Hungary honours Nobel laureate, Rubik's cube inventor

Budapest, Aug 20 (IANS): Hungarian President Janos Ader presented Nobel laureate author Imre Kertesz and inventor Erno Rubik with the Order of Saint Stephen, Hungary's highest award, Wednesday.

The award marks the country's most important national holiday, Saint Stephen's Day. Saint Stephen or Stephen I was the founder king of Hungary and reigned from 1000 to 1038 A.D.

Kertesz won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2002 "for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history", the Nobel Committee wrote. Kertesz, a Jew, was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp at age 14. His writing reflects that experience.

Ader said Kertesz deserved this award for his complete oeuvre, which fully describes what dictatorships do to the human soul, Xinhua reported. He particularly thanked Kertesz for his daring and honesty as a writer.

Rubik is an inventor, architect and professor of architecture, best known internationally for inventing mechanical puzzles including Rubik's Cube, which was originally designed as a teaching aid. His recent work has been focused on promoting science in education.

Presenting the award, Ader called the cube an ingenious invention, so quirky and enchanting that a Hungarian mindset was needed to come up with it.

The Order of Saint Stephen is granted in recognition of exceptionally outstanding contributions in supporting Hungary, extraordinary oeuvres and significant international achievement.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover were also present at the awards ceremony.


Top Stories

Leave a Comment

Title: Hungary honours Nobel laureate, Rubik's cube inventor

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.