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A standing ovation greeted German inventor Artur Fischer as he accepted the lifetime achievement award at the European Inventor Award 2014 ceremony in Berlin on June 17. Considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time—he holds more than 1100 applications for patents and utility models—the 95 year old is perhaps best known throughout the world for coming up with a small plastic plug in 1958 that revolutionized the construction and do-it-yourself markets.

Norbert Sparrow

June 20, 2014

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Plastic wall-plug king Artur Fischer receives lifetime achievement award

A standing ovation greeted German inventor Artur Fischer as he accepted the lifetime achievement award at the European Inventor Award 2014 ceremony in Berlin on June 17. Considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time—he holds more than 1100 applications for patents and utility models—the 95 year old is perhaps best known throughout the world for coming up with a small plastic plug in 1958 that revolutionized the construction and do-it-yourself markets. The expansion plug, also known as the Fischer wall plug, allows screws to be fastened in materials that otherwise would not support heavier objects.

artur-fischer-150.jpg"Rivaled only by screws and nails, [the expansion plug] is one of the most frequently used building supplies in the world," writes Brian Bollen in the Financial Times. "An estimated 14 million wall plugs and anchors are produced every day."

Among Fischer's other notable inventions are the first synchronized flash for cameras and the Fischertechnik kits that have introduced generations of children to the wondrous possibilities of engineering and technology since 1964.

Widely regarded as Europe's technology and innovation Oscars, the annual European Inventor Awards recognize outstanding achievements in social, economic, and technological progress. The program is organized by the European Patent Office. In addition to Fischer, five other individuals were singled out this year. For more information, read the press release.

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Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.

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