Augusta Maria "Mici" Teller (née Schütz-Harkányi) (30 May[citation needed] 1909 – 4 June 2000) was an American scientist and computer programmer, involved in the development of the Metropolis algorithm.

Augusta H. Teller
Born(1909-05-30)May 30, 1909[citation needed]
DiedJune 4, 2000(2000-06-04) (aged 91)
Alma materUniversity of Budapest
University of Pittsburgh
Known forMetropolis algorithm
Spouse(s)Edward Teller
Scientific career

Born as Auguszta Mária Harkányi, she and her brother, Ede, were adopted by their foster father after their biological father's death, who gave them their second last name. Ede "Szuki" Schütz-Harkányi was a childhood friend of Edward Teller.

In 1932-33, she spent two years at the University of Pittsburgh with a scholarship.[1] When she returned to Hungary, she married her longtime friend, Teller, in February 1934. The Tellers emigrated to the United States in 1935, after Russian-born physicist George Gamow invited Edward to teach at the George Washington University. She and her husband became American citizens on March 6, 1941.

She wrote an initial version of the MANIAC I code for the first paper introducing Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation, though the final code used in the publication was written in entirety by Arianna Rosenbluth.


  1. ^ Wilt, Gloria (1 August 1998). "Glimpses of an Exceptional Man". Science and Technology Review.

'Marshall Rosenbluth and the Metropolis algorithm', J. E. Gubernatis, Physics of Plasmas 12, 057303 (2005); doi: