László Lovász obtained his doctoral degree in mathematics from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 1971. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the NAS and several other Academies.
He held the Chair of Geometry at the University of Szeged (1975-1982) and the Chair of Computer Science at the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, 1983-1993). He was A.D.White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (1982-1987), Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Yale University (1993-1999), Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research (1999-2006), Director of the Mathematical Institute of the Eötvös Loránd University (2006-2011), and President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2014-2020). Currently he is Research Professor at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics.
His awards include the George Polya Prize (1979), the Ray D.Fulkerson Prize (1982), the Wolf Prize (1999), the Knuth Prize (1999), the Gödel Prize (2001), the Kyoto Prize (2010) and the Abel Prize (2021). He is editor-in-chief of Combinatorica and editor of 10 other Journals.
His field of research is discrete mathematics, its applications to the theory theory of computing, and its interactions with classical mathematics. He wrote 5 research monographs and 4 textbooks, and over 250 research papers.