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Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel

(1858-03-18)18 March 1858
Paris, Second French Empire
Died 29 September 1913(1913-09-29) (aged 55)
Cause of death Unknown
Resting place North Sea
Nationality German
Occupation Engineer, inventor, entrepreneur
Employer Sulzer, Linde, MAN AG, Deutz
Known for Inventing the Diesel engine
Spouse(s) Martha Flasche
Children 3
Parent(s) Elise Diesel, Theodor Diesel
Awards Elliott Cresson Medal (1901)
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Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (March 18, 1858September 30, 1913) was a German engineer and inventor. His best known invention is Diesel engine. He was born in Paris and died on the English Channel.

He had the idea to develop an engine which relied on a high compression of the fuel to ignite it. With this he could do without a spark. The technique with a spark was developed by Niklaus Otto. The engine based on this is called internal combustion engine.

In 1892 he got a patent for the engine.

He got a lot of money from licensing his invention.

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