Robert Bosch Facts

Robert Bosch Facts
Robert Bosch (September 23, 1861 to March 12, 1942) was a German engineer and inventor. The company he founded, Bosch GmbH is the world's largest supplier of automotive components and designer of home appliances.
Interesting Robert Bosch Facts:
Bosch was born in Albeck, Germany and was the eleventh of twelve children born to a prosperous innkeeper named Servatius Bosch.
His father was a liberal in his political views and was well-educated.
From 1869 to 1876, Bosch attended the Realschule (secondary-technical school) in Ulm where he admits to being bored with his subjects.
He decided not to attend the University but was apprenticed as a precision mechanic.
After completing his apprenticeship he spent several years as a journeyman and worked at several different factories.
During the winter semester of 1883-1884 he studied as a non-registered student at the Stuttgart Polytechnic and learned more about electricity.
His tutor at the Polytechnic gave him a letter of introduction to the Edison works in New York and he worked there for one year.
On November 1886 he opened the "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering" in Stuttgart, Germany.
In 1887 he made successful improvements to the magneto ignition.
He later adapted this device and solved one of the technical problems in the automotive industry.
One of his engineers, Gottlob Honold, invented the first high-voltage spark plug for use in the magneto-based ignition system.
The Bosch Company opened a sales office in the United Kingdom in 1898 and another in the United States in 1906.
In 1910 a factory was established in the United States.
Bosch continued to make improvements to motor vehicles and in 1927 invented diesel fuel injection.
He continued to modernize his companies and by the 1930s it was a multinational corporation.
Bosch was a liberal and keenly advocated for social responsibility and believed in opportunities for women.
He was quoted as saying, "Never forget your humanity, and respect human dignity in your dealings with others."
He was the first to institute the eight hour work day.
He refused to profit from the sale of arms and donated several million Deutsch marks to charity.
During the 1920s and '30s he worked for peaceful reconciliation between Germany and France.
During World War II he did make arms for the German government.
Today Bosch is the major supplier of automobile parts and other products as diverse as medical equipment and home appliances.


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