András Ádám was born on January 29, 1934. His parents were medical doctors, his father was the head physician of the thermal bath in Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary. After the grammar school he studied at the L. Kossuth University of Debrecen and graduated in 1956 as a high school teacher in mathematics and physics.
Since 1957 he has worked at the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. First he was attached to the branch of this Institute, accomodated in Szeged; he was active there under the leadership of Professor L. Kalmár. He worked in the Budapest centre of the Institute (since 1964), as a scientific adviser (since 1987), now he is in retired status (since 2004).
Longer visit at foreign institutions: Moscow (Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences; University of Moscow) and Novosibirsk (Mathematical Institute of the Siberian Section of the Soviet Academy of Sciences), 6 months, 1963/1964.
Visiting Professorship: Rangoon, Burma [today Yangon, Myanmar] (Arts and Science University), one year, 1973/1974.
His main research field is automaton theory and graph theory. Earlier he dealt with the theory of Boolean functions, too.
From 1978 till 1989 he was managing editor of the journal Periodica Mathematica Hungarica.
Languages: reads and writes in English and German, reads in Russian; mother tongue Hungarian.
Membership: János Bolyai Mathematical Society. John von Neumann Computer Society before 2004.
He has never been a member of any political party.
Widowed. He was married from 1964 till 1982 (divorced) and from 1989 till 1993. He has a son Bence (1965) and a daughter Dorottya (1970).