Günter Schwanhäußer, inventor of the STABILO BOSS highlighter pen, died on Friday 12 September at the age of 86 following a brief illness. In the more than fifty years of his professional career from 1950 to 2003, the pen pioneer made an enormous contribution to the global expansion of the company Schwan-STABILO, which has been family owned since 1865. His attitude was pragmatic: “The best thing is to knuckle down and get the job done”.
With entrepreneurial vision, he made successful decisions that still shape the company today. The down-to-earth entrepreneur Günter Schwanhäußer landed his greatest coup in 1971 when he launched the first highlighter with fluorescent neon yellow ink on the market. His invention has significantly changed the way people use texts and more than two billion units have been sold to date. He was inducted into the List of Inventors of the 20th Century for this achievement.
He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1986 for his volunteer work in numerous cultural and social areas. For many years he was Honorary British Consul and in 1995 was awarded the “Order of the British Empire”. In the past decade, the passionate hunter and horse lover devoted his attention to a number of honorary offices, particularly an ecological project in Croatia which he personally initiated.
Dirk Schwanhäußer, Chairman of the company’s Advisory Board, expressed with great sadness: “With the passing of Günter Schwanhäußer, we have lost an exceptional personality”.