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Ludwig Durr

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Name  Ludwig Durr
Ludwig Durr

Dr. Ludwig Durr (4 June 1878, in Stuttgart – 1 January 1956, in Friedrichshafen) was an airship designer.


Life and career

After completing training as a mechanic, Durr continued his training at the Konigliche Baugewerkschule (Royal School of Engineering). In 1898 he entered the German Navy, but was discharged at the end of the year.

Beginning in 1899, Durr worked for Ferdinand von Zeppelin. After assisting in the construction of the first zeppelin airship, the LZ 1, he himself began to construct airships and lightweight construction parts. All of the following zeppelin designs were Durr's. He was employed by the Zeppelin company until its dissolution in 1945, from 1915 on as technical director.

On 19 July 1923 he married Lydia Beck; they had two daughters and two sons.


  • Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1953)
  • Honorary doctorates from Technical Universities and Universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Tubingen and Graz
  • Honorary citizen of Friedrichshafen and Stuttgart-Echterdingen (now part of Leinfelden-Echterdingen)
  • Ludwig-Durr-Strase in Goppingen is named after him.
  • The Ludwig Durr School in Friedrichshafen, a primary and secondary school with Werkrealschule year, is named after him.
  • The high Alpine trail between the Friedrichshafen and Darmstadt huts in the Verwall Alps is named the Ludwig-Durr-Weg after him.
  • References

    Ludwig Durr Wikipedia

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