(1858 - 1913)
Born in Paris of Bavarian parents, Diesel studied at Munich
Polytechnic. He began his career as a refrigerator engineer.
For ten years he worked on various heat engines, including a
solar-powered air engine. Diesel's ideas for an engine
where the combustion would be carried out within the
cylinder were published in 1893, one year after he applied
for his first patent.
The diesel engines of today are refined and improved
versions of Rudolf Diesel's original concept. They are often
used in submarines, ships, locomotives, passenger cars, large trucks and in
electric generating plants.