"Artur Fischer, a German inventor who registered more than 1,100 patents, including the first synchronized camera flash and an anchor that millions of do-it-yourselfers use to secure screws into walls, died on Jan. 27 at his home in Waldachtal, in southwestern Germany. He was 96... “What Bill Gates was to the personal computer, Artur Fischer is to do-it-yourself home repair,” Der Spiegel wrote in its interview. Mr. Fischer’s other inventions included Fischertechnik model-making kits, cup holders with retractable lids, ventilation nozzles and edible play-modeling material made from potato starch. “I am interested in any problem to which I can provide a solution,” Mr. Fischer told the German magazine Technology Review in 2007. His total number of inventions put him just ahead of Thomas Edison, who had 1,093 patents to his name. In recognition of Mr. Fischer’s work, the European Patent Office gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2014."
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Artur Fischer, Inventor With More Patents Than Edison, Dies at 96; New York Times, 2/8/16
William Grimes, New York Times; Artur Fischer, Inventor With More Patents Than Edison, Dies at 96: