László Lovász

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László Lovász

László Lovász is a Hungarian mathematician, an expert on combinatorics and graph theory, who is currently the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has received several prestigious awards for his work and research, including the Wolf Prize for Mathematics. In addition, he is the editor-in-chief of Combinatorica and editor of several journals.

Mathematician László Lovász was an outstanding talent in mathematics from a young age. His great inspiration was Paul Erdős, whose work inspired him at the age of fourteen and influenced his future direction. Throughout his career, he has won numerous major awards, including the Pólya Prize (1979), the Fulkerson Prize (1982 and 2012), the Wolf Prize (1999), the Knuth Prize (1999), the Gödel Prize (2001), the Kyoto Prize (2010) and many others.

The research of László Lovász focuses mainly on areas which span mathematics and theoretical computer science, such as combinatorial optimization, algorithms or graph theory. In recent years, his main research area was the development of a limit theory of graphs. He wrote 5 research monographs and 4 textbooks, and over 300 research papers.

Lovász has held several significant positions over the years. He was Chair of Geometry at the University of Szeged (1975-1982), and later also Chair of Computer Science at the Eötvös Loránd University (1983-1993 and 2006-2014). From 1993 to 1999, he worked as Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the prestigious Yale University, after which he moved from a purely academic environment to Microsoft Research as a senior researcher (1999-2006). He is currently President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.