Uwe Mèffert (born 28 November 1939) is a German puzzle designer
and inventor. He has manufactured and sold mechanical puzzles in the
style of Rubik's Cube since the original Cube craze. His first design
was the Pyraminx and others include the Megaminx, Skewb and Skewb
Diamond. More recently he has licensed and
re-released designs from other manufacturers, such as Dogic.[citation
In the 1970s Mèffert created some puzzles for his own amusement using
pieces of balsa wood attached to a center ball by rubber
bands. He did not think anyone else would be
interested in them, and put them away and forgot about them until
Ernő Rubik's Rubik's Cube became a worldwide sensation in the 1980s.
In 1981 Mèffert took his puzzles to a Japanese toymaker who agreed to
market them. One of them, Pyraminx, sold more than 10 million pieces
that year, and 90 million within three years. Since that time,
Mèffert and his associates have created more than 100 3D rotating
Mèffert also created his own version of sudoku, the popular
nine-number print puzzle. In addition to the standard sudoku rules,
the two major diagonals must also contain the numerals from 1 to 9.
Additionally, a Chinese magic square is hidden somewhere in the
solution. He named this puzzle Kokonotsu, Japanese for nine.
Mèffert has also produced puzzle designs by Tony Fisher, including
the Golden Cube, and Oskar van Deventer, including the Gear Cube.
Mèffert was born in Wernigerode in the Harz Mountains of Germany on
the 28 November 1939. Mèffert is the son of Otto Oscar Wilhelm
Rudolph Mèffert and Emmy Johanna Frieda Von-Vorkauf. He was
educated in Heidelberg, Germany, Geelong, Australia, and Bern,
Switzerland. He has lived in Asia since the 1970s and currently
resides in Hong Kong. He is married to Jing Mèffert;
they have three children: Michelle, Andrew and Ulrich and two
grandchildren, Mikaela and Zachary.
^ a b c d e Gardner, Martin. "Introduction to Uwe Meffert". Kokonotsu.
Retrieved 24 September 2009.
^ TwistyPuzzles.com (2006). "Fisher's Golden Cube". TwistyPuzzles.com.
Retrieved 19 July 2014.
Oskar van Deventer
2×2×2 (Pocket Cube)
3×3×3 (Rubik's Cube)
4×4×4 (Rubik's Revenge)
5×5×5 (Professor's Cube)
6×6×6 (V-Cube 6)
7×7×7 (V-Cube 7)
8×8×8 (V-Cube 8)
Floppy Cube (1x3x3)
Rubik's Domino (2x3x3)
Bob Burton, Jr.
Ron van Bruchem
Anthony Michael Brooks
Layer by Layer
Rubik's Cube group
World Cube Association
Rubik's Cube in popular culture
The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube
1982 World Rubik's Cube Championship
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