András Szász was born in 1947 in Budapest. He was graduated on physics at Eötvös Science University, Budapest. His MSc. thesis was written about positron annihilation technology. After his university doctorate at the same university, he became an assistant lecturer and started his career with research and education. The research led him almost automatically to the study of the electron structure of surfaces and non-equilibrium chemical bonds. He soon became the leader of a team of young researchers. He developed special surface structures and adequate investigating method (soft-X-ray deep profile analysis). His first patents protected these intellectual properties from the year 1980.
He founded a Laboratory for Surface and Interface Physics, a department at the University, giving challenges to many young research fellows. The research results concerning the significant adhesion qualities of wear- and corrosion-resistance and other special coatings for mechanical, electric and other industrial use were summarized in multiple scientific publications and patents. In this way, the major family of metallic glass coatings was 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 recognized by Eötvös Science University as an autonomous unit within the Faculty of 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 Glasgow (UK). Professor Szász did research in these laboratories for years. An appointed visiting professorship developed from the contacts in Glasgow over a seventeen-year period. The speedy progress of surface/interface-physics research focused Prof. Szász’s attention almost automatically on biophysical surfaces (membranes) – a great challenge. The research was turning to the new direction, recognizing the research interest of biological surfaces. In 1988, the idea emerged that the selective modification of cell membranes can also play a role in the healing of cancer tumors. 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 he completely changed his research interest and became biophysicist, the study of these problems and for the practical usage of the results. Prof. Szász invented the method of oncothermia and founded the company Oncotherm in 1988 as a spin-off from Eotvos Science University, the first university spin-off entrepreneurship in Hungary. The method became known as modulated electro-hyperthermia (nicknames are oncothermia or nanothermia).
Prof. Szasz to optimize his synergy of science and enterprise, he left the Eötvös Science University and became a professor of Szent István University where he made his habilitation in biophysics and provided regular lectures on biophysics. He established and became head of the Biotechnics Department in the University in 1994, and he leads this department today too. Since 2012 he is visiting a professor at Pazmany Peter Catholic University where provides lectures on bio-electrodynamics. In 2013 he was appointed to be a visiting professor at Chiba University, Japan, where he delivers lectures about fractal physiology.
Prof. Szász published numerous articles in scientific and medical journals wrote book-chapters and was an author of three monographic books, one of those is the comprehensive summary: “Oncothermia – Principles and Practices” published by Springer (http://www.springer.com/biomed/cancer/book/978-90-481-9497-1). He is intensively involved in the scientific network all over the world.
Oncotherm company (www.oncotherm.com) is intensively involved in the modern research and produces medical devices of the state-of-art. The company have developed five different types of products which are in operation for therapy widely in the world, including more than 30 countries and many university research places.
Besides his research work, Prof. 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 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 Prof. Szász is the chief scientific officer of the OncoTherm Kft. (Hungary) and Oncotherm GmbH (Germany) and represents the method on international events throughout the world. The business is managed by his electro-engineer son, Dr. Olivér Szász, PhD. Professor Szász receives intensive support from his family: his wife (Dr. Zsuzsanna Csih Szászné, PhD), who is also a physicist, as well as his daughter (Dr. Nóra Iluri, PhD) who is electro- and bio-engineer. They also have a share in the high-level work of the company.
Prof. 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