The page of Zollman, Peter, English biography
Peter Zollman /The Times, 12 December 2013/
Peter Zollmann (1931-2013) Industrial scientist who ‘joined up’ the Channel Tunnel and was a leading translator of Hungarian poetry Peter Zollman was 25 with little money and only a rudimentary grasp of English when he arrived in England in the winter of 1956, a refugee from Budapest where Red Army tanks had crushed the Hungarian Uprising. He went on to become first an industrial scientist, responsible for the high-precision meeting of the two ends of the Channel Tunnel which was opened in 1994; and second a distinguished translator of poetry and drama from his native language into English. He was also a gifted linguist and had an inexhaustible appetite for knowledge and culture.