István Hargittai#

István Hargittai
István Hargittai
(Photo: Gyorgy Wessely, Budapest)
Membership Number:1601
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:HUNGARY

Present and Previous Positions
  • Professor Emeritus, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 1991 University Professor, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 2000 - present Head of the George A. Olah Ph.D. School, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 2007 - present Head of Materials Structure and Modeling Research Group of HAS at Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 2008 - present Chair, Award Committee, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 1993 - 2006 Research Professor of HAS at Eötvös University
  • 1986 - 2006 Head of Structural Chemistry Research Group, HAS, at Eötvös University
  • 1979 - 1986 Head of Department of Structural Studies, Research Laboratory for Inorganic Chemistry, HAS
  • 1991 - 1996 Head of Institute of General and Analytical Chemistry, Budapest Technical University
  • 1965 - 1973 Research Scientist, Center for Studies on Chemical Structures, HAS

Fields of Scholarship
  • Structural chemistry
  • Sulfur and silicon stereochemistry
  • Coordination compounds
  • Metal halides
  • Unstable species
  • High-temperature chemistry
  • Gas-phase electron diffraction
  • Combined use of experimental techniques and theoretical chemistry
  • Gas/solid structure differences
  • Intramolecular and intermolecular interactions
  • Models of molecular geometry
  • History and culture of chemistry

Honours and Awards
  • 1977 Academy prize for authors, Budapest
  • 1988 Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • 1992 Dr. honoris causa, Moscow University
  • 1993 Presentation and Introduction to the Academy of Sciences, Institut France, Paris
  • 1993 Full Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1994 Member, Academia Europaea (London)
  • 1994 Kaskan Lectureship, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • 1996 First George A. Olah Lectureship, USC, Los Angeles
  • 1996 Szechenyi State Prize of Hungary (shared w/M. Hargittai)
  • 2000 D.Sc. honoris causa, University of North Carolina
  • 2001 Kentucky Colonel of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • 2003 Erdey László Prize, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • 2004 Dr. honoris causa, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 2005 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow
  • 2006 Medals of the U.S. Department of Defense Director of Defense Research and Engineering

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