Gottlieb Daimler was engineer, industrialist, and designer from German. He was born in Schorndorf on 17 March 1834. He died on 6 March 1900. He was known as inventor of combustion engine and four-stroke model. He developed the base engine using liquid petroleum as fuel.
He and Wilhelm Maybach was lifelong partner in business. Both designed vertical cylinder with internal combustion technology for two-wheeler. After that, he established Daimler Motors as pioneer in modern vehicle production. Today, this company is still prominent manufacturer in automotive industry.
Early Education and Life
Gottlieb Daimler lived in town called Schorndorf, Wuttenberg. His family owned bakery business and his father was Johannes Daimler. He studied in local elementary school and completed in 1847.
He continued under master gunsmith in 1952. He started to learn about mechanical engineering then went to school in Stuttgart. He also attended Stuttgart’s Polytechnic Institute in order to hone his skills and grasp more about the steam locomotive mechanism.
He went to Paris and England in 1861. He worked in several firms and trained more about machinery. He also visited exhibition during his time in London.
Grandfather Clock Engine
He worked in company that could apply his skill. After that, he retired and went to Cannstatt. He opened his own shop, and Maybach joined later. Both experimented and expanded machinery for better utilization.
They created carburetor that’s capable to operate under gasoline as fuel. The engine used displacement 100cc. He called it as Grandfather clock engine because it looked like pendulum in old clock. The name was based his clock from his grandfather possession.
Karl Benz developed automobile and received patent. On the other side, Daimler expanded that vehicle to be more powerful. He and Maybach used rear wheel model with dual-ratio belt to support drive.
Both brought model from America and installed 1.1hp engine. The vehicle was ready with four-wheeled model using advanced version of clock engine technology. This was the first automobile which are known today.
Their engine was mostly for boat. Increased sale gave opportunity to expand the factory. Daimler bought land at Seelberg hill in Cannstatt. The place could handle more employees and machineries.
Gottlieb Daimler expanded the first automobile into production. Daimler Motor was founded in order to produce and sell more vehicles. He still partnered with Maybach, especially for developing new product.
The company had several successes in market, including in the war era. However, he and Maybach also had resistance related to shareholder. He stepped down from direct involvement while kept the major share. He later pursued his passion to develop independent car.
Legacy and Honor
His name was considered the great inventor, particular in automotive field. Daimler Motors produce many vehicles since the first factory was established. Until now, people recognize this company as a part of holding with Mercedes Benz.
His legacy was contribution to four-stroke model in automotive engine. He involved in development for vehicle that’s safe and reliable for daily driving. Gottlieb Daimler also contributed in philanthropy activity. Today, his company still produces vehicles with advanced and sophisticated specifications.