Karl Maybach: Important Stages in the Life of a Full-Blooded Engineer

Posted on July 06, 2004

July 6, 1879 Born in Cologne-Deutz as the first son of August Wilhelm Maybach and his wife, Bertha Wilhelmine

Attends the public Realschule (secondary school) in Cannstatt until secondary school level (1896)
1896 First practical training at Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft
November 1, 1897 Begins a two-year internship (as a “student“) at the machine factory in Esslingen
Spring 1900 Begins his studies at the Königliche Baugewerkschule, Abteilung Maschinenbau (Royal School if Construction Trades, Mechanical Engineering Division) in Stuttgart
August 1901 Completes his studies with a diploma as a Maschinentechniker (machine engineering), cumulative grade Gut (good)
1902 Moves to Berlin in order to work for Ludwig Loewe & Co. as a designer

Employed as a test engineer at Centralstelle wissenschaftlich-technischer Untersuchungen (Central Office for Scientific and Technical Experiments) in Potsdam, Neubabelsberg

Language studies in Lausanne (University) and Oxford
1904 Test engineer and assistant to his father, Wilhelm, at Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft in Stuttgart
1905-1906 Develops and conducts trial work with Wilhelm Maybach on a six-cylinder race car
September 1906 Relocates to the Société d'Atelier de Construction (design firm) in Saint-Ouen near Paris.

Develops a six-cylinder automobile engine with an output of 150 HP
November 1909 Develops the first Maybach airship engine as chief engineer
Spring 1912 Maybach Motorenbau GmbH relocates to Friedrichshafen.He follows suit by moving to Lake Constance
October 26, 1915 Marries Käthe Lewerenz in Hamburg-Altona
1917 Develops one of the world’s first high altitude aircraft engines for airplanes and airships
1917 Birth of his first daughter, Liselotte; followed by his son Walter (1920), daughters Marianne (1922) and Irmgard (1923) and another son, Günter (1927)
1919 Decides to build gasoline engines for automobiles

Begins developing high speed diesel engines
September 1921 Presents the Maybach model 22/70 PS with a 70 horsepower engine (internally referred to as “W 3”) at the Berlin Motor Show
1923 Develops the “second generation“ Maybach engine for airships (twelve-cylinder engine model VL 1)
February 16, 1924 The title of honorary doctor in engineering is conferred on Maybach by the Wuerttembergische Technische Hochschule (Technical University) in Stuttgart
Sept. 4, 1929 Friedrichshafen makes him an honorary citizen of the city
1933 Begins developing high performance engines for half-caterpillar and caterpillar vehicles
February 14, 1941 His son, Walter, dies as platoon leader of a tank division in Tunisia
April 1944 Design and research departments of Maybach Motorenbau relocate to Wangen in the Allgäu region
Sept. 12, 1946 Concludes an agreement on the construction of a 1,000 hp tank engine with the French government
September 1947 The Maybach family moves to Vernon, France, along with some 70 engineers and technicians
Mid-1951 Returns to Germany, establishes permanent residence in the house in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Dec. 31, 1952 Resigns as managing director of Maybach Motorenbau GmbH
July 6, 1954 Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz (Great Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) is bestowed on Karl Maybach
July 6, 1959 Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern (Great Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with Star) is awarded to him and he is appointed honorary professor
February 6, 1960 Karl Maybach dies in Friedrichshafen