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Old 08-29-2002, 10:50 AM
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Diesel Biography

Fpr anyone interested in Rudolph Diesel, this was in my last issue of the free computer/technology newsletter "Newsscan Daily"

Today's Honorary Subscriber is the German thermal engineer Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), who invented the internal combustion engine that bears his name. Diesel was also a distinguished connoisseur of the arts, a linguist, and a social theorist.
The son of German-born parents, he grew up in Paris until the family was deported to England in 1870 following the outbreak of the Franco-German War. From London he was sent to Augsburg, his father's native town, to continue his schooling. There and later at Munich's Technical High School he established a brilliant scholastic record, also becoming a protégé of the refrigeration engineer Carl von Linde, whose Paris firm he joined in 1880.
More interested in engines than refrigeration, Diesel devoted much of his time to the self-imposed task of developing an efficient internal combustion engine, experimenting with anexpansion engine using ammonia. About 1890, when he moved to a new post with the Linde firm in Berlin, he conceived the idea for his engine and in 1892 obtained a German development patent. The high efficiency of Diesel's engine, together with its comparative simplicity of design, made it an immediate commercial success, bringing royalty fees that made its inventor a very wealthy man.
For the remainder of his life Diesel sought to introduce the diesel engine throughout the world. Diesel originally conceived the diesel engine to enable independent craftsmen and artisans to compete with large industry, and his determination to expand his engine's use was driven as much by this social concern as any need to increase profits.
In 1913, at sea in the English Channel, Diesel apparently fell from the deck of the mail steamer Dresden en route to London and drowned.
The diesel engine has become an increasingly important source of power in manufacturing and transportation. His engines are used to power pipelines, electric and water plants, automobiles and trucks, and marine craft, and are used in mines, oil fields, factories, and transoceanic shipping.

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Old 08-29-2002, 02:14 PM
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Diesel was very wealthy but he could never hold onto his money. Infact he spent the greater portion of his later life in psuedo-povertly situations (like Mozart) and died that way. Some think that he commited suicide instead of it being an accident.

Rudolf was definately a genius, but I recall that even though the diesel concept was unprecidented, he based his designs on the theories of another late scientist (who's name I cant immediately recall, but if you need I'll looki it up) in thermodynamics who set down severl rules that govern the efficiency of an internal combustion engine. Started with a "C" I think...Any help?

P.S. Great book too!

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