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Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913) gave his name to a type of internal combustion engine which has become known as the Diesel engine. Diesel, a German who was born in Paris, patented his engine in 1892 and after five years, the firm of Krupp produced the first successful diesel.  
But some years earlier (in 1890), a British engineer, Herbert Akroyd-Stuart, had patented a similar kind of compression-ignition engine, which was effectively the prototype of the model diesel engine. The word 'diesel', however is so well-established in the English language that it is very unlikely to be placed by one so 'alien' as 'Akroyd-Stuart'. 


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