Gottlieb Daimler was born on 17 March 1834 in Schorndorf. After successfully completing an apprenticeship as a gunsmith he studied mechanical engineering at Stuttgart Polytechnic College. In late 1863 he took on the job of shop inspector at an engineering works in Reutlingen. Here, he made the acquaintance of Wilhelm Maybach in 1865. In 1872, he joined Gasmotorenfabrik Deutz as technical manager. There, he gained an intimate knowledge of the four-stroke principle of Nikolaus August Otto. In 1882, Daimler left the company and set up an experimental workshop in the greenhouse of his villa in Cannstatt. Together with Maybach he achieved the ultimate breakthrough, the construction of a compact, lightweight internal combustion engine, the so-called "grandfather clock", in 1884. The basis for the installation in a vehicle had been created! Daimler needed capital and founded the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft with the participation of financially strong supporters Max Duttenhofer and Wilhelm Lorenz in 1890. But Duttenhofer wanted to build stationary engines, while Daimler was intent on vehicle production. The dispute was pre-programmed. Maybach parted ways with the company and Daimler resorted to cunning: both kept on designing engines whose patents, however, were all in the name of Maybach. Later Duttenhofer and Lorenz also eliminated Daimler as a shareholder. In 1895, when English industrialist Frederick Simms offered around 350,000 German Marks for the licence rights to the Phoenix engine designed by Maybach, Daimler and Maybach were able to return to the DMG. The return of Daimler and Maybach caused an unprecedented upturn of business at DMG. Maybach becomes the technical director, Gottlieb Daimler the expert advisor and inspector general on the supervisory board. On 6 In March 1900 Daimler passed away as a result of a heart condition.