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Here you will find information on the Inventors Gallery online project, contact details, sources and copyright information.

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This project on the Inventors Gallery of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office was established in 2004, the "Year of Technology". It presents an overview on the Inventors Gallery and will stimulate interest in the patent system, ie patent documents, the corresponding technical descriptions and drawings, encouraging also the amateur without thorough expert knowledge to learn more about this topic. The pages contain brief biographies of the inventors who have been honoured for their work and brief descriptions of their respective technical fields. For some of the technical fields you can also find more in-depth articles by patent examiners. The original layout of a selected patent specification is displayed for each inventor.

Technical information:

By 2006, the Internet pages of Federal German authorities will have to be barrier free allowing everybody to use the pages. For this purpose some requirements have to be observed regarding technical details and content. One example is the use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) for setting up pages. Cascading Style Sheets separate presentation from content allowing special screen reader software for the blind to purposefully access the content of the pages without difficulties.


Unfortunately, some browsers do not fully support these CSS requirements. This leads to a different layout of pages – particularly for older browser versions. For surfers using Netscape 4 or Internet Explorer 4, for example, pages displayed will have a reduced layout only.

Notes on the modification of the font size:
You may change the font size in your browser settings.
For the Microsoft browser: choose "Ansicht/Schriftgrad" (view/ font size) on the menu bar.
For Netscape browser: "Anzeigen/ Text-Zoom" (view/ text zoom).
For Opera browser: "Ansicht/Zoom-Faktor" (view/ zoom).

Project team: Patentamt Online

Concept, webdesign and HTML implementation: Lisa Renninger

Franke, Karsten
Gebranzig, Uwe
Dr. Kerschbaumer, E.
Kirscheneder, Werner
Renninger, Lisa
Sekora, Franz
Weißenberger, Horst
Ziegler, Rudolf



If you experience any technical problems or identify errors please contact:
Patentamt Online
Phone: (089) 2195-2715

For questions on the Inventors Gallery please contact:
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Referat für Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
(Public Relations)
Zweibrückenstraße 12
80331 München
(089) 2195-3222



Photos copyright:

Portrait photos of inventors in the short biographies:
Barényi, Béla: DaimlerChrysler.com
Binnig, Gerd: Definiens
Bölkow, Ludwig: L-B-Systemtechnik GmbH
Bruch, Walter: gfu Gesellschaft für Unterhaltungs- und Kommunikationselektronik
Dethloff, Jürgen: Bruno Struif
Fischer Artur: Artur Tip GmbH & Co. KG
Hell, Rudolf: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Lindenmeier, Heinz: private collection H. L.
Oberth, Hermann: Hermann-Oberth-Raumfahrt-Museum
Ohain von, Hans-Joachim Pabst: 'Jac For', Jakob Forthuber
Peter, Oskar-Erich: private collection Fam. Peter
Quadbeck-Seeger, Hans-Jürgen: BASF
Ruska, Ernst: private collection Fam. Ruska
Sauer, Hans: private collection U. Sauer
Wankel, Felix: Stiftung Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit, Mannheim
Winnacker, Ernst-Ludwig: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Zuse, Konrad: private collection H. Zuse

Portraits of
Bölkow, Bruch, Fischer, Hell, Ohain von, Sauer, Wankel, Zuse: 'Jac For', Jakob Forthuber
Barényi, Binnig, Dethloff, Lindenmeier, Quadbeck-Seeger, Winnacker: Elke Kliemann-Fischer

Photos of the events:
1984 - the opening of the gallery Rolf Weinert
1987 - the extension Kurt Lauber
1999 - the ceremony Fotostudio Heuser
All other photos and drawings: German Patent and Trade Mark Office


Barényi, Béla: From a questionnaire to Mr. Barényi for the Hall of Fame, 1993
Binnig, Gerd: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 4 to 6 January 2003 "Mit dem Laptop ins Bett"
Bölkow, Ludwig: excerpt from a panel discussion on occasion of the opening of the Inventors Gallery in 1984
Bruch, Walter: W. B. Die Fernseh-Story, p. 234
Dethloff, Jürgen: Die Welt, 17 October 2002 "Technik ist die Basis unseres Wohlstandes", an interview with the German entrepreneur and inventor Jürgen Dethloff
Fischer, Artur: excerpt from an interview published in Kultur & Technik, 04/2002
Hell, Rudolf: Rudolf Hell zum Geburtstag, 2001, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Lindenmeier, Heinz: excerpt from a letter of 5 May 2003 to the GPTO editorial office
Oberth, Hermann: excerpt from the panel discussion on occasion of the opening of the Inventors Gallery in 1984
Ohain von, Hans-Joachim Pabst: excerpt from an interview for Dimensions, University Dayton, 1989
Peter, Oskar-Erich: O.-E. P. - "Lebenserinnerungen - Der Ingenieur des technischen Fortschritts", autobiography
Quadbeck-Seeger, Hans-Jürgen: H.-J. Q.-S. Faszination Innovation - Wichtiges und Wissenwertes von A bis Z
Ruska, Ernst: excerpt from his speech at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in 1986
Sauer, Hans: "Kooperation mit der Evolution", p. 45, 1999, publisher: M. Sauer-Sachtleben
Wankel, Felix: excerpt from his diary in 1920
Winnacker, Ernst-Ludwig: excerpt from the press release by Bayerische Staatskanzlei, 29 July 2003
Zuse, Konrad: K.Z. "Der Computer mein Lebenswerk", p. 208

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