Gottlieb Daimler

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Gottlieb Daimler

IT WAS DEAD OF on an autumn evening in 1883, yet the at the bottom of the garden of number 13 in the German spa town of Bad Cannstatt, was a of activity.

From inside the clink and rattle of machinery. another noise disturbed the air, the clatter of boots on the path as a detachment of the Royal Police Force marched up to the

The inspector rapped sharply on the and the door was opened by a portly man with a neat beard. Daimler,’ said the inspector, neighbours have laid a that they strongly you of being involved in the manufacture of banknotes. I have a warrant to your workshop.’

A few minutes later, however, the withdrew, apologising profusely, discovered that, far from a coiner, Daimler was just an who seemed to be working on some of engine. Though how he expected it to run a boiler, goodness only

What the inspector and his minions to realise, though, was that had been looking at a power that represented the culmination of a search for a self-contained motive that would supplant the engine.

Gottlieb Daimler was on the 17 March 1834, at Schorndorf, in the Valley, ‘Wurtternberg’s little of Paradise’. His father ran a bakery and bar but, from an early his son showed great interest in He graduated from the local school in 1848, and went apprenticeship with a carbine named Raithel, whose were in great demand, to the wave of revolution that was sweeping through Germany.

Four years later, passed his craft test by a pair of double-barrelled pistols rifled barrels and engraved and left gun-smithing behind him for He enrolled at the School for Advanced in the Industrial Arts at Stuttgart, Ferdinand Steinbeis.

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The course was practical, the students working at a all day and studying industrial mechanics at the every evening, as well as on mornings. In 1853, Steinbeis Daimler a job with the firm of F. and Schwilque at Grafenstaden, near the works was known as ‘the College’, because the manager, Messmer, was a former teacher at the Institute of Technology and was now devoting his to the advanced training of promising engineers.

The work was hard, the day often from 5 am well into the but Daimler thrived on it. When the began building railway in 1856, the 22-year-old Daimler was to foreman. He felt, however, he lacked sufficient knowledge of and took a two years’ leave of to study engineering design at the Poly technical Institute. He through this with a knowledge of locomotive technology and a conviction that the future lay a source other than: What he envisaged was a small, easy-to-run engine which be afforded by light industry; a perhaps of the crude gas engines were just making debut.

In the summer of 1861, Daimler from the Grafenstaden firm to his dream. After a brief to Paris, he moved to England, he spent a year working leading engineering companies, much experience in the use of machine The climax of his visit came in with a visit to the London Fair, where among the and technical exhibits were a of steam carriages. When he to Germany, Daimler’s he wanted to set up a to build machine tools and woodworking machinery such as he had in England.

For a while he worked at the Maschinen-fabrik in Geislingen, designing mills, and turbines. Then, at the recommendation of his old Steinbeis, Daimler took the management of Bruderhaus Reutlingen, an of a charitable institution founded in to combine modern industrialism a socialism based on Christian love. The Reutlingen factory machinery for paper mills, machinery and weighbridges but, the of socialism proved incapable of applied to the profitable running of a and, by 1863, the Bruderhaus was in

A fter much experimenting, Daimler’s first four-wheeled (a

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