A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Inventors are inspirational.  Rudolf Diesel was an inventor, engineer, and entrepreneur.  He is known for inventing the diesel internal combustion engine.  At times, he was employed by Sulzer, Linde, MAN AG, and Deutz.  He was successful, although his bank accounts did not reflect his success following his death.


Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was born on March 18, 1858 in Paris, France.  His parents had two other children.  His family moved to London, England (because they were German) when the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870.  Later, Rudolf was sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Augsburg, Germany.  In 1873, he enrolled in the Industrial School of Augsburg.  He then attended the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich.  In 1880, he graduated with honors and he went to work for his former professor Carl von Linde at his refrigeration and ice plant.


Diesel married Martha Flasche in 1883.  They had three children.  In 1890, the young family moved to Berlin to work in management of Linde’s corporate research and development.  He worked on his own inventions as well.  In 1886, Diesel published Theory and Construction of a Rational Heat-engine to Replace the Steam Engine and Combustion Engines Known Today.  Heinrich von Buz, director of a mechanical engineering company in Augsburg, gave Diesel the opportunity to work on his inventions.  Diesel obtained patents for his engine design.  He was successful.  He received the Elliott Cresson Medal in 1901. He, also, ran his engine with peanut and vegetable oil.  His engine was manufactured to use in industry and transportation.


There are questions regarding his death.  He went overboard the steamer Dresden on September 29, 1913.  Biographers have covered his life,invention, and death.  Whether suicide or murder, his legacy was made before his death this night.  Invention was his inspiration.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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