Gottlieb Daimler

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Picture of Gottlieb Daimler in the 1890's

Born: Mar 17, 1834
Died: Mar 06, 1900

About: Gottlieb Daimler was a German engineer, industrial designer and industrialist, who with his business partner Wilhelm Maybach, desiged and developed the first high speed liquid petroleum engine, the first vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine which was also the first motorcycle, the first motorboat and possibly the first airship. Gottlieb is credited by some with a patent for a forced induction system in 1885. This credit has to do with the Grandfather Clock engine, German patent DRP 34926. The engine is said to use a valve in the piston bottom that transfers the charge into the cylinder and deliver a greater volume than the work cylinder could aspirate. [1] Rumors indicate that in 1900, Gottlieb was the first to fit a Roots Supercharger on a 4-stroke engine. Daimler’s own history does not make mention of a supercharger until September 23, 1921 when at the Berlin Motor Show DMG announced the Mercedes 6/20 HP and 10/35 HP as the world’s first series built supercharged passenger cars.[2] References: 1. Charging the Internal Combustion Engine by Hermann Hiereth, Peter Prenninger. 2. history pages.


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  • Achievement: The Grandfather Clock Engine – Patent DRP No 34926

    Achieved: Apr 03, 1885

    1885, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach received a German patent (DRP No. 34926) for their engine design. This engine, nicknamed the “Grandfather Clock” will be used on the worlds first vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine – The Reitwagen.


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