| Ferdinand Redtenbacher|
| April 16, 1863, Karlsruhe, Germany|
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Andreas von Ettingshausen
Ferdinand Redtenbacher Wikipedia
Ferdinand Jakob Redtenbacher (July 25, 1809 in Steyr, Upper Austria – April 16, 1863 in Karlsruhe) is regarded as the founder of science-based mechanical engineering.
Redtenbacher, son of an ironmonger from Steyr, first went through an apprenticeship in commerce and accounting. After a short interlude as technical illustrator in the "Baudirektion" (building authority) in Linz, he attended the Polytechnikum in Vienna from 1825 until 1829. He stayed there until 1834 as an assistant to Johann Arzberger. In 1835, he accepted an invitation to become a professor at the Höhere Industrieschule in Zürich, where he taught mathematics and geometry. In 1841 he finally became professor in mechanics and mechanical engineering at the Polytechnikum Karlsruhe, and as its director between 1857 and 1862, he transformed it into a school of international standing.
Redtenbacher is regarded as the founder of scientific mechanical engineering. Working at the Polytechnikum Karlsruhe, he added a mathematical foundation to the previously empirical teaching. His students include such outstanding engineers as Karl Benz, Franz Reuleaux and Emil Škoda.Theorie und Bau der Turbinen und Ventilatoren, Mannheim 1844
Resultate für den Maschinenbau, Mannheim 1844
Theorie und Bau der Wasser-Räder, Mannheim 1846
Principien der Mechanik, Mannheim 1852
Die Luftexpansions-Maschine, Mannheim 1853
Die calorische Maschine, Mannheim
Die Gesetze des Lokomotiv-Baues, Mannheim 1855
Das Dynamiden-System, Mannheim 1857
Der Maschinbau, Mannheim 1862