In the spirit of jubilees, paprika wreath was placed by the statue of the 125 years ago born Szent-Györgyi Albert’s statue at the front of the Rector’s Office of the University.
The paprika garland was placed by Dr. Fendler Judit Chancellor and Dr. habil Zakar Péter, Vice-Rector for International and Public Relations of the University of Szeged. In the intimate ceremony the chancellor emphasized the similarities in developments of the university in the past 90 years and in the near future.
It is a tradition that the leaders of the University of Szeged lay a wreath at the statue in memory of the legendary Nobel laurate professor and rector of the institution ever since the statue of Szent-Györgyi Albert is standing at the Rector’s Office.
Those who are fond of vitamin C including many university professors, Chancellor of the University of Szeged, several deputy rectors and deans, members of the Senate of the University of Szeged, and head of several university units also gather to celebrate his birthday.
As Dr. Fendler Judit chancellor of the University of Szeged greeted those who gathered in the memory of Szent-Gyögyi Albert and in respect to what he has achieved, she also mentioned that the sculpture of the scientist with his pipe in his hand is a popular sight of Szeged, groups of people take pictures and selfies with it. Not only his sculpture as an art work is well-known, but his great achievements are noted in Szeged: Szent-Györgyi made the town of Tisza as the city of vitamin C and the capital of paprika.
Szent-Györgyi Albert’s life is so rich with achievements and his personality was so complex that almost every year and every month we could find some sort of anniversary as a tribute for him.
But in this September we could also think of the first time Szent-Györgyi Albert visited Szeged. In September of this year 90 years ago he visited Szeged for the first time: with Kuno Klebelsberg, together they took a look at the university buildings.
“In 1928 the minister of culture, Klebelsberg Kuno was supporting such developments in the past, which are very similar to the ones the University of Szeged is ahead today. " - said the Chancellor, who also noted that today’s developments are named as Klebelsberg's Plan, which has a significant impact on the future of the clinic named after Albert Szent-Györgyi.
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90 years ago the 35 years old Albert Szent-Györgyi was appointed as a university professor at the University of Szeged.
The Chancellor also recalled that the bill of appointment was signed by Minister Kuno Klebelsberg, who invited the scholar from Cambridge. The significance of this decision is proven by the fact that only 9 years later, on December 10, 1937, Albert Szent-Györgyi received the Nobel Prize for his research in Szeged.