John Zaborszky, D.Sc., senior professor of electrical and systems engineering, died Friday, Feb. 1. He was 93.
Zaborszky was born May 13, 1914, in Budapest, Hungary. After earning a doctor of science degree in 1943 from the Royal Hungarian Technological University, Zaborszky worked for the university as a docent and was the chief engineer for the Municipal Power System in Budapest.
After moving to the United States in 1947, Zaborszky worked for the University of Missouri-Rolla until he joined Washington University in 1954.
In 1974, Zaborszky became the founding chairman of the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics, a position he held until 1989.
Zaborszky’s research focused on power systems and their dynamics. He published two books and more than 200 technical papers. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Science.
The School of Engineering established the Zaborszky Distinguished Lecture Series in 1990 to honor Zaborszky for his distinguished career. Even after retiring, Zaborszky remained active at WUSTL as a senior professor.
A memorial service was held in Graham Chapel on Feb. 11.