Gottlieb Daimler and his inventions

Essay by Ian MeadeA+, February 1996

download word file, 6 pages 4.1

Downloaded 55 times

Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler was born March 17, 1834 in the Kingdom of Württemburg. Gottlieb was a German inventor and engineer who made significant contributions to the Automotive Industry.

Gottlieb Daimler was a man of the frontier, stretching in every sense beyond boundaries. His family had lived in the village of Schorndorf for nearly two centuries. For four generations the family had been very good bakers. Gottlieb's father, Johannes, owned a bakery and a wine shop. His uncle, Heinrich, was Schorndorf's chief architect. As you can see the Daimler family was an important part in the village's history.

Gottlieb had a pleasant and uneventful childhood. He was very talented in math and a civil service career was planned for him until the Revolutions of 1848, when his father decided apprenticeship to a local carbine manufacturer would make a better lifestyle for his son in the future. Gottlieb finished the apprenticeship, but he didn't like making guns.

At age 18, he moved to Stuttgart and met Ferdi Steinbeis, a civil official that helped Gottlieb. Ferdi helped Gottlieb by getting him a job building railway cars. When he was 22 he was offered a position as a foreman. But Gottlieb thought he didn't have the right amount of training for that position. He then took a leave of absence to study at Stuttgart Polytechnikium. While he was at Stuttgart he built a solid engineering background. He owes much of his success to Steinbeis and the government-sponsored programs arranged for him to study. Gottlieb didn't know right away what type of engineering he wanted to specialize.

By 1860,Gottlieb had completed all of his studies in Stuttgart and returned to his job, which he did not want to do anymore. While his studies increased his background on many power sources,he came upon the conclusion that...