1977 Rudolf Hell

Inventor and Technologist / Kiel, Germany

"Rudolf Hell is the Edison of the graphic arts industry", as stated in the eulogy by Hermann Zapf in 1997. The German inventor Rudolf Hell was born in Eggmühl / Oberpfalz in 1901 and died in 2002 in Kiel. At a young age, Hell was able to show his preference for science and so he decided to study electrical engineering at the Technical University in Munich. In 1925, as assistant to Max Dieckmann, he introduced a photoelectric flash tube for television. It was followed by a television system with mechanical image splitter and the promotion of a direct-viewing radio rangefinder for aviation. In 1929, when he founded his own company between Berlin and Potsdam, he developed his "Hellschreiber" as well as novel Morse devices.
In the following years, Hell worked intensively on video telegraphy and developed corresponding devices for the post office, press, police and meteorological services. It is due to the introduction into a new age of printing technology, due to the invention of the cliché maker. In addition, in 1979 the electronic image processing system "ChromaCom" by Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Hell GmbH developed. In total, he enrolled 131 patents in his life.
Among other numerous honors, in 1977 the inventor received the Gutenberg Prize of the international Gutenberg Society and the city of Mainz for the operation of the principle of breaking down letters, characters and figures into tiny individual elements of electronic impulses.