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Baron Karl von Drais

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1869.

Baron Karl von Drais (1785-1851)

Made early velocipedes. [1]

Baron Karl Drais von Sauerbrunn (1785-1851) made the first "dandy horse", a velocifere with steerable front wheel

1785 Born in Karlsuhe

1812 Invented a device to record piano music on paper

1813/4 Invented two 4-wheeled human powered vehicles

1817 Invented a 2-wheeled human powered vehicle, otherwise called a Draisine or "hobby horse".

1822 Went to Brazil for 5 years

1827 Invented a stenograph machine using 16 characters

1851 Died penniless in Karlsruhe

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1869/04/02