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ditrói Puskás Tivadar – So Much More Than an Inventor


By the time ditrói Puskás Tivadar was born into a family of Transylvanian nobles in 1844, his family’s former wealth had melted away.  He began his engineering studies in Budapest, then continued in Vienna, but could not finish because of his family’s straitened circumstances.  When his father died, he spent his meager inheritance on a trip to England (1866) to continue his education.  He learned English and, to support himself, became a tutor in the household of a British lord. One source indicates that he also worked for a British railway construction company, whose representative and later chief engineer he supposedly became.  However, I could find no confirmation of this.

At the time of the Vienna World Exhibition in 1873, Puskás set up a travel agency, said to have been the first in Central Europe. It was a great success.

In 1875, he traveled to the United States, and bought land in Colorado, where he began to prospect for gold, but there is no information about his having struck it rich. 

He eventually returned to Hungary, and in 1890 received a patent for a procedure to carry out controlled explosions – a forerunner of modern techniques – which he tried out when he was involved in the regulation of the Lower Danube (see the September 2016 issue of Magyar News Online). 

Although Puskás had ample income, he was incapable of handling it; he was constantly in financial difficulties.  There has been speculation that this may have led to panic disorder, bringing about the heart attack which killed him on March 16th, 1893,  a mere month after his telefon hírmondó (telephone newscast) went into service.  His death was broadcast by his newfangled invention, the forerunner of the radio.




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