Interview with Michelangelo Naddeo

Have you ever got any support for your work?

I have devoted some years of my life to the research I made because I enjoyed doing it and I thought it could be a valuable contribution to the historical research of the origins of the European civilization. I was not expecting any support. I did receive support from many Hungarians, who sent me books, contributed to my work with their knowledge of the Hungarian culture, invoked the protection of Isten on me. I have received no support at all from any Institution of any kind. The Hungarian institutions are not interested in the past of the Hungarians: shamefully they have not even sponsored the Unicoding of the Rovás, a work that is now in the hands of a foreigner, who does not even speak Hungarian, and who is quoting false statements of Gimbutas in order to support his personal opinions. A Country that does not praise its past is a Country that has no future.

What can make us start to quest for our European roots?

Some Hungarians appear to be unaware of the fact that Communism is no longer ruling the Country. Some others believe that they are not Europeans. The truth is that they are “fossil Europeans”, the most ancient people of Europe.

Most of all I am sympathetic with the younger Hungarian generations, who have not been influenced by the ideologies of the last century: they shall bring Hungary back to an important role in Europe.

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Errata corrige: The magazine that defined of poor quality the research performed by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was not “National Geographic” (as mistakenly stated by me during the interview), but the scientific magazine “Nature”… which is even more authoritative and influential. (“Hungary’s science academy slammed as ‘obsolete'”1,  Quirin Schiermeier. Nature 441, 1034 – 1035 (2006)).

Note: some images have been added to this page after the publication of the interview by Magyar Demokrata. These images can be viewed by downloading a complete version of this interview in pdf format HERE.

MICHELANGELO NADDEO

Biography

Michelangelo Naddeo was born in 1943, in Ceccano, not far from Rome. He studied in a “Liceo Classico” high school, where he learned Philosophy, History, Ancient Languages, Arts. He graduated at the University of Rome, as an Electronic Engineer.

From 1965 to 1975 he was an officer in the Italian Air Force Air Defence. In 2000 he retired and since then he has been researching.

He speaks eight languages, including Latin and Ancient Greek.

His main books: “Germanic Runes… a Finnish Alphabet (2006), “Honfoglalás… the Magyars are back home” (2007), “The Ugaritic Abjad… a Rovás alphabet” (2007), “The Ancient Magyar Art and Religion” (being printed).

  1. Here follows the complete text of the “Nature” article:

    Hungary’s science academy slammed as ‘obsolete’

    Government and researchers complain of old-fashioned and discriminatory policies.

    Hungary’s national science academy has been criticized for discriminating against scientists living and working abroad. The academy’s attitude is frustrating not just researchers but also the Hungarian government, which is trying to reform the country’s research system and attract more high-profile scientists.

    The Hungarian Academy of Sciences is accused of putting scientists who publish abroad at a disadvantage.

    The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) in Budapest is Hungary’s largest and best-funded public research institution. It awards a title, ‘Doctor of Science’, that is required by professors or lecturers at most Hungarian universities and academic research institutes. Applicants need a certain number of scientific publications, but Nature has learned that the academy’s medical division treats non-Hungarian publications as worth only half as much as those published in Hungary.

    “The rules basically exclude foreign researchers from competition with medical scientists in Hungary,” says Gábor Vajta, a Hungarian embryologist and cloning expert working at the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences in Tjele. He says he has no intention of returning to his native country. “But if I did, I would practically have to start from the very beginning.”

    “It’s outrageous,” agrees Csaba Szabó, a pharmacologist who, after ten years in the United States and United Kingdom, returned to Hungary last year.

    The policy is also against the spirit of Hungary’s membership of the European Union, says Georges Bingen, who oversees mobility programmes at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research. “This looks like a severe obstacle to mobility,” he says. Last year, the commission set up a mobility charter for researchers in Europe, calling for countries to encourage researchers to work abroad. But the commission has no authority to force a scientific institution to do so.

    The Hungarian government, which wants to strengthen Hungarian science, is also concerned. “Some of the academy’s rules clearly disadvantage scientists who live and publish abroad,” says János Kóka, the Hungarian minister responsible for science.

    Kóka says the practice is symptomatic of the academy’s old-fashioned attitude. “Its election committees still consist of academicians who were socialized in a totalitarian regime,” he says. “They’re used to spending tens of millions of euros without producing any results worth mentioning.” The HAS spends a large portion of its budget on “inherited merits and obsolete institutions”, Kóka says.

    They’re used to spending tens of millions of euros without producing any results worth mentioning.

    Norbert Kroó, the HAS’s vice-president in charge of foreign relations, counters that the academy has been reformed since the fall of Hungary’s communist government in 1990. Staffing has been cut by 40%, he says, and about 170 new research groups have been selected by peer review. The HAS promotes researchers’ mobility across borders and between academia and industry, he adds. He says he wasn’t aware of the discriminatory rules, and that he’ll ask the medical section to take action: “If these rules really are applied they need to be changed.”

    “There are two major lobbies within the academy,” says Gábor Támas, a neuroscientist at the University of Szeged. “One faction wants changes, the other does not.”

    Támas says reform is needed urgently. But he warns against dismissing the academy’s performance. Some HAS institutes, such as the Institute of Experimental Medicine in Budapest and the Biological Research Center in Szeged, produce some of the best science in the country, he says.

    Critics and supporters of the academy should stop blaming each other, says Ernõ Duda, president of both Solvo Biotechnology in Budapest and the Hungarian Biotech-nology Association. He agrees that the academy needs to change, but also that Hungary’s overly hierarchical universities must open up. “Until a few years ago I would have said that financing was the biggest obstacle to biotechnology in Hungary,” he says. “Now the biggest problem is our obsolete and old-fashioned academic research system.”

    Quirin Schiermeier

    Nature 441, 1034-1035 (29 June 2006)  []

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