Happy 100th Birthday, Felix Wankel – RotaryNews.com

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Today, Aug 13, 2002 would been Falix Wankel’s birthday. Felix was the inventor of the Engine. Celebrations are taking in the German Town of Lahr

has organized a large Wankel with numerous high including a showing of many powered vehicles like the NSU Ro 80, NSU Citroen gs Bi-rotor, all series of RX-7s, the Mazda Cosmo 110s, Mazda Eunos , Mercedes Benz C111, Suzuki, and Norton motorcycles. festivities include music, about the life of Felix, receptions, and food in the best tradition!

Used by permission Alan Marr

Dr. Ing. Heinrich Wankel (1902-1988)

and Developer of the Practical

Rotary Engine – Wankel RCE

* Finished formal education school) age 19.

* 1933: Applied for on a DKM engine.

* 1936: Received

* 1951: Collaboration with NSU and Froede.

* 1957: DKM engine

* 1958: KKM engine runs.

* Honorary Doctorate from Universit�t M�nchen.

Dr. Wankel Felix Wankel was born 13, 1902 at Schillerstrasse 11 (4?) in in the Black Forest in Swabia in (Otto, Daimler, and Benz came from Swabia). He was the child of Rudolf Wankel a senior forestry official Bad. Oberfoerster, Forstassessor, and Martha Gertrud (Gerty) (1879-?).

His father was … in August by schrapnel at Dornach (Elsass in World War I as an Oberleutnant.


Wankel went to Unterprima School, but he graduated from school at the age of 19. Although the poverty of his (widowed mother in postwar meant he had to go to work and could not or follow further full-time he gained academic recognition his own time.

His first job was in 1921, stocking, and apprenticing in sales for a book publisher in Heidelberg, but devoted his energy to tinkering, after losing the sales job in in the German Depression. He opened his own that year in Heidelberg.

Wankel conceived the idea of a engine in 1924. Wankel’s attempt to obtain a patent was in for a grease turbine, but it was predated by an design from 1886. In he made drawings of the shape of the without uneven moved or rotary piston engine and of parts.

He received his first patent in (DRP 507 584). He would to be issued patents for six decades. In he applied for a patent for a DKM engine, he received in 1936.

Like middle class Germans of his ruined by the runaway inflation of the Wankel had been attracted by the and economic philosophies of national As a young man he was a member of the Hitler (where he met his wife, Emmy and then a member of the NSDAP He resigned from it in 1932 was the right idea, but there was no time to do so, because in 1933 the came into power.

lead to conflict because had exposed some corruption by the chief (Gauleiter) Wagner. He was and held in … by the Nazis for months in Lahr until an and an engineer intervened on his behalf.

By he had resettled in the Lindau Bodensee In the following years, Wankel made his way by ingenious work on valves and sealing technology for BMW, DVL, Junker, and During this time he various DKM prototypes and also pumps and compressors.

When the army invaded in 1945, his and research were dismantled by the French and he was imprisoned until

Collaboration with NSU

During the occupation, Felix Wankel secretly writing his book on the of rotary piston engines. He was to rebuild a research operation by when he interested NSU in development. lead to collaboration with Froede. head of the motorcycle program, who would ultimately the decision to adopt the KKM type.

The truly functional Wankel engine was a DKM type that ran in 1957. By May a prototype was able to run for two and produce 21 bhp. The first KKM ran on July 7, 1958.

Many had proposed rotary engine but none had pursued it for as long or as as Felix Wankel. He and NSU rigorously all technical aspects such as spark plug positioning, timing, cooling, lubrication, materials, and manufacturing tolerances.

where all others had failed, he and NSU able to succeed by combining invention and scientific engineering.

In Wankel had the good business to create Wankel GmbH his partner at the time Ernst to manage royalties. In August Wankel GmbH was sold to for 100 million DM ($26.3 million). He a research institute (TES) in / Bodensee (in 1976?) as a branch of the Institute, but exercised an option to buy it later. TES was supported by Daimler until 1993.

There is a Technische Entwicklungs between Lindau and Bregenz has some exhibits about

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Felix Wankel was an honorary doctorate degree Technische Universit�t M�nchen on 5, 1969. He received the Federation of Engineers Gold Medal in Germany’s highest civilian the Grand Federal Service in 1970, the Franklin Medal in in 1971, the Bavarian Service in 1973, the Honour Citizen of in 1981, and the title of Professor in

He declined honorary citizenship of when the city rejected his to build a boathouse with there. He set it up on the Swiss side of the partly as a satellite research (place to think), partly as a way to Swiss citizenship, partly for and partly for neutrality in case of

Wankel never possessed a license in his life. There are streets in Aalen, Dachau, Heilbronn, Neckarsulm, Oldenburg, Rottenburg, Schweinfurt, Sennfeld, (Bremen), and Zaberfeld, and a Felix-Wankel-Ring in all in Germany. Wankel’s grave


In 1986 he sold his for 100 million DM to Daimler Benz. He was active late in life, a patent in 1987 that was in Jan. 1989. After a illness, Dr.

Wankel passed on October 9, 1988, in Lindau, (ref.), where he did much of his and where Wankel R D is located some place his … in ref.).

Animal Welfare

Dr. had a strong impulse towards welfare. Since 1972 is the Felix Wankel Tierschutz Prize for Protection of Animals in maximum DM 50,000 for outstanding to limit, replace, or as much as discontinue experiments with animals. It may also be awarded for that promotes the concept of protection.

Write to Dekanat der Fakult�t der Ludwig Maximilians Veterin�stra�e 13, 80539 M�nchen, Tel: 089-2180 2512.

In or 95 it was won by Dr. Markus Stauffacher at the Institute for Animals at the University of Zurich, for in the area of animal husbandry. In it was won by Kuck and Winter for an Alternative Myograph for physiological instruction.

In 1978, the International Society for Husbandry (Internationale Gesellschaft f�r – IGN) was created the suggestion of Dr.h.c. Felix and with his support.

A quotation Felix Wankel: Wenn Tierschlachtung und Tierversuch noch unbeeindruckt bejaht, dann ist in menschlichen Entwicklung ein St�ckchen noch nicht �berwunden. If slaughtering animals or doing is still completely unimpressed, in human development a bit of Stone Age is not yet

A good German language essay about Dr-Ing. and the RCE is available.

Felix Wankel am 13. August 1902 in Lahr und starb am 9. Oktober 1988 in Er war Ingenieur und entwickelte den Wankel

Dieser unterschied sich … Pr�senz eines Drehzylinders in der Form eines gleichseitigen Dreiecks. Die Vorteile in der bestanden in Leichtigkeit, wenigen Teilen, Kompaktheit, geringen und hoher Leistung. 1954 Wankel den ersten Drehkolbenmotor, der von produziert und entwickelt wurde.

wurde er Direktor seiner Forschungseinrichtung in Lindau. Short of Noted Germans, Austrians and

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