Drais, Karl

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Drais, Karl Gender: M
Karl Friedrich Christian Ludwig Freiherr Drais von
born on 29 April 1785 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM )
Place Karlsruhe, Germany, 49n03, 8e24
Timezone LMT m8e24 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Müller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 09°27' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 07°08 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 16°52'

Karl Drais


German inventor, who invented the Laufmaschine ("running machine"), also later called the velocipede, draisine (English) or "draisienne" (French), also nicknamed the dandy horse. This incorporated the two-wheeler principle that is basic to the bicycle and motorcycle and was the beginning of mechanized personal transport. Drais also invented the earliest typewriter with a keyboard in 1821, later developed into an early stenograph machine, and a wood-saving cooker including the earliest hay chest.

Drais died in his hometown of Karlsruhe in 1851, penniless after the Prussians had suppressed the revolution of 1849 in Baden and seized his pension completely to pay for the "costs of revolution." Drais' undoing had been the fact that he had publicly renounced his noble title in 1848, and adopted the name "Citizen Karl Drais" as a tribute to the French Revolution.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Taeger IHL quotes Arno Müller, data from country archive


  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical (inventor of various machines)