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Jakab Pólya (Pollak)

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Békésszentandrás, Szarvasi, Békés County, Hungary
Death: July 30, 1897 (52)
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Immediate Family:

Son of Mozes Pollak and Janka Pollak
Husband of Johanna (Anna) Pólya
Father of Dr. Jenö (Eugene) Sándor (Alexander) Pólya; Ilona Pólya; Flóra Klarissa Kemeny; László Pólya and George Pólya
Brother of Fanny Pollak; Hermann Pollak; Israel Pollak; Roza Pólya; Samuel Pollak and 4 others

Occupation: lawyer, economist, University Prof
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About Jakab Pólya


In fact, although Jakab Pólya had the name "Pólya" when his son György (or George as he was later known) was born, he had only called himself Pólya for the five preceding years. Before that his name had been Jakab Pollák but, in order to understand why Jakab Pollák changed his name to Pólya, we need to look at both his career and at a little Hungarian history.

Jakab was trained as a lawyer, ran his own law firm which failed, and then worked for the international insurance company Assicurazioni Generali of Trieste. However what he really wanted was a university post in which he could conduct research into the subjects which really interested him, namely economics and statistics. After 1867 Hungary had gained full internal independence within the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the political philosophy of the country was to move towards a Hungarian state that was both Magyar in spirit, and in its institutions. What better way for Jakab Pollák to improve his chances of a university post than to change his name from a Jewish sounding one to one which sounded really Hungarian. He did just that in 1882 and whether it contributed to his success in getting an appointment as a Privatdozent at the University of Budapest, one cannot say but he received such a post shortly before he died in his early fifties when George was ten years old.

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Jakab Pólya's Timeline

October 22, 1844
Békésszentandrás, Szarvasi, Békés County, Hungary
April 30, 1876
Age 31
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 32
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
April 5, 1879
Age 34
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Age 39
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
December 13, 1887
Age 43
Budapest, Budapest, Közép-Magyarország, Hungary
July 30, 1897
Age 52
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary