Prof. Joseph (Jozsef) Nagyvary


Quick Facts

Born: 04/18/1934, Szeged
Current residence: Jonestown, Texas
Spouse: Mrs. Mary Ann Nagyvary (Watson)
Number of children: 4

In Hungary
Education: ;1952-56, chemistry student at Eötvös Lorand University, TTK, Budapest
Occupation: Student
Active role in the revolution: YES

The 56-er’s role in the revolution:
Joined the Petöfi group of freedom-fighters on an occasion disabling a Soviet troop carrier; helped making Molotov cocktails; moved the wounded and dead to places; organized food acquisition for dormitory Escaped through 2nd floor window when 2 AVO men came for him on Nov. 20.

In United States of America
Arrival: 1964, New York City
Occupation: Profesor of biochemistry
Workplace: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Awards: 1967- Career Development Award by USPH
1972- Promotion to full professor
1965-1985- Research grants by NSF, NIH, and NASA for research on DNA analogs, cancer drugs, and the origin of life
60 refereed publications in scientific journals, 253 lectures on the Amer. Chem. Soc. Circuit
2005-Gold medal of Japanese Physics Society for discoveries on Stradivari violins

Born in Szeged; 1937-1952, grades K to 12 in Kaposvár; studied chemistry 1952-until Nov. 1956 in Budapest at Eötvös Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, TTK faculty. Escaped to Austria on Nov. 23, 1956; graduate student of Nobel Laureate Paul Karrer at Zurich University; received annual price of the Swiss Science Foundation on the structure of the curare poison received a prize of the Swiss National Foundation on the structure of yhe curare poison. 1963, postdoctoral studies at Cambridge Univ.  Immigrated to the USA on Jan. 14, 1964; had positions at Univ. Connecticut, and Creighton University; spentmost of career at Texas A&M for PhD dissertation University with Lord Todd; immigrated to the USA on Jan. 14, 1964; positions at Univ. Conn,. and Creighton University, 1964-67. Spent rest of career, 1968-2003, at Texas A&M University. 196 of biochemistry. Still active as Professor Emeritus, working on the acoustics of Stradivarius violins.
2005-plenary speaker at the Einstein Centennial in Tokyo, gold medal of the Japanese Physics Society.
Memoir of Hungary, with yet tentative title: “Revelations With Violin Continuo”, and subtitle: “The making of a Hungarian Refugee” is planned to be published as an e-book by Amazon in October 2016.


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