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The Top 100 Heroes of Western Culture
These individuals have most contributed to replacing ignorance with knowledge, savagery with civilization, disease with health, tyranny with liberty, poverty with abundance, and despair with happiness.



#78: Nikolaus Otto (1832-1891)

Nikolaus Otto (1832-1891) was a German inventor who created the four-stroke internal-combustion engine, the first engine to burn fuel directly in a piston chamber.

Prior to his invention, all engines were of an external-combustion design, and fuel was burned in a separate compartment. Otto also made the internal combustion engine mobile by using a low-voltage magneto ignition which allowed the engine to use liquid fuel.

The four-stroke cycle engine, or Otto cycle engine, is the most widely used type of engine in automobiles, large boats and light aircraft. His compact, powerful and mobile engine helps to empower millions of people



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