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Denys Fisher (11 May 1918 – 17 September 2002) was an English engineer who invented the spirograph toy and created the company Denys Fisher Toys. He left Leeds University to join the family firm, Kingfisher (Lubrication) Ltd. In 1960 he left the firm to set up his own company, Denys Fisher Engineering, in Leeds. In 1961 the company won a contract with NATO to supply springs and precision components for its 20 mm cannon. Between 1962 and 1964 he developed various drawing machines from Meccano pieces, eventually producing a prototype Spirograph. Patented in 16 countries, it went on sale in Schofields department store in Leeds in 1965. A year later, Fisher licensed Spirograph to Kenner Products in the United States. In 1967 Spirograph was chosen as the UK Toy of the Year.

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  • Denys Fisher (* 11. Mai 1918 in Leeds, England; † 17. September 2002 in Furness, England) war ein englischer Spielzeughersteller und Spieleautor. Nach seinem Maschinenbaustudium an der University of Leeds war Fisher bei der familieneigenen Firma Kingfisher beschäftigt, bevor er sich 1960 in Leeds mit der Firma Denys Fisher Engineering selbständig machte. In der neuen Firma entwickelte er einen für die NATO.1962 erfand er erneut (nach Bruno Abakanowiczs Erfindung desselben im 19. Jahrhundert) das Kinderspielzeug Spirograph, das er in 16 Ländern patentieren ließ und 1965 auf der Nürnberger Spielwarenmesse präsentierte.
  • Denys Fisher (11 May 1918 – 17 September 2002) was an English engineer who invented the spirograph toy and created the company Denys Fisher Toys. He left Leeds University to join the family firm, Kingfisher (Lubrication) Ltd. In 1960 he left the firm to set up his own company, Denys Fisher Engineering, in Leeds. In 1961 the company won a contract with NATO to supply springs and precision components for its 20 mm cannon. Between 1962 and 1964 he developed various drawing machines from Meccano pieces, eventually producing a prototype Spirograph. Patented in 16 countries, it went on sale in Schofields department store in Leeds in 1965. A year later, Fisher licensed Spirograph to Kenner Products in the United States. In 1967 Spirograph was chosen as the UK Toy of the Year.
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