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If You Are a Do-It-Yourselfer, Honor the Memory of Prof. Artur Fischer

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

2016-01-29-PortraetProfArturFischer-prArtur Fischer, the German inventor of the first synchronized camera flash and the drywall anchor died January 27, 2016 at his home in Waldachtal, in southwestern Germany at the age of 96. Over his lifetime of inventing, Fischer registered more than 1,100 patents – more than Thomas Edison,

Prof. Artur Fischer founded his company,The Fischer Group, in 1948, then continued expanding it over time with great success. In 1980, he transferred responsibility for the family business to his son, honorary Prof. Klaus Fischer. He entrusted his son with this responsibility even though he was only 29 years old at the time. Prof. Artur Fischer then dedicated himself to his passion of inventing, developing many new products for the company.

Prof. Artur Fischer always remained loyal and connected to his homeland. Throughout his entire life, he went above and beyond corporate interests to work for the common good and to support young inventors. Numerous awards and honors punctuate his life’s work, a testament to the formidable nature of his discoveries.

The funeral took place on Friday morning at the Tumlingen cemetery, and was attended by close family members. The fischer group of companies grieves with them, and remembers Prof. Artur Fischer with respect and gratitude.

Prof. Artur Fischer – Timeline

1919 Artur Fischer is born in Tumlingen

1948 Founding of his first company

1949 Invention of a flash device for cameras with synchronized trigger

1958 Invention of the fischer S-plug

1963 Invention of a multi-bulb flash device on a single rotating base

1964 Invention of the fischertechnik construction set

1970 Invention of multiple anchors for immobilizing broken bones

1979 Move to the newly constructed research and development center

1980 Transfer of management responsibilities to his son Klaus Fischer

1981 Development of the first mass-marketable undercut anchor ZYKON

1984 Development of the FU universal plug

1987 Development of the first bolt anchor in the world that could be freely used in tensile zones

1989 Invention of the ZYKON undercut drilling jig

1998 Development of the toy fischer TiP made of plant-based starches

Awards and Honors:

1967 Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit

1969 Awarded the status of honored citizen by his native town of Tumlingen

1976 Awarded the title Dr. phil. h. c. by the University of Gießen

1976 Named an honored citizen of the district of Waldachtal

1977 Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class

1977 Awarded the title of Honorary Senator of the University of Stuttgart

1980 Awarded the Medal of Merit of the state of Baden-Württemberg

1982 Awarded the Citizen’s Medal of the district of Waldachtal

1984 Accepted into the Gallery of Honor of the German Patent Office

1986 Awarded the title of Professor by the state of Baden-Württemberg

1986 Awarded the Oskar von Miller medal in gold and the Diesel medal in gold

1991 Awarded the Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

1991 Awarded the Werner von Siemens ring as its 27th holder since 1916

1992 Named an honorary member of the Deutsches Museum

1994 Awarded the title of Dr.-Ing. E. h. by the University of Stuttgart

1999 Awarded the Grand Cross of Merit with star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

2001 Honored by the Deutsches Museum with the installation of a bronze bust

2003 Awarded the medal of honor of the Department of Aerospace Technology and Geodesics

2005 Awarded the 2nd Founder’s Prize of Baden-Württemberg in the “Lifetime Achievement” category

2006 Awarded the Grand Cross of Merit with star and sash of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

2008 The commemorative medal series “Tinkerers and Inventors from Baden-Württemberg” is issued by the Baden-Württemberg State Mint. The first edition features Prof. Artur Fischer

2009 Awarded the German Founder’s Prize in the “Lifetime Achievement” category

2014 Awarded the European Inventor Award in the “Lifetime Achievement” category

Courtesy The Fischer Group.

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