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Gottlieb Daimler (March 17, 1834 - March 6, 1900)[1] was a German mechanical engineer and automobile pioneer. He, along with fellow engineer Wilhelm Maybach, invented the first high-speed internal combustion engine.[2]

He is also the founder of the company Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. This company went onto manufacture the first Mercedes automobile.[3]

[edit] History

In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler, and his engineering partner Wilhelm Maybach, devised what is today regarded as the prototype of the modern gas engine.[4] Daimler was attempting to improve upon an engine design by Nicolaus Otto, who was an employer of Daimler—he was technical director of a company co-owned by Otto, Deutz Gasmotorenfabrik.[5]

The first engine created by Daimler was small, lightweight, and fast, and featured a gasoline-injected carburetor and vertical cylinder. In 1886, Daimler modified a stagecoach to test his engine in a vehicle—and in doing so, designed the world’s first four-wheeled automobile.[6] He has also been credited with producing the world’s first motorcycle.[7]

Daimler made another significant contribution in 1889 when he invented a v-slanted, two-cylinder, four-stroke engine.[8] That same year he also built and manufactured the first automobile from the ground up.[9]

In 1890 Daimler founded a company, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, to manufacture his various designs, this includes the first Mercedes automobile.[10]

Gottlieb Daimler died on March 6, 1900.[11]

[edit] References

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