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Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel, was born in Paris on March 18, 1858 and died in the English Channel on September 30, 1913. Diesel was a German engineer.

Rudolf Diesel built himself a place in the history of the engine by being the inventor of the high-performance combustion engine that bears his name, the diesel engine.

The diesel engine is applicable to locomotion. This engine was presented at the international fair in Paris as the first engine that used mineral oil as a fuel and later called a combustion engine, later named after its inventor.

The diesel engine works according to the diesel cycle. It is also called a compression ignition engine.

Rudolf Diesel's career

Rudolf Diesel was the son of Bavarian immigrants, he was born in Paris. In 1870, the family had to leave France at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, and Diesel was sent to Augsburg.

Diesel was a disciple of the inventor of the refrigerator Carl von Linde since 1875 in Munich. He returned to Paris as a representative of his master's refrigeration machine company.

Between 1893 and 1897 MAN (belonging to the Krupp group) built the first engine in the world to burn vegetable oil (palm oil) under working conditions.

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers awarded the Order of Merit for their research and development on the engines with peanut oil, then they used oil for being cheaper.

He considered himself a social philosopher, although his book Solidaridad, where he describes his vision of the company, only sold 200 copies.

Death of Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel is supposed to have died on September 29 and 30, 1913 and (presumably) drowned because he disappeared from the ship that covered the route from Antwerp to Harwich in which he was traveling. A couple of days later his body was found by a ship of the coast guard. As was common at the time, they only took their belongings (identified later by their son) and the body was thrown back into the sea.

Several hypotheses about his death are handled, the first indicates that he committed suicide to be bankrupt, although his family believed that they killed him and stole his ideas. Another hypothesis indicates that German agents murdered him to prevent the spread of his inventions, given that the war was near and determined to allow anyone (France and England among them) to purchase licenses on their patents.


Published: December 6, 2017
Last review: December 6, 2017