Ernő Rubik

Mathematician, born 7/13/1944 in Budapest.

Invented Rubik’s cube in 1974 and many more logical, mind-teasing toys since. Turned his inventions into multi-million dollar enterprises. Though his name is now a household word, at the time, Erno Rubik was a lecturer in the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest.He is now one of the wealthiest men in Hungary.

The difficulty of solving the Cube and the absolute compulsion to solve it generated over 60 books offering desperately needed help. After winning the highest prize for outstanding inventions in Hungary, in 1980 the Cube won top toy awards in Germany, France, Britain and the U.S. by 1981 it entered the New York Museum of Modern Art as an exhibit. The Cube achieved such a universal presence and penetrated so deeply the fabric of our society that “Rubik’s Cube”, by 1982 a household term, became part of the Oxford English Dictionary.

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