Gottlieb Daimler
Gottlieb Daimler (ˈɡɔtliːp ˈdaɪmlɐ; March 17, 1834 – March 6, 1900) was an engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

, industrial design
Industrial design
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er and industrialist born in Schorndorf
Schorndorf is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located c. 26 km east of Stuttgart. Its station is a the terminus of line S2 of the Stuttgart S-Bahn....

 (Kingdom of Württemberg
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, a federal state of the German Confederation
German Confederation
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), in what is now Germany. He was a pioneer of internal-combustion engines and automobile
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 development. He invented the high-speed petrol engine
Petrol engine
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 and the first four-wheel automobile.

Daimler and his lifelong business partner Wilhelm Maybach
Wilhelm Maybach
Wilhelm Maybach was an early German engine designer and industrialist. During the 1890s he was hailed in France, then the world centre for car production, as the "King of constructors"....

 were two inventors whose goal was to create small, high-speed engines to be mounted in any kind of locomotion device.