Edmund Rumpler, born 4 January 1872, in Vienna, Austria, deceased 7 September 1940, in Züsow, near Wismar, was an Austrian automobile and aircraft designer, working mainly in Germany. He was automotive engineer by training, and worked in that field until 1907.
He continued working with automobiles, and after the First World War, he applied aircraft streamlining to a car, building the Tropfenwagen (German, "drop car"), a production model becoming a sensation at the 1921 Berlin Auto Show. Related efforts, in the automotive field continued, though his Tropfenwagen was not a commercial success, only 100 Tropfenwagen were built, and just two of which survive.
He did return to aircraft.
Because he was Jewish, Rumpler was imprisoned after Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, his career being thereby ruined. Though he was soon released, he died in 1940, with the Nazis destroying his records.
It is mainly in his manufacture of a variant on the Etrich Taube that he concerns us. More on his manufacturing can be found on Rumpler-Werke A.-G.. in Berlin-Johannisthal and Rumpler-Werke G.m.b.H. in Berlin-Johannisthal, and information regarding the Taube production in particular may be found at Luftfahrtzeugbau Gessellschaft Ing. Edmund Rumpler.
Luftfahrtzeugbau Gessellschaft Ing. Edmund Rumpler is inclusive of further biographical material.
(It may that, in keeping with his formal training, he was a first rate automotive engineer, and that its was indeed primarily in his administrative an corporate roles that he played a major part in aeronautics. As an individual he filed few patents, if more than one, within our field of study.)
Patents whose inventor or applicant is Edmund Rumpler
- Patent DE-1918-416009 (English title: Airplane, Filing date: 1918-10-17)
Publications by or about Edmund Rumpler
- Rumpler, 1908, Die Lenkvorrichtungen bei Flugmaschinen (Simple title: The steering devices on flying machines, Journal: Ill. Aër. Mitt.)
- Rumpler, 1909, Jahrbuch der Automobil- und Motorboot-Industrie, von Ernst Neuberg (Simple title: Yearbook of the Automobile and Motorboat Industry, by Ernst Neuberg, Journal: Ill. Aër. Mitt.)
- Publication B2p1163e20, 1914, The Rumpler military monoplane (Simple title: The Rumpler military monoplane, Journal: Scient. Amer. Suppl.)
Rumpler-Werke G.m.b.H. in Berlin-Johannisthal, E. Rumpler Luftfahrzeugbau G.m.b.H. and to a lesser extent Rumpler-Werke A.-G. in Berlin-Johannisthal, contain the aero patents filed under these corporate designations. There are are other corporate designations as well. These matters are being clarified.
|Birth date||4 January 1872|
|Death date||7 September 1940|
|Occupations||Engineer, Entrepreneur, designer and manufacturer, automobile engineer, designer, manufacturer|
|Tech areas||automobile, Industry, Biplane, Monoplane, Reconnaissance, Military|