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András Prékopa

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András Prékopa September 11, 1929 – September 18, 2016 was a Hungarian mathematician, a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


  • 1 Education
  • 2 Academic career
  • 3 Research and achievements
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 Selected publications
    • 61 Books, book parts – editorial activity
    • 62 Papers
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References


He received his university diploma as teacher of mathematics and physics from the University of Debrecen in 1952

Academic career

In 1952 he became a PhD student aspirant at the Institute for Applied Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences HAS and defended his thesis, entitled “On Stochastic Set Functions”, in 1956 His advisor was Alfréd Rényi Between 1956-68 he was first assistant, later associate professor at the Department of Probability Theory of the L Eötvös University In 1968 he became full professor at the Department of Mathematics of the Technical University of Budapest, where he remained until 1983 In that year he returned to the Eötvös University, and became the founder, professor and first chairman of the Department of Operations Research OR He retired from there in 2000 Since 1985 he has been distinguished professor of OR, statistics and mathematics at Rutgers University Currently he is the graduate director of the PhD program in OR Prékopa’s part-time appointments were also very important in his scientific career in Hungary In 1958 he founded the first research department in OR at the Math Inst of the HAS and in 1977 the Department of Applied Math at the Computing and Automation Inst of the HAS

Research and achievements

Prékopa is the father of the Hungarian Operations Research in many ways: he developed the research school and education curricula, organized international and local conferences, formed an academic committee, founded a scientific periodical, etc He published more than a dozen books and about 350 papers alone and with co-authors and supervised 51 PhD students, many of whom are internationally known academics and industrial leaders

In 1979 Prékopa was elected a corresponding member and in 1985 full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences He was also elected a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering of Mexico, fellow of the Econometric Society, member of the International Statistical Institute and honorary president of the János Bolyai Mathematical Society and the Hungarian OR Society, among others


  • G Grünwald award from the J Bolyai Society, 1956, given to young mathematicians for outstanding scientific achievements
  • Award from the Federation of Scientific and Engineering Societies of Hungary, 1983, for outstanding activities in organization
  • O Benedikt award from the Computer and Automation Institute of the HAS, 1979, for outstanding research and leadership in Operations Research and Applied Mathematics
  • Award from the Computer and Automation Inst of the HAS, 1985, for outstanding scientific research
  • Award from the Polish Academy of Sciences for outstanding scientific achievements and organization, 1982
  • T Szele medal from the János Bolyai Mathematical Society, 1994, for mentoring young scientists
  • Széchenyi Prize 1996, for outstanding scientific achievements
  • Prize for Excellence from the Publ House of the HAS1998, for the book 'Stochastic Programming, Kluwer, 1995'
  • Grand Prize of the Arany János Foundation Hungary for the creation of a scientific school, 2002
  • EURO Gold Medal, from the Association of European Operational Research Societies, 2003
  • Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, 2005

Personal life

He was married to Kinga Széchenyi, educator, sculptor and writer; they had two children and two grandchildren He was a member of the Batthyány Society of Professors

Selected publications

Books, book parts – editorial activity

  • A Prékopa: Probability Theory, Műszaki Kiadó, Budapest, 440 pages First edition 1962, second 1972, third 1974, fourth 1980 in Hungarian
  • J Bognár, J Mogyoródi, A Prékopa, A Rényi and D Szász: Probability Theory Problem Collection Textbook Publ House, Budapest 1971, 330 pages Second ed 2001, Typotex, Budapest in Hungarian
  • Prékopa, A, Linear Programming J Bolyai Mathematical Society, Budapest, 1968, 400 pages in Hungarian
  • Prékopa, A editor, Colloquium on the Applications of Mathematics to Economics Proceedings of the International Conference on the Applications of Mathematics to Economics, Budapest, Hungary, 1963 Publ House of the HAS Budapest, 1965
  • Prékopa, A editor, Inventory Control and Water Storage Proceedings of the International Conference on Inventory Control and Water Storage, Györ, Hungary, 1971 Colloquia Mathematica Societatis János Bolyai 7, North Holland Publishing Company, 1973
  • Prékopa, A editor, Progress in Operations Research I, II Proceedings of the International Conference on Operations Research, Eger, Hungary, 1974 Colloquia Mathematica Societatis János Bolyai 12, North Holland Publishing Company, 1976
  • Prékopa, A editor, Survey of Mathematical Programming I, II, III Proceedings of the IX International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, Budapest, Hungary, 1976 North Holland Publishing Company, 1979
  • Prékopa, A editor, Studies on Mathematical Programming Proceedings of the IV Conference on Mathematical Programming, Mátrafüred, Hungary, 1975 Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, Vol 1, Publ House of the HAS, Budapest, 1980
  • Prékopa, A and J-B Wets editors, Stochastic Programming I II Mathematical Programming Study 27, 28, 1986


  • A Prékopa: On a Problem in Probability Theory In: Proceedings of the First Hungarian Mathematical Congress, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1950 in Hungarian and in French
  • A Prékopa: On Composed Poisson Distributions IV Acta Math Acad Sci Hung, 31952, 317–325
  • A Prékopa: Mathematical Treatment of the Degradation Process of Long Chain Molecules, Publications of the Mathematical Institute of the HAS, 21953, 103–123 in Hungarian
  • A Prékopa: On the convergence of series of independent random variables, Publicationes Mathematicae, 41956, 410–417
  • A Prékopa: Extension of multiplicative set functions with values in a Banach algebra, Acta Math Acad Sci Hung, 71956, 201–213
  • Prékopa, A, A Rényi and K Urbanik, On the Limiting Distribution of Sums of Independent Random Variables with Values in Compact Topological Groups Acta Math Acad Sci Hung 7 1956, 11–16 in Russian
  • Prékopa, A and A Rényi, On the Independence in the Limit of Sums Depending on the Same Sequence of Independent Random Variables Acta Math Acad Sci Hung 7 1956, 319–326
  • Prékopa, A, On Stochastic Set Functions I Acta Math Acad Sci Hung 7 1956, 215–263
  • Prékopa, A, On Stochastic Set Functions II Acta Math Acad Sci Hung 8 1957, 337–374
  • Prékopa, A, On Stochastic Set Functions III Acta Math Acad Sci Hung 8 1957, 375–400
  • A Prékopa: On the Compound Poisson Distribution, Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum, 181957, 23–28
  • Prékopa, A, On Additive and Multiplicative Totals Acta Math Acad Sci Hung 8 1957, 107–126

See also

  • Prékopa–Leindler inequality


  1. ^ András Prékopa at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "Professzorok Batthyány Köre - Tagjaink" in Hungarian blahu 2 February 2012 Retrieved 1 April 2012 
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