18 March 1858
Rudolf Diesel, Entrepreneur, Germany
He assisted Carl von Linde in building a modern refrigeration and ice plant after graduating from the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich.
About Rudolf Diesel
German engineer who built his eponymous internal combustion engine.
He married his wife Martha Flasche in 1883.
Friends and colleagues
He and Karl Benz were both well-known Germans who made significant contributions to automobile technology.
He wasn't the first to patent an internal combustion engine, but he did make a more efficient version that was eventually used by trains and trucks.