In 1951 Lóránd Kesztyűs as dean became the first head of the University Medical School of Debrecen formed from the Faculty of Medicine of the Debrecen University, and then he was elected rector of the institution for two periods (1959-1963, 1967-1973). He had determining roles in the infrastructural extension of departments and clincics, in modernisation of medical education with increased number of medical students, in enhancing productivity of scientific research, in developing clinical service with high regional and national reputation and in shaping a performance based, democratic leadership managament under restrictive conditions of a state party centralized political system. His internationally recognised research activity and national science policy achievements led to foundation of immunology and allergy research in Hungary. He was elected to member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Establishing the related department, with text book writing and creating his school of scientists, made him a momentous professor of pathophysiology. His friendly, direct and open persionality had an important role in realisation of a succesful leadership and organizational climate at the departmental and institutional level. Presentation of his achievements is based on a monograph of his past co-worker with reflections of three professors (two of them also served as rectors).
Full professor Aladar Kettesy, elected to become rector by the University of Debrecen and confirmed in this position by the Minister of Religion and Education, started on September 1st in 1949 his one year rectorship which could ensure professional developments and preserve traditional values of the institution at a time when the autonomy of the university was severely constrained by a sharply changed political system. In thi difficult historical circumstances he arrived to the university leadership post as a professor of medicine who chaired the ophtalmology clinic for a quarter of a century, represented outstanding professional authority and enjoyed broadly manifested trust in the institution. His internationally recognized clinical and scientific accomplishments of previous as well as later decades, and his fascinating personality made him a legendary figure of the university community.
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The Lake Balaton Institute of Limnology of the Ecological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Sciences is 90 years old. The Balaton Limnology Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Sciences celebrated the 90th anniversary of its opening on the 8th of September, 2017, in Tihany, where László Fésüs, chairman of the Biology Section of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences greeted the event with the address printed here. The institute, originally called "The Hungarian Biology Research Institute" was the very first independent research institution in Hungary, established and opened in 1927 by the famous politician Kúnó Klébelsberg who is also highly respected for developing university campuses and many new elementary schools. During nine decades the institute attracted leading life scientists from Hungary as well as abroad, its research areas covered the major trends in biology including broad topics in botany, zoology, molecular biology, neurobiology and has had a crucial role saving Lake Balaton from ecological catastrophes.