Professor Dr. Szász András was born in 1947 in Budapest. He was graduated as physicist at Eötvös University, Budapest. After defending his doctorate at the same university, he became an assistant lecturer and started the various grades of the research and education. In the field of research, he soon became the leader of a team of young researchers commencing research into non-equilibrium electron structures. He developed a special investigating method (soft-X-ray deep profile analysis), which was protected by his first patent.

The research led Him almost automatically to the study of the electron structure of surfaces and non-equilibrium chemical bonds. Out of this project he founded a Laboratory for Surface and Interface Physics, a department at the University, giving challenges to many young research fellows. Professor Szász, registered more than twenty patents concerning the significant adhesion qualities of wear- and corrosion-resistance and other special coatings for mechanical, electric and other industrial use. In this way, the major family of metallic glass coatings were developed in particular applications (special industrial textiles, alloy- surfaces, etc.). Professor Szász founded a scientific-research laboratory (METALAB) for technological transfer. This was a great innovation in Hungary at that time and was recognised by Eötvös University as an autonomous unit within the Faculty for Natural Sciences. The new structure can be regarded as the first scientific-park in Hungary since it was using the huge interdisciplinary scientific experience of the University in working out technical solutions required by the industry.

The world-leading laboratories for Soft X-rays, a necessary component of the research work, were in the 1980s in St. Petersburg (Russia) and in Glasgow (UK). Professor Szász spent a lot of time at both of them. An appointed visiting professorship developed from the contacts in Glasgow over a seventeen-year period. After leaving Eötvös University, Professor Szász went to Szent István University where he is the lecturer of biophysics and head of Biotechnics Department. Since 2012 he is visiting professor at Pazmany Peter Catholic University where he teaches bioelectrodynamics. In 2013 he was appointed to be a visiting professor at Chiba University, Japan, he teaches fractal physiology there for three years.

The very fast progress of surface/interface-physics research ocused Dr. Szász’s attention almost automatically on bio-physical surfaces (membranes) – a great challenge. In 1988, the idea emerged that the selective modification of cell membranes can also play a role in the healing of cancer tumours. This challenge carried something of pre-destiny, as his mother died very young after suffering terribly from cancer. He did not want to leave implementation to chance and so became an entrepreneur, founding a company for the study of these problems and for the practical usage of the results. This was the birth of OncoTherm Ltd., the first university spin-off entrepreneurship in Hungary. The recently widely used oncothermia treatment had its born in a freshly established company. Actually, five different types of devices were developed and a large number of specialised devices are in operation for oncothermia therapy not only within the European Union but also outside of it. The multiple specialized devices had been united by the permanent development, and presently are produced in a very versatile device: EHY-2000.

Besides his research work, Dr. Szász has always paid great attention to talented people and to their education. For twenty years he was a voluntary worker and one of the leaders of the movement for the care of talented students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He was also the founder of the Foundation “Two Bolyais’” which, these days, also promotes talented young people. In order to promote the innovation activities of young people, he founded the Innohelp Foundation but this was ended after some years due to the lack of interest and material funding.

Presently Professor Szász is the research director of the self-founded OncoTherm Ltd.. The business is managed by his electro-engineer son, Dr. Olivér Szász. Professor Szász receives intensive support from his family: his wife (Dr. Zsuzsanna Csih Szászné), who is also a physicist, as well as his daughter (Dr. Nóra Szász) who is electro- and bio-engineer. They also have a share in the high-level work of the company.

Professor Szász has recently published his book: Oncothermia: Principles and practices and he is the chief editor of the Oncothermia Journal. He has also numerous publications. As the iconic personality of oncothermia, he was chosen to present in the movie "Cancer is curable now", which is one of the most comprehensive cancer videos so far.

Professor Szász does not think about work pressures; 12-hour days are common for him. He is happy, designating to his work as his hobby and as a tool with which he can give back hope to many people in the future and for a better quality of life. This is the essence of his life.

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