Culture Global Presents
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
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