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Biographical entry Kovács, László György (Laci) (1936 - 2013)

18 August 1936
Budapest, Hungary
28 July 2013
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Laci Kovác was a mathematician who in 1963 joined the fledgling Department of Mathematics at the Australian National University being set up by his former PhD advisor Bernard Neumann. Kovác's research centred on ring theory, abelian and other groups and free Lie algebras. His pub output of over 100 papers included a number of influential articles on group theory. He readily interacted with students and served on the editorial boards of a number of journals.



Education - qualified as secondary school teacher in mathematics and physics, University of Debrecen, Hungary
1958 - 1960
Award - Research studentship, University College of North Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Education - MSc, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
1960 - 1963
Career position - Assistant Lecturer (later Lecturer), Victoria University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Education - PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1963 - 2001
Career position - Fellow (later Senior Fellow), Department of Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University
1969 - 1979
Career position - Associate Editor, Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society
1985 - 1990
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Communications in Algebra
Award - B. H. Neumann Award, Australian Mathematics Trust
1997 - 2001
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Journal of group Theory
1998 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Periodica Mathematica Hungarica
2001 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Publicationes Mathematicae
Life event - Retired
2001 - 2013
Career position - Retired Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
Award - Honorary Doctorate, University of Debrecen, Hungary

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  • Newman, M. F. (Mike), 'László (Laci) György Kovács 1936 - 2013', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 41, no. 1, 2014, pp. 33-8. Details

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