Diesel

1990 WX1. Discovered 1990 Nov. 18 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (1858-1913), German thermal engineer, who devoted much of his time to developing an internal combustion engine that would approach the theoretical efficiency of the Carnot cycle. In 1892, this led to the invention of the so-called "Diesel engine". In 1913 he apparently fell from the deck of a mail steamer en route to London and drowned. (M 35493)

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