Hungary is not just a special country because of its culture, history, and natural features, but because of all the amazing Hungarian inventors who created something that became well-known in the entire world.
Magyarországom collected some of the greatest Hungarian inventions we can all be proud of.
Chess-playing machine by Farkas Kempelen
He was a genius of his age since he made a typewriter for a blind girl, a steam engine, and a special bed for Empress Maria Theresa, and he was also a poet, a writer, and a goldsmith at the same time. His chess-playing machine defeated not only grandmasters of the time but also Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin.
Noiseless match by János Irinyi
János Irinyi invented the noiseless and non-explosive match in 1836, at the age of 19. This became his most well-known invention, although he greatly contributed to the spreading of modern chemistry in Hungary as well. He also had a significant political role in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.
Dynamo by Ányos Jedlik
Many inventions are connected to his name, for example, the creation of the electric motor, the discovery of the self-excitation, writing down the dynamo principle, the manufacturing of carbonated water, and the recognition of voltage multiplication.
Telephone exchange by Tivadar Puskás
The first experimental model was built in Boston in 1877, based on the plans of Puskás. Later, he also invented the multiplex telephone switchboard, which further contributed to the development of communication. He was the first man in history to invent the most modern telecommunication method.
Fire extinguisher by Kornél Szilvay
Szilvay was an engineer and fireman who, on 30 June 1928, presented the first-ever fire extinguisher of the world which you can also see today.
Helicopter by Oszkár Asbóth
Oszkár Asboth, a Hungarian aviation engineer and the inventor of the helicopter, was known for presenting the first helicopter structure which could take off the way today’s machines do. He lives in common knowledge as an important mechanic. At the same time, evidence shows that he was only a mountebank, with no original and usable ideas.
Vitamin C by Albert Szent-Györgyi
The Hungarian biochemist received a Nobel Prize for his sensational exploration of Vitamin C, which he isolated in 1930.
The term for stress by János Selye
The Canadian-Hungarian doctor wrote down stress in 1934 for the first time in the history of medicine and presented his stress theory.
Ballpoint pen by László Bíró
Bíró was originally a journalist of Argentinian descent, and it was the South American country where his invention was first used in history before becoming known in the entire world.
Rubik’s Cube by Ernő Rubik
Probably the most well-known Hungarian invention would be the Rubik’s Cube, one of the most popular logical games in the world.
Béres drops by György Béres
The Hungarian scientific researcher became well-known for inventing his medical drops, which is a medicine repairing the inner biology and immune system of people.