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Domokos Kosáry

Domokos Kosáry ([ˈdomokoʃ ˈkoʃaːri], July 31, 1913 – November 15, 2007) was a Hungarian historian and writer who served as president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences from 1990 until 1996.[1]

Kosáry was born in Selmecbánya (Banská Štiavnica) and opposed the German occupation and collaboration with Hungary during World War II.[1] He lost influence in Hungary after the war due to the Communist takeover of the country for being too "bourgeois."[1] He was imprisoned for his opposition to Communism following the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956.[1]

Kosáry was unanimously elected president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) in 1990 and was re-elected to a second three-year term in 1993.[1] He led the effort to introduce newer, more democratic bye laws at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.[1] The new laws governing the HAS were enacted by the Parliament of Hungary in 1994.[1]

Kosáry died in Budapest, Hungary, on November 15, 2007, at the age of 95.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Former HAS President Dies at 95". Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 2007-11-15. Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-28.

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