Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Diesel, Rudolf
DIESEL, RUDOLF, a German inventor, born in Paris in 1858. He studied in England and at the Polytechnic School in Munich. After his graduation he lived in Paris for a few years, acting as manager of a refrigerating company. He finally settled in Munich in 1895. After some years of experiment he successfully solved the problem of the internal combustion engine and patented his Diesel Engine (q. v.). In 1912 he delivered a series of lectures in the United States. Called the next year by the British Admiralty to consult with them in reference to his engine, his career was brought to an untimely end by drowning in the English Channel. His monograph on the Diesel Engine has been translated as “Theory and Construction of a Rational Heat Motor”.