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Prof. Dr. Ervin Laszlo, founder and President of the Club of
Budapest, was one of the first representatives in the area of systems
philosophy and general theory of evolution. He published nearly 70 books
translated into as many as 18 languages. In the course of his long
academic career as a professor for philosophy, systems philosophy and
future sciences, he worked in
teaching and research at a variety of reputable universities in the US, Europe, and the Far East.
Laszlo publishes a quarterly scientific journal (“WORLD FUTURES: The
Journal of General Evolution) and a corresponding book series. He also
edited a four-volume encyclopedia. Over 300 articles were published in
newspapers and magazines worldwide, including the US, Europe, Japan, and
His titles and distinctions include a Ph.D. in “Lettres et Sciences
Humaines” from the Sorbonne in Paris, an “Artist Diploma” from the Franz
Liszt Academy in Budapest, an honorary medal from the Kyung Hee
University in Seoul, the title of honorary doctor in economic sciences
of the Turku School of Economics and Business in Finland, as well as the
title of honorary doctor in the area of human sciences of the Saybrook
Institute in San Francisco.
His appointments in the past years included research grants at the
Universities of Yale and Princeton, professorships for philosophy,
systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston,
Portland State, Indiana, Northwestern University and the State
University of New York. Furthermore, his career included guest
professorships at various universities in Europe and the Far East. In
addition, Laszlo worked as program director for the United Nations
Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). On August 08, 1999, he was
awarded an honorary doctorate by the Canadian “International Institute
of Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics”.
Laszlo serves not only as President of the Club of Budapest and head
of the General Evolution Research Group, which he founded. The former
President of the International Society for Systems Sciences, Advisor of
the UNESCO Director General, Ambassador of the International Delphic
Council, member of the International Academy of Science, the World
Academy of Arts and Science and the International Academy of Philosophy,
also held and holds positions as a board member or extraordinary member
of numerous international associations, including, at one time, the
Club of Rome.
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