László Kalmár and the First University-Level Programming and Computer Science Training in Hungary

  • Máté SzabóEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 549)


The aim of this case study is to provide a detailed description of the first university-level programming and computer science training in Hungary, which started in 1957 at the University of Szeged. The program began due to the strenuous efforts of Professor László Kalmár, who is considered to be “the father of computer science in Hungary”. The aim of this study is to add to the literature on Kalmár’s work, focusing on his activities in the field of computer science education, and at the same time, to add a detailed study from the Eastern Bloc to the history of computer science education.


Eastern Bloc History of computer science education History of computing Hungary Kalmár, László 



I would like to thank Zoltán Czirkos, Kendra Chilson, Edit Sántáné-Tóth and Lajos Somogyvári for their help in writing this paper. I am also indebted to the anonymous reviewers and Chris Leslie for their recommendations and the work they invested in the improvement of this paper.


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  1. 1.Archives Henri-Poincaré, UMR 7117, Université de LorraineNancyFrance
  2. 2.IHPST, UMR 8590, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneParisFrance

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