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Short biography of Lajos Rotter Sr. (1901-1983).
Lajos Rotter’s interest in aviation became evident in his high school days, when he built elaborate aeromodels and spent his summer vacations in aircraft factories as an apprentice. His high school graduation coincided with the end of the First World War. After the war, he was enrolled in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Budapest. During his years at university, he studied broad aspects of aviation using his command of four languages. He was one of the founders of the Sportflying Association (MSrE) of the Technical University in 1921. His first book “Vitorlázórepülés” (Gliding) was published by the Hungarian Aero Association. When the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport invited designs for gliders in 1922 to a design competition, Rotter presented a design together with a fellow student István Ágotay. The design has been accepted.
His professional career more or less followed the pattern of the pre-war years, but after 1956 he was denied industrial posts. Between 1949 and 1952 he was technical director of the Hungarian aircraft repair shop Székesfehérvár. He was an acclaimed lecturer at the Technical University of Budapest in the field of precision engineering. He kept in touch with gliding and was active in several organizations promoting gliding: Hungarian Aviation Association, Aircraft Section of the Scientific Association for Mechanical Engineering, Association for Transport Sciences, Transport Museum, to name a few. After 1960, he occasionally flew in gliders abroad, but this activity of his was interrupted by a stroke that left him paralyzed. He died in 1983.