Profession: Mechanical Engineer
Why Famous: Diesel is the namesake and inventor of the diesel engine, for which he created the first prototype and gained the first patent in 1893. He is also well known for the mysterious circumstances of his disappearance aboard ship in the English Channel.
- 1893-08-10 Rudolf Diesel's prime model internal combustion engine, a single 10-foot iron cylinder with a flywheel at its base, ran on its own power for the first time in Augsburg, Germany
- 1898-08-09 Rudolf Diesel of Germany patents the diesel internal combustion engine
- 1898-08-09 Rudolf Diesel obtains patent #608,845 for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine