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Rudolf Diesel

1858 - 1913

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Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (English: , German: [ˈdiːzl̩] (listen); 18 March 1858 – 29 September 1913) was a German inventor and mechanical engineer who is famous for having invented the diesel engine, which burns diesel fuel; both are named after him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudolf Diesel has received more than 1,427,656 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Rudolf Diesel is the 14th most popular inventor (down from 10th in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from France (down from 99th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Inventor.

Rudolf Diesel was a German engineer and inventor who is most famous for inventing the diesel engine.

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Among inventors, Rudolf Diesel ranks 14 out of 354Before him are Elon Musk, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Louis Braille, Charles Babbage, and Samuel Morse. After him are Nikolaus Otto, George Stephenson, Cai Lun, Louis Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, and John Logie Baird.

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Among people born in 1858, Rudolf Diesel ranks 7Before him are Émile Durkheim, Max Planck, Giacomo Puccini, Selma Lagerlöf, Theodore Roosevelt, and Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. After him are Georg Simmel, Gustaf V of Sweden, Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, and Christiaan Eijkman. Among people deceased in 1913, Rudolf Diesel ranks 2Before him is Ferdinand de Saussure. After him are Alfred Russel Wallace, George I of Greece, J. P. Morgan, Alfred von Schlieffen, Menelik II, Harriet Tubman, Sophia of Nassau, Lesya Ukrainka, Tobias Asser, and Tokugawa Yoshinobu.

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In France

Among people born in France, Rudolf Diesel ranks 116 out of 6,011Before him are Nicolas Flamel (1330), Pope Clement V (1264), Albert Schweitzer (1875), Philip II of France (1165), Anatole France (1844), and Saint Sebastian (300). After him are Marcel Duchamp (1887), Jacques Lacan (1901), François Rabelais (1494), Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763), Hugh Capet (940), and Jacques Chirac (1932).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Rudolf Diesel ranks 2Before him are Louis Braille (1809). After him are Louis Daguerre (1787), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Denis Papin (1647), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Nicolas Appert (1749), Louis Blériot (1872), Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), and André-Jacques Garnerin (1769).