Administrative / Biographical history
László Cséry was born in Budapest on June 29, 1930. His name at birth was László János Pál Berger. His mother was Erzsébet Guzmics, his father, a railroad employee, was Ede László Cséry (Berger).
László Cséry went to elementary school in Albertfalva, and attended high school at the Saint Stephen Gymnasium of the Premonstratensian Order in Budafok (Albertfalvi Állami Elemi Népiskola and Jászóvári Premontrei Kanonokrend Szent István Gimnáziuma, respectively, both near Budapest). He started his university studies in 1948 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the (Hungarian Royal) Palatine Joseph University of Technology and Economics, and graduated as an engineer from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of - in the meantime renamed - Budapest Technical University (currently Budapest University of Technology and Economics) in 1952.
In 1951, Cséry's name was added to the national register of professionals (országos szakértői névjegyzék). First he worked at the Civil Engineering Planning Company (Mélyépítési Tervező Vállalat) as an expert and editor, then from 1952 to 1970 he was an employee of the Csepel Automobile Factory (Csepel Autógyár). Throughout this period he was also a lecturer at the Technical Institute for Smelting and Engineering (Kohó- és Gépipari Technikum), the Machine Design Department of Budapest Technical University (Budapesti Műszaki Egyetem Géprajz Tanszéke), and he also taught at the technical college that was started around this time in Shebeen El Kom, Egypt, between 1961 and 1963. In 1968 he was awarded the Worker's Excellence Award in Engineering (A Gépipar Kiváló Dolgozója).
From 1970 until his retirement in 1978, he worked at the Hungarian Office for Standardization (Magyar Szabványügyi Hivatal). In this period he frequently visited Geneva, where he represented Hungary at the reunions of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and during sessions on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Between 1985 and 1990 he served as President of the Technical Board of the International Organization for Standardization.
In 1973 he was awarded a doctorate, and one year later he earned the Silver Class Work Order of Merit (Munka Érdemrend ezüst fokozata). In 1982 he received the Memorial Medal (Emlékérem) of the Federation of Technical Scientific Associations (Műszaki Tudományos Egyesületek Szövetsége, MTESZ). In 1986 he was awarded the Gold Class Work Order of Merit (Munka Érdemrend arany fokozata).
His last employment - as a pensioner - was with Rolitron (later: Synergon) Ltd., between 1988 and 2001.
Throughout his life, he has held numerous side jobs. He has published in learned journals (Műszaki Élet, Szabványosítás, Gépipar), has written textbooks, edited others' work, and conducted language exams. He was a longtime member of the Fair Commission (Vásárbizottság) of MTESZ and of the National Technical Development Commission (Országos Műszaki Fejlesztési Bizottság).
László Cséry passed away on May 29, 2001, in Budapest.
(Source of biographical information: the biographical summary by Ágnes Cséry, which is also part of this collection.)
The documents have been transferred to Blinken OSA by Ágnes Cséry, daughter of László Cséry, in early 2022.