Pioneer of the Age of Power
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
348 Pages | 6 x 9 | 20 b&w illus.
Rudolf Diesel: Pioneer of the Age of Power is the first English-language publication of Rudolph Diesel’s biography. Authors W. Robert Nitske and Charles Morrow Wilson offer a warm and moving account of Diesel from the time of his birth in Paris in 1858 to his mysterious death in 1913. They present Diesel as he was—a man who lived, worked, and invented so far ahead of his time that the world is only now beginning to catch up to him.
“Diesel was ten years younger than Edison and Westinghouse and five years senior to Ford, yet his technological achievements must rank with theirs in relation to the production and utilization of power. Unlike the Americans, however, Diesel was much more the theoretical engineer and much less the mechanic. His career provides an interesting and contrasting case study of the inventor-entrepreneur.”—Harvard Business Review
“This sympathetic and well-written biography also illuminates the . . . times in which [Diesel] lived. . . . A worthwhile addition to both technical and general collections.”—Library Journal