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|Kaplan Medal for Julius Thurnher
| SPECIAL NEWSLETTER 04/09
Univ. Prof. DI. Dr. Gerlind
Weber, granddaughter of Viktor Kaplan, clipped the medal to the
Julius Thurnher, founder and master mind
of iku®windows, honored with highest award for innovators in Austria
We are happy to inform you about a very
spezial honor. The Austrian association of innovators & owners of
patents (OPEV), celebrating its centenary this year, awarded nine
leading managers of Austrian companies for their extraordinary
The Austrian Viktor Kaplan (1876-1943), inventor of the Kaplan turbine,
made this invention already in 1912, but it took more than six years
bevor it became accepted by the local industry against severe
resistance. The Kaplan medal, named after him, is awarded to inventors,
who are able not only to create something unprecedented, but also to
develope it for commercial use and last but not least to establish it
in the market.
A very famous Austrian member of the association e.g. was Carl Auer von
Welsbach (1854 – 1929), who invented the gas mantle, the forunner of
the light bulb. Further prize winners 2009 amongst others have been
Julian Wagner from Rosenbauer International AG ;or Robert
Kanduth from GREENoneTEC.
Julius Thurnher with his
family in front of the Kaplan turbine in the garden of the technical
museum in Vienna. He said that his family was his personal turbine.
For Julius Thurnher this award has a very spezial meaning. His
intelligent facade systems iku®windows with integrated self-cleaning
mechanism, was characterized as a „profound innovation“, something
revolutionary and and totally new, suitable to set a milestone in
Julius Thurnher was moved about the honor and expressed his gratitude
especially to his family, who supported him for many years.
Dr. Gabriele Zuna-Kratky, KR Julius Thurnher,
DI Dr. Gerlind Weber (fltr)
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