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Michael PolanyiScientist and Philosopher$
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William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019517433X.001.0001

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 Early Years: 1891–1914

 Early Years: 1891–1914

(p.3) 1 Early Years: 1891–1914
Michael Polanyi

William Taussig Scott

Martin X. Moleski (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Michael Polanyi was born in Budapest on March 11, 1891 to Mihály Pollacsek and Cecile Wohl, the fifth of their six children. This chapter describes Polanyi's family and cultural heritage, his education at the Minta Gymnasium ("Model School"), his studies in medicine at the University of Budapest, and his first publications on colloid chemistry. From his youth, Polanyi possessed the same breadth of interest from the physical sciences to the humanities that he exhibited later in life.

Keywords:   Mihály Pollacsek, Cecile Wohl, Minta Gymnasium, Budapest, medicine, colloid chemistry

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