7 things invented by Hungarians

Hungary has a long history of inventors and innovation, creating many things we’ve come to love and rely on today. Here we explore 7 of the most well know.


1. The Rubik's Cube

Invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik in 1974, the Rubik's Cube is a three-dimensional puzzle game that has become a cultural icon.

2. The ballpoint pen

Invented by Hungarian-Argentinian inventor László Bíró in 1938, the ballpoint pen is a writing instrument that uses a small, rotating ball in a socket to transfer ink to paper.

3. The holographic display

Invented by Hungarian scientist Dennis Gábor in 1947, the holographic display is a technique for creating three-dimensional images by projecting laser light through a holographic medium.

4. The electric transformer

Invented by Hungarian-American engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla in 1885, the electric transformer is a device that converts alternating current (AC) electricity from one voltage to another.

5. The carburettor

Invented by Hungarian engineer Donát Bánki and Swiss engineer Carl Benz in the late 1800s, the carburettor is a device that mixes air and fuel for internal combustion engines.

6. The linear induction motor

Invented by Hungarian engineer Ányos Jedlik in the mid-1800s, the linear induction motor is a type of electric motor that operates on the principle of electromagnetic induction.

7. Automatic transmission

Invented by Hungarian engineer József Galamb in 1904, the automatic transmission is a type of transmission that automatically changes the gears of a vehicle based on the speed and torque of the engine.