Babeș-Bolyai University awards László Lovász honorary doctorate


Academician Dr László Lovász, university professor, professor emeritus at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest and member of the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (Rényi Institute) has been awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the Babeș-Bolyai University.

At the Doctor Honoris Causa award ceremony held on November 10, 2022 in the Aula Magna of the main building of the Babeș-Bolyai University, university professor Sándor Kristály paid tribute to the scientific work of Professor Lovász.

At the event Adrian Petruşel, the university's Vice-Rector for Research, Development and Innovation congratulated the multiple award-winning mathematician for becoming a member of the academic community of the Babeș-Bolyai University. Following the award ceremony, as part of the Hungarian Science Festival László Lovász gave an exciting popular science lecture entitled “From Zenon's Paradoxes to Quantum Physics”.

In his presentation Professor Lovász said, "The question of whether our world is discrete or constant was extremely important, but it remained unanswered. From a mathematical point of view discrete models behave very differently from constant models. From the 18th century onwards the theory of continuity and analysis brought enormous success in the foundation of physics and other sciences. Discrete mathematics developed later, mainly due to the requirements of IT. But these two worlds are not as far apart as we think. In calculations constant structures are approximated finitely. Perhaps more surprisingly we can approximate very large finite structures with continuums, often resulting in more manageable models. There is cross-fertilization between the two approaches."

The list of researchers previously awarded Doctor Honoris Causa and Professor Honoris Causa titles proposed by the Mathematics and Informatics Section of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of the university can be found at this link.

We congratulate Professor László Lovász for receiving this title.