Neumann was a Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, and computer scientist. His groundbreaking work in computer science, the so-called ‘Neumann Principles’ laid down the foundation for building the EDVAC (Electronic Discrete Variable Automatic Calculator), the ancestor of all modern computers
Romanced by today’s creative, fun-loving Budapest, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always so. For a dozen days in late October and early November 1956, Hungarians fought to liberate themselves from the yoke of communist oppression. Everyday people from all walks of life suddenly became freedom fighters. Spurred on by indefatigable traditions of independence and self-determination, the people revolted and nearly won.
Hungary will mark the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution this autumn. Events are already underway across the country to honor those who courageously rose up against communist tyranny during those fateful days that began October 23, 1956.