In Memoriam Professor József Hámori June 4, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that we impart the news of József Hámori's passing. The eminent professor of neuroscience, who was instrumental in establishing the community of the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics from the very start, died at the age of 89 on 1 May 2021.
Through connecting several different scientific disciplines, he played a key role in founding the Faculty's Bionics program. For many years, his engaging lectures were frequented by hundreds of students who were captivated by his wit and extensive intellect. Aside from teaching at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, he was a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA). His great scientific achievements were recognised accordingly: he received the Academic (MTA) Award (1972), and the Széchenyi Award (1994), among numerous other honors. Having been appointed as the first Minister of National Cultural Heritage in 1998, he served culture and his home nation as well.
His long-lasting and close friendship with Tamás Roska was conducive in the history of the Faculty, as it was through their unique insight and collaboration that neuroscience and cellular wave computing were combined into quantitative neuroscience. Their book, „Agy – Hit – Számítógép" („Brain – Faith – Computer") /Éghajlat Könyvkiadó Kft., 2004/ offers an unparalleled acumen into brain research, their respective fields of study and the humour of the early years of joint work, in a way that is generously accessible to laymen.
After the passing of Tamás Roska, we have now been deprived of another irreplaceable and leading character of the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics. Professor József Hámori was laid to rest in Budapest, on the 31st of May 2021.
May God rest his soul in peace.