The Legacy of George Olah

  • Miklós Simonyi Institue of Organic Chemistry, Research Center for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary


The life of George Olah exemplifies the fate of Hungarian scientific excellence in the 20th century. He was talented and a hard worker, but he could not remain in his country and had to seek a new life in the West. His life-long scientific interests developed in the Budapest Technical University helped him to overcome obstacles and he became a leading chemist of worldwide fame. His qualities and flexibility in both scientific research and practical applications serve as a brilliant example for generations to come.

Keywords: early achievements, accommodating to foreign norms, scientific breakthrough, the super-acids, in the service of mankind
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How to Cite
Simonyi, M. (2017) “The Legacy of George Olah”, Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 61(4), pp. 301-307. doi: