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Michael Polanyi (1891–1976) by Lucia Moholy, 1938 © Lucia Moholy; collection National Portrait Gallery, London


Polanyi, Michael (1891–1976), physical chemist and philosopher, was born in Budapest in March 1891, the fifth of six children and third son of Mihály Polacsek, a railway entrepreneur and civil engineer of Jewish extraction, and his wife, Cecília Wohl. Due to carelessness in registering his birth, its exact date is unknown. His family celebrated it on the 11th; his entry in ...