Albert Gyorgyi

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In existographies, Albert Gyorgyi (62 BE-31 AE) (1893-1986 ACM) (IQ:#|#) (CR:27) (LH:5) (TL:32) was Hungarian physiologist, bio-physicist, and philosopher, noted for []



Gyorgyi influenced: John Avery, who worked under him during the summers of 1960 and 1961, and Mae-Wan Ho, who was influenced by his idea that "life" is a thing found between or amid the electron transition between two Bohr orbitals.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Gyorgyi:

The Rainbow and the Worm began 30-years ago, when, as a young undergraduate, I came across Szent Gyorgyi’s idea that life is interposed between two energy levels of the electron.”
Mae-Wan Ho (1993), Preface to first edition of The Rainbow and the Worm (pg. ix) [1]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Gyorgyi:

Life is nothing but an electron looking for a place to rest.”
— Albert Gyorgyi (c.1950), Source [possibly paraphrase?]; cited by Nick Lane (2010) in Life Ascending (pg. 288)[2]; cited by Sean Carroll (2016) in “What is the Purpose of Life?” [3]
“In my search for the secret of life, I ended up with atoms and electrons, which have no life at all. Somewhere along the lines, life has ‘run out through my fingers’[4]. So, in my old age [age 79], I am now retracing my steps [back to the cell].”
— Albert Gyorgyi (1972), “What is Life” [5]
“A ‘discovery’ must be, by definition, at variance with existing knowledge.”
— Albert Gyorgyi (1972), “Dionysians and Apollonians” (see: John Platt) [6]

End matter

See also

  • Molecular goggles[7]


  1. Ho, Mae-Won. (1993). The Rainbow and the Worm: the Physics of Organism (pg. ix). World Scientific, 1998.
  2. Lane, Nick. (2010). Life Ascending: the Ten Great Inventions of Evolution (pg. 288). Norton.
  3. Carroll, Sean. (2016). “What is the Purpose of Life?” (YT), Minute Physics, Oct 26.
  4. Compare: Gosta Ehrensvard: "The concept of life which seemed so self-evident, although indefinable, when we saw an organism in full activity appears during the course of the analysis to have ‘slipped through our fingers’ when we begin to examine a cell in detail." (Life: Origin and Development, 1960)
  5. Szent-Gyorgyi, Albert. (1972). “What is Life?”, in: The Physical Basis of Life (secret of life, pg. x). CRM Books.
  6. (a) Gyorgyi, Albert. (1972). “Dionysians and Apollonians”, Science, 176(4038):966.
    (b) Key, Mary. (2011). The Relationship of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication (§:Dionysians and Apollonians, pgs. 317-). Gruyter.
  7. Molecular goggles – Hmolpedia 2020.

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