As Spiegel Online reported today, inventor Artur Fischer died on January 27, 2016 at the age of 96. This is very sad news as Artur Fischer was arguably the greatest innovator and one of the greatest businessmen of post-war Germany. Among a large number of useful things, he invented the synchronous flash for photography (registered as a patent already in 1949), the famous Fischer Dowel (“S Plug” (Split-) wallplug made from plastic materials, “Dübel” in German) and the Fischertechnik Construction Kits with which many nerds grew up, including the famous C64 Fischer Robotics Kit of the 1980s. Further inventions of Artur Fischer were innovative bone plugs for fixing bone fractures and biodegradable and edible children’s toys from potato starch.
Fischer received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1999 and was honored by the European Patent Office in 2014 for his life’s work (picture above).
His heritage includes an impressive portfolio of over 1,100 patents. He even overtook Thomas Alva Edison, who held “only” 1,093 patents, and reportedly remained inventive and interested in solving technical problems until the very end.