Fact File about the Invention of Rubik's Cube: Invention: Rubik Cube *** Date of Invention: 1974 *** Name of Inventor: Erno Rubik *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1944 - Present *** Nationality of Inventor: Hungarian *** Category: Toys and Games *** Country of Origin: Hungary *** Facts about the Inventor, Erno Rubik, and the invention of
Rubik's Cube ***
Fact 1: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Rubik's Cube was invented by Erno Rubik in 1974 during the Technology and Information Age of inventions.
Fact 2: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Prior to the invention of Rubik's Cube
in 1974, two other inventors, Larry D. Nichols and Frank Fox had both invented
and had been granted patents on similar types of games.
Fact 3: Who invented Rubik's Cube? The inventor of Rubik's Cube, Erno
Rubik, was born on July 13, 1944 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1977 Erno Rubik
married to Agnes Hegely, an interior architect and together they had four
children named Ágnes, Anna, Erno Jr, and Szonja.
Fact 5: Who invented Rubik's Cube? The early years of Erno Rubik were spent in Budapest, Hungary where he was raised by his family.
His father was Erno Rubik, a flight engineer, and his mother's name was Magdolna
Fact 6: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Erno Rubik graduated from at a
secondary arts school where he studied sculpture and completed his education at Budapest University of Technology
where he studied architecture.
Fact 7: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Following his education he taught
architecture, integrating art, design and technology in his teaching, at the
Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in
Fact 8: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Architectural design is based on
geometric structures that are built in the correct proportions. Erno Rubik
included Geometry in his courses together with the use of 3D forms in
construction. To make his classes more interesting Erno Rubik used practical
models to demonstrate the theories and ideas.
Fact 9: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Erno Rubik's models were made from
various, cheap, everyday materials including paper, cardboard, wood and plastic.
Fact 10: Who invented Rubik's Cube? In 1974 Erno Rubik built a cube as a
teaching tool to teach three-dimensional geometry and help his students
understand 3D objects. It was important that his students understood this to
enable them to resolve structural problem concerning the movement of independent
parts without the entire structure falling apart.
Fact 11: Who invented Rubik's Cube? He made a 3x3x3 twisty cube device in
which 26 cubes were turning, and twisting independently, without falling apart.
His device used 6 different colored stickers that needed to be matched together
on each face. His twisty device needed to be turned, the interrelated cubes
changed their positions and were scrambled.
Fact 12: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Erno Rubik's device looked simple to
solve but it took him well over a month to work out the solution to his teaching
tool and he realized that he had created a new puzzle game.
Fact 13: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Even without explanation the goal of
his 3-D teaching tool was self explanatory and fascinated his students and his
friends. Once people started playing with the device it was difficult to get
them to put it down.
Fact 14: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Erno Rubik realized that he had
created a really absorbing, addictive puzzle game that kept people interested
for hours. What Erno Rubik did not know at the time was the number of different
ways that the nine coloured squares could be rearranged.
Fact 15: Who invented Rubik's Cube? In later years it was estimated that
the Rubik's Cube could in fact be rearranged in 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 (43
quintillion) different ways!
Fact 16: Who invented Rubik's Cube? The remarkable puzzle game caught on
by word of mouth and was given the name "Magic Cube". It would obviously make a
good selling toy and the decision was made to get the puzzle marketed and the
puzzle game was was released for the first time in Budapest toy shops in late
Fact 17: Who invented Rubik's Cube? In
1979, Erno Rubik made a deal with a New York based company, called “Ideal Toys”
who mass produced the toy puzzle game, re-branded it and called it the ‘Rubik’s
Fact 18: Who invented Rubik's Cube? In
1980, the Rubik’s Cube made its international debut in toy fairs across the
Fact 19: Who invented Rubik's Cube? The Rubik's Cube was an instant
success and would go on to become the worlds best selling puzzle game, selling
over 350 million cubes. Everyone loved to play the game puzzle but it also had
educational qualities in VSI (Visual-Spatial Intelligence).
Fact 20: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Its educational value in VSI
(Visual-Spatial Intelligence), The puzzle game helped to develop skills in
relation to strategy, memorization and logistics and improved concentration and
problem solving techniques.
Fact 21: Who invented Rubik's Cube? Despite the success of the puzzle
game Erno Rubik returned to his career in teaching in 1990 when he became
president of the ‘Hungarian Engineering Academy’.
Fact 22: Who invented Rubik's Cube? In 2009, Erno Rubik was awarded the
European Union ‘Ambassador of the Year of Creativity and Innovation’. Erno Rubik
will always be remembered as the man who invented the puzzle game that
fascinated the world.