Category: Allgemein

  • Gottlieb Daimler  1834 – 1900

    Gottlieb Daimler  1834 – 1900

    Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler was the son of a baker named Johannes Dauemler (Daimler) and his wife Frederika from Schorndorf near Stuttgart. When he was 14 he began studying gunsmithing, building with his teacher a double-barrelled gun.At 18 he became restless and decided to take up mechanical engineering, studying at StuttgartPolytechnic. After this he travelled throughout Europe studying the latest…

  • Mark Twain 1835 – 1910

    Mark Twain 1835 – 1910

    American novelist and humourist, born in Florida, Missouri. Worked as a printer before becoming a licenced river pilot on the Mississippi River, which served as the inspiration for his early novels of Tom ‘Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn’. He travelled extensively through Germany spending much of his time in, what is now, Baden-Württemberg, writing accounts of his…

  • Ferdinand von Zeppelin  1838 -1917

    Ferdinand von Zeppelin  1838 -1917

    Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich Graf von Zeppelin was born on July 8th 1938 in Konstanz. From an early age he was fascinated by ballooning. He travelled to America to witness their use in the peninsular campaign of the civil war and became preoccupied with the idea of guidable balloons. In 1899 he started constructing his first…

  • Karl Benz 1844 – 1929

    Karl Benz 1844 – 1929

    In 1860 at the age of 16 Karl Benz passed the entrance examination for mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, graduating in 1864. During these years, while riding his bicycle, he began to envisage concepts for a vehicle that would eventually become the Horseless Carriage.  In 1872 he married Bertha Ringer and with the aid…

  • Karl Benz  1844 – 1922

    Karl Benz  1844 – 1922

    See Karl Benz (young)

  • Wilhelm Maybach 1846 – 1929

    Wilhelm Maybach 1846 – 1929

    Wilhelm Maybach was born in Heilbronn 9th February 1846. He graduated as an engineer and entered a factory of charitable status for orphans in Reutlingen. It was here, at the age of 19, that he met Gottfried Daimler(1), who was 12 years his senior. The two became lifelong partners and friends and in 1890  they formed the Daimler…

  • Carl Julius v. Bach 1847 – 1931

    Carl Julius v. Bach 1847 – 1931

    From a humble background he became a titled University Professor. As a student he was constantly short of money and with many interruptions took him 8 years to finish his diploma. His working day began at 4 am and he managed with only 3 or 4 hours sleep. He started this habit when a school…

  • Margarete Steiff  1847 – 1909

    Margarete Steiff  1847 – 1909

    Born 24th July 1847 in Giengen an der Brenz, Margarete contracted polio as a baby and for all her life was confined to a wheelchair. She became a seamstress and began making stuffed animals based on a design she found in a magazine. Originally they sold as pincushions, but children began playing with them and in…

  • König Wilhelm II of Württemburg 1848 – 1921

    König Wilhelm II of Württemburg 1848 – 1921

    As a peace loving man, being forced to send his troops into the First World War dealt a heavy blow to King Wilhelm, a blow from which he never really recovered. In 1918, after the war was lost, he abdicated as the last German King. His resignation speech was dignified and addressed to ‘The people…

  • Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer 1864 – 1915

    Aloysius “Alois” Alzheimer 1864 – 1915

    Born Marktbreit, Bavaria 19th December 1864. Educated at the University of Tübingen. Was a psychiatrist and neuropathologist and a colleague of Emil Kraeplin. Alzheimer is credited with the first published case of “presenile dementia” which Kraeplin would later identify as Alzheimer’s disease.