120th Anniversary of the Birth of the Inventor of Faxes and Scans: Rudolf Hell

Rudolf Hell in Eggmühl, his birthplace, 1984. The residents, including Elisabeth Deubel, received him warmly.
Photo: idowa archive / Fritz Wallner

On December 19th, 120 years ago, Rudolf Hell was born in a train station. Technology accompanied him all his life. Television predecessor, fax, digital newspaper printing: he is the great German inventor of the modern age.

"A Bavarian who anchored in the North Sea" - that is how Rudolf Hell saw himself. Around 100 personal patents and another 300 operational ones originate from him. He laid the foundation for many technical devices that are taken for granted today, especially scanners and digital image printing. Hell is the inventor of fax technology and a pioneer in communications technology.

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