Kosáry was born in Selmecbánya (Banská Štiavnica) and opposed the German occupation and collaboration with Hungary during World War II. He lost influence in Hungary after the war due to the Communist takeover of the country for being too "bourgeois." He was imprisoned for his opposition to Communism following the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
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. He led the effort to introduce newer, more democratic bye laws at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The new laws governing the HAS were enacted by the Parliament of Hungary in 1994.
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