BORN 8 Apr 1932, Budapest - DIED 12 Dec 1993, Budapest|
CAUSE OF DEATH cancer
GRAVE LOCATION Budapest: Kerepesi cemetery (28-közép)
József Antall studied Hungarian language and literature and obtained degrees in library science and museology. He worked at the Hungarian State Archives and the Research Institute of Pedagogy. He participated in the revolution of 1956 and was arrested several times by the Soviets afterwards and in 1959 he was no longer allowed to teach.
He worked as a librarian and contributed to the Lexicon of Hungarian Biographies and subsequently worked at the Semmelweis Museum for Medicine. In 1974 he became its director. By 1986 he was vice president of the International Society for History of Medicine.
After the fall of communism he participated in the negotiations for constitutional reform. In 1990 his party MDF won the elections and on 23 May 1990 he became Prime Minister. In this office he had to deal with enormous difficulties and some considered his style too authoritarian. He was still in office when he died of cancer in 1993.