The inventor of flash sync
So in my book on flash, Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography, I start off with a little history of flash and how modern flash tech came about. And one thing I never found out was who first developed flash sync technology.
Turns out he was alive when I wrote it! The New York Times reports that German mega-inventor Artur Fischer, creator of the fischertechnik toy system and the humble yet ubiquitous wall screw anchor, was also the inventor of flash sync. Fischer, who died on January 27 2016 at age 96, invented flash sync in 1947, selling the technology to Agfa.
Thank you, Herr Fischer!