William Dent Priestman, Oil Engine Pioneer and Inventor—His Engine Patents 1885–1901

@article{Cummins1986WilliamDP,
  title={William Dent Priestman, Oil Engine Pioneer and Inventor—His Engine Patents 1885–1901},
  author={C. Lyle Cummins and James Dent Priestman},
  journal={Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy},
  year={1986},
  volume={200},
  pages={69 - 80}
}
  • C. L. Cummins, J. Priestman
  • Published 1 May 1986
  • Engineering, History
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy
William Dent Priestman (1847–1936) patented in 1885 an internal combustion engine to burn fuels heavier than petrol. Introduced in 1886, it was the first commercially successful engine of its type in the United Kingdom. The biographical paper covers Priestman's engine patents and technical accomplishments as well as business ventures. An assessment of his place in the early history of the development of the internal combustion engine, after 100 years, is discussed.