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History paper by Fodor, Andrew (András) (all papers)
László Tisza Belonged to the Giants of Physics: Traveler, Researcher, Observer, and Major Contributor to 20th Century Science
Most people, when asked to name a few giants of physics of the 20th century, they might name Edward Teller, Robert Oppenheimer, Werner Heisenberg, etc. If they are of Hungarian origin, they might add Eugene Wigner, John von Neuman, Leo Szilard, Theodore von Karman and Albert Szentgyorgyi (who actually was not a physicist). Laszlo Tisza career spanned almost all through the 20th century. He is not only witnessed the developments of physics at close hand and worked with many of the major figures, but he also made significant contributions on his own. As a young man, he grew up in Hungary, when at that time the country was the seat of science, culture and arts, the center of intellectual life. The 20th century was the golden age of physics, covering from the cosmos and the universe, down to the nano world of science and down to the subatomic particles. His travels and his career took him from Hungary to Germany, then back to Hungary, the Soviet Union , again back to Hungary, then to France and finally to the United States. His life reflected the cultural and intellectual life in Europe between the two world wars, the turmoils and the arising conflicts in that continent, which finally resulted in the 2nd World War. His major contributions to physics involved among them, the statistical analysis of thermodynamics, solving the mystery of super fluids and he also did work in the exciting area of quantum physics.
Brief Professional Bio:
Andrew (András) Fodor, Independent Scholar, “Deep Sea” Consulting Engineer, left Hungary after his participation as a cadet, in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. He has attended the University of California, Berkley on a WUS scholarship and received his engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of New-York in 1969. He has also received a degree and a certificate in mathematics and telecommunications (computer technology) from Columbia University and from Birbeck College, University of London. During his professional career, he was stationed in London, England as his base, for over 10 years, working in various positions from Principal Engineer to Chief Consultant. He has researched and designed, undersea-deep water structures, offshore oil and gas platforms and sea bed mining all over the world, concentrating on “sub-sea completion systems”, deep-sea seabed arrangements, structures and technologies. After his retirement, he continued to work as a consulting engineer, also he has returned to his basic interest, doing research on the history of science. In the last twenty five years, he has given engineering and history of science lectures at various engineering meetings, AHEA Conferences, a Bolyai Conference and others. His main interests are, the history of the 20th century physics, the history of technology and the new sciences, when art and science converge into one. Also, he is avid photographer and was given honorary mention at several photography exhibitions, during his stay in England. At the present, fulfilling his family’s literary traditions, he is working on a literary book, covering the 1956 revolution and the various seas and oceans around the world, where he has been working during his professional career. Andrew Fodor is a member of ASME, API, and NCIS (National Coalition of Independent Scholars).