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Who invented the engine?


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July 25, 2009 11:46PM

Engines of various sorts have been invented over the last two or three centuries. * In 1698, English military engineer, Thomas Savery, invented and patented the first crude steam engine, based on Denis Papin's Digester (pressure cooker) of 1679. * English blacksmith Thomas Newcomen improved on Savery's invention, designing and building the atmospheric steam engine, with the help of John Calley, in 1712. Steam engines continued to be improved upon by others in the ensuing centuries. * Karl Benz started Benz & Company in 1883 in Mannheim to produce industrial engines. There, he invented and patented the two-stroke engine. Gottlieb Daimler later inspired Benz to develop a four-stroke engine suitable for powering a four-wheeled horseless carriage. Benz demonstrated the first gasoline car powered by an internal-combustion engine in Mannheim, Germany, on 3 July 1886 after patenting it on 29 January 1886. * The Diesel engine was invented by Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel, a German inventor born in France. He designed a single 3 m iron cylinder with a flywheel at its base which ran on its own power for the first time in Augsburg, Germany on 10 August 1893.