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The history of the Society

 

The legal predecessor of the Hungarian Chemical Society (MKE) was founded under the name Hungarian Society of Chemists in June 1907 at 3 Akademia Street Budapest. The first chairman was Rudolf Fabinyi, academican and professor of chemistry at the University of Kolozsvár.

The Society’s first ordinary general assembly was held, a year after its foundation, on 20 March 1909. The following year, on 15 March 1901 the ’Journal of the Hungarian Chemists’ was launched as the official bulletin of the Society.

In 1910 the number of the 45 founding members increased up to 146. In 1913 it reached 220 members, which meant one third of the people working as chemists in the country.

In spite of the events of World War I and II the society always renewed itself. In the 1950s it had 8 sections, the number of which multiplied by 2000s. While the Hungarian chemical industry grew by leaps and bounds the number of membership was increasing dynamically as well. Besides the sections of the so called regional county organizations acquired a significant role.

At present the society edits four publications. The official journal, published monthly, is the ’Journal of Hungarian Chemists’. The Hungarian Chemical Journal (MKF) and the Newspaper of Membrane Technology are published quarterly while the Secondary School Chemical Journal (Középiskolai Kémiai Lapok) (KÖKÉL) comes out 5 times a year.

In detail: LÁSZLÓ MÓRA – GYÖRGY LIPTAY: The Hungarian Chemical Society - A Historical Survey - Antecedents (Published in the Journal World of Nature, Special Chemical Issue, Volume 136, 2005 I.)

 

The presidents of the MKE from the foundation till today:
 
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Rudolf Fabinyi
(1907-1920)
Adolf Kohner
(1920-1926)
Ignác Pfeifer
(1926-1941)
Tibor Széki
(1941-? )
Gyula Gróh
(1941-1945)
         
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Zoltán Csűrös
(1945-1949)
Tibor Erdey-Grúz
(1949-1952)
Rezső Bognár
(1952-1953)
Gergely Szabó
(1953-1957)
Géza Schay
(1957-1972)
         
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Barna Mezei
(1972-1981)
János Inczédy
(1981-1990)
Gábor Náray-Szabó
(1990-1996)
Alajos Kálmán
(1996-2007)
Péter Mátyus
(2007-2011)
Sarkadi
       
Livia Simon-Sarkadi
(2011-)
       

 

 

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