29 January 2016
It is with great sadness that I received the news of the death of Artur Fischer on 27 January at the age of 96 in his hometown of Waldachtal (Black Forest). Artur Fischer was not only an outstanding entrepreneur, but also a gifted inventor with immense creative imagination and skill. His life is a testament to how with determination, skill and inventiveness you can revolutionise the practical things of everyday life.
Artur Fischer will leave a gap that is impossible to close. As an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a human being, we honour his phenomenal lifetime achievement. On behalf of the staff of the European Patent Office I extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
For his groundbreaking achievements, the European Patent Office honoured Artur Fischer with the European Inventor Award 2014 in the category "Lifetime achievement". In his moving acceptance speech at the Award ceremony in Berlin on 17 June 2014, Artur Fischer talked about the joys of creativity, and encouraged the audience to "let their children play", saying that "we have to keep the child within us if we want to be rich in invention."
I was also delighted to take him up on his invitation to visit him in his office in Tumlingen in the Black Forest last January. This was where he founded his company, Fischer Group, which is still family-owned and employs more than 4 000 people today.
I was impressed by his innovation and commercial success, but above all I was struck by his energy, his dynamism, and his willingness to take on new challenges. His message was that life was full of risks, but that was not a reason not to try.