
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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
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style. The architect was
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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-
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academic degree, the D.Sc degree in Hungary. Today it has eleven main sections: * 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

* MTA Centre for Agricultural Research * MTA Chemical Research Center * MTA Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (involved with
Konkoly Observatory Konkoly Observatory ( hu, Konkoly Thege Miklós Csillagászati Intézet; List of observatory codes, obs. code: IAU code#053, 053) is an astronomy, astronomical observatory located in Budapest, Hungary is part of the Research Centre for Astr ...
) * MTA Szeged Research Centre for Biology * MTA Institute for Computer Science and Control * MTA Centre for Ecological Research * MTA Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies * MTA Centre for Energy Research * MTA Research Centre for the Humanities * MTA Research Institute for Linguistics * MTA Rényi Institute of Mathematics * MTA Institute of Experimental Medicine * MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences * MTA Institute of Nuclear Research * MTA Wigner Research Centre for Physics * MTA Centre for Social Sciences

Presidents of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts

The Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts ( hu, Széchenyi Irodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia) was created in 1992 as an academy associated yet independent from the HAS. Some of the known members are
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, Magda Szabó, Péter Nádas writers, Zoltán Kocsis pianist,
Miklós Jancsó Miklós Jancsó (; 27 September 192131 January 2014) was a Hungarian people, Hungarian film director and screenwriter. Jancsó achieved international prominence starting in the mid-1960s with works including ''Szegénylegények, The Round-Up'' ...
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film directors. The last president was
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, film director, who succeeded László Dobszay (resigned on April 20, 2011Lemond a Széchenyi Irodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia két vezetője

See also

Open access in Hungary Open access to scholarly communication in Hungary has developed in recent years through open access repositories, digital repositories and academic publishers, among other means. In 2008 several academic libraries founded the Hungarian Open Access ...


External links

Brief history of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (in English)

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (in English)
also available i

Picture of its central building
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of the Széchenyi Academy
The palace of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
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