Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel Facts

Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel Facts
Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (March 18, 1858 to September 29, 1913) was a German inventor and mechanical engineer. His is best known for the invention of the diesel engine.
Interesting Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel Facts:
Rudolf Diesel was born in Paris, France and was the second of three children.
His parents were Bavarian immigrants and were forced to leave Paris in 1870 when the Franco-Prussian War broke out.
They immigrated to London and Diesel was soon sent to Augsburg live with his uncle.
He attended the Konigliche Kreis-Gewerbsschule where his uncle was a mathematics teacher.
He graduated at the top of his class in 1873 and entered the Industrial School of Augsburg.
In 1875 he was given a merit scholarship by the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich.
He became ill with typhoid and was unable to graduate with his class.
After his recovery he worked at the Sulzer Brothers Machine Works in Winterthur, Switzerland while waiting for the next examination date.
In 1880 Diesel graduated with highest honors and moved to Paris.
There he worked with his former professor, Carl Von Linde, on the design and construction of a modern refrigeration plant.
In 1890 he moved to Berlin to accept the position of manager of the research department of Linde's corporation.
Diesel began working with steam and researching fuel and thermal efficiency.
A near fatal laboratory accident with an exploding engine put him in the hospital for months and left him with vision problems.
In 1886 Diesel published a paper titled Theory and Construction of a Rational Heat-engine to Replace the Steam Engine and Combustion Engines Known Today.
Diesel received several German and American patents for his new engine design.
On September 29, 1913 Diesel left Antwerp aboard a steam ship for a meeting of the Consolidated Diesel Manufacturing Company in London.
He left word that he was to be awakened at 6:15 am but his stateroom was empty, his bed had not been slept in and he was never seen alive again.
Ten days later a corpse was seen floating in the ocean and it was suspected that Diesel had committed suicide.
The diesel engine was developed further and replaced the steam engine in most applications.
Because it is far stronger than the gasoline engine, it is preferred in applications requiring high torque such as in trains and trucks.


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