Fein, Wilhelm Emil

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Fein, Wilhelm Emil Gender: M
born on 16 January 1842 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Ludwigsburg, Germany, 48n53, 9e11
Timezone LMT m9e11 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 25°35' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 12°54 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 09°53'

Wilhelm Emil Fein


German electrical engineer, industrialist and inventor who designed the first portable (hand-held) electric drill in 1895. (The first electric drill, a stationary device used in mining, was invented by Scottish-born Arthur James Arnot in Australia in 1889).

He co-founded the company C. & E. Fein in Karlsruhe with his brother Carl in 1867, which they moved to Stuttgart in 1870.

In 1879 Fein received a patent for a phone with a horseshoe magnet and in 1885 another for a military phone - this was the first portable phone in the world. In 1888 he published his book Electrical Appliances, Machines and Devices.

In 1891 Wilhelm Emil Fein received the Württemberg State Medal for Art and Science. He died in Stuttgart on 6 October 1898 at age 56.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided Lutheran birth and baptism entry (1842, page 265, no. 8).


  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Engineer : Electrical
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (First portable electric drill)