He was a third-class patent examiner due to his lack of a Doctoral degree. He had not finished in the top half of his class, and had failed at finding teaching work at the Gymnasium level. The humility of his trajectory, along with the constant examination of the challenges addressed by highly finite patented innovations played some role relative to the grandeur and abstraction for which he is later known.
- Walter Isaacson: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Da Vinci & Ben Franklin | Lex Fridman Podcast #395
|Tech areas||electromechanical devices|
|Affiliations||Swiss patent office|