2018. June 22., Friday

Prof. Dr. Gábor Szabó

RektorGábor Szabó was born in 1954. He graduated as a physicist in Szeged at Attila József University. In 2010, he was elected a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. As a researcher at the Department of Optical and Quantum Electronics, Faculty of Science and Informatics of the University of Szeged, he is primary interested in lasers. Among other things, he specializes in photoacoustic spectroscopy, generation of femtosecond pulses, nonlinear optics, and medical applications of lasers. He is the number one advocate and supporter of the installation in Szeged of a super laser ELI-ALPS: Extreme Light Infrastructure - Attosecond Light Pulse Source. He has 1460 citations, a cumulated IF of 251.688, while his name is associated with eleven Hungarian, five US and three German patents. As a researcher and a popular lecturer at the University of Szeged, he has tried himself in newer and newer fields every 8 to 10 years; for example, he has been a visiting professor at German and US universities. He has a long list of public and professional appointments to his name, and his professional efforts are best represented by the fact that he occupied the position of Deputy State Secretary for Research and Development between 2000 and 2002, he has been Chairman of the Hungarian Innovation Association since 2007, and has participated in various research and industrial projects at the University of Szeged. He has occupied various positions at the University of Szeged, for example, he was Director of Institute, and has worked as the Head of Physical Doctoral Faculty since 2007. He was elected Rector of the University of Szeged twice: first in 2010 and then in 2014. His most outstanding awards include the Academy Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2000), the Officer’s Cross of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, and the Pro Urbe Award Szeged (2009). As a Rector, Gábor Szabó considers his most important task to make the University of Szeged significantly improve its position among the research universities of the world as one of the flagships of national higher education

Year of birth: 1954

University degree: Physicist (József Attila University, Szeged)

Scientific degree: Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Place of work: Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged

Current position: university professor, rector

Scientific interests, major fields of research:

  • Photoacoustic spectroscopy and its applications
  • Advanced microscopy (superresolution techniques)
  • Nonlinear and ultrafast optics
  • Medical applications of lasers

Places of work, positions:

  • University of Szeged, Rector, 2010-
  • University of Szeged, Head of Physics PhD School, 2007-
  • University of Szeged, Institute of Engineering and Material Sciences, director, 2004-2010
  • Deputy state secretary for research and development, Ministry of Education, 2000-2002.
  • Head, Institute of Physics, University of Szeged, 1996-2000, 2007-2012
  • University professor, József Attila University (now University of Szeged), Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics 1994-
  • Assistant professor, József Attila University, Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics 1984-94
  • Assistant, József Attila University, Department of Experimental Physics 1981-84
  • Trainee /scholarship holder/ József Attila University, Department of Experimental Physics 1978-81

Committee membership:

  • Vice-president of the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference, 2013-
  • Chairman of the Hungarian Innovation Association, 2007-
  • Vice-chairman of the Hungarian Innovation Association, 2003-2006
  • Member of the Public Educational Presidental Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2009-2010
  • Member of the Plenary of Hungarian Accreditation Committee, Chairman of the Committee of Physics 1998-2000, 2007-2009
  • General Secretary of the Eötvös Loránd Physical Society, 2003-2006
  • Chairman of the Laser Physics and Spectroscopy Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1999-2006
  • Member of the Physical Doctoral Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2004-2007
  • Chairman of the Strategic Committee of the Szeged Higher Education Integration Project, 1998-1999
  • Chairman of the PhD Council of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Szeged, 1993-2000


  • Honorary Citizen of Szeged (2018)
  • Ágoston Trefort Award (2017)
  • Pro Facultate Award of the Faculty of Science and Informatics, University of Szeged (2011)
  • Szőkefalvi-Nagy Béla Award, Szeged Foundation (2010)
  • Pro Urbe Award Szeged (2009)
  • Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2009)
  • Dennis Gabor Award (2004)
  • Academy Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2000)
  • Széchenyi Fellowship (1998)
  • Physics Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1991)
  • Schmid-Prize of the Roland Eötvös Physical Society (1989)
  • Prize for Young Scientists of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1986)
  • Prize for Scientific Research of the Hungarian Student Association (1976)

Foreign study tours:

  • University of Jena, 1997-98, 6 months, guest professor
  • University of Osaka, 1995-96, 2 months, guest professor
  • Rice University, Houston 1990-95, a total of 2 years, guest professor
  • Max-Planck-Institute für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen, 1981-89, a total of 4.5 years, guest researcher


Scientific publications:

  • Total: 294, in peer reviewed international journals 145
  • citations (not including self-citations): 1890
  • patents: 11 Hungarian, 5 US, 3 German


Participation in research projects since 2005: in 17 projects as project director, in 17 research projects as contributor.

Participation in industrial projects:

  • 6 industrial R+D projects with MOL NyRT
  • 3 industrial project with General Electric
  • 1 industrial project with Knorr-Bremse, Automotive Pre-competitive Development Laboratory (JEL)

SZTE Experience

GloriaGloria Kafui Esi Zodanu - Faculty of Science and Informatics

I’m a Ph.D. student from Ghana and enrolled in a scholarship program. I heard about the university for the first time from a friend as a peaceful and friendly place to be. Indeed, the city of Szeged is a quiet, and peaceful place to live. My supervisor and HOD’S approach to teaching gives me a better insight and understanding of the program. The city is very friendly, and I go shopping and walking in my free time. The Dom square is a magnificent landmark, and the surrounding buildings are excellent reference points of a branded city of natural beauty. The most attractive place for me in Szeged is the zoo. Hungary is a beautiful country with the rivers such as the Danube, Tisza and the surrounding bridges. My expectations of the university and study environment keep improving by the day, and I’m delighted. I will recommend the university to because of the quality educational system for career development.

mendezMatheus Vasconcelos Goes Mendes – Faculty of Medicine - General Medicine

I’m from Brazil, but I feel very comfortable in Szeged. Attending the courses, I acquired thorough knowledge, which was helped by the well-equipped labs, and the modern library of the University. Despite the hustle and bustle, the town is still safe, the quality of life is considerably high, and we receive every assistance to fit in, such as excellent program administration or help searching for accommodations.