Otto, Nicolaus August

BORN 10 Jun 1832, Holzhausen an der Haide - DIED 26 Jan 1891, Köln
GRAVE LOCATION Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Friedhof Melaten (Lit C zwischen HWG NS und Lit H, Grabnr. 76 a/b)

Son of a farmer. He was educated for commerce and worked as a businessman in Frankfurt am Main and Cologne. After he moved to Cologne he left his job to work on small gas engines, continuing the work of Étienne Lenoir and probably of the Italians Barsanti and Matteucci.

His design was a combustion engine that burnt fuel directly in a piston chamber and was pratically usable. Together with Eugen Langen he received a gold medal at the World Exhibition of 1867.

Otto was married to Anna Grossi. They had seven children. Their son Gustav Otto was an aircraft builder. In his birthplace Holzhausen an der Haide a museum is dedicated to him.


The grave of Nicolaus Otto at the Melatenfriedhof, Köln.
Picture by Androom (16 Nov 2001)


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