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Robert Bosch

AKA Robert August Bosch

Born: 23-Sep-1861
Birthplace: Albeck, Germany
Died: 9-Mar-1942
Location of death: Stuttgart, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Forest Cemetery, Stuttgart, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Inventor

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Founder of Bosch GmbH

Robert Bosch invented the electrical magneto, a device that both generates and distributes electric current, and with his business partner Siegmund Bergmann co-founded Robert Bosch GmbH in 1886. The company had modest success selling Bosch's magneto, and surged to prominence with the introduction of the high-tension spark plug in 1902, invented by Bosch employee Gottlob Honold.

Under Bosch's leadership, Bosch GmbH was known for its progressive practices, including early adaption of the eight-hour work day, higher-than-normal wages, encouraging employees' suggestions, and a policy of promotion from within. Prior to his success in Germany, Bosch came to America, where he worked in one of Thomas Edison's laboratories. Between the two World Wars he became a peace activist, and he was involved in the German resistance during Hitler's regime. Decades after its founder's death, Robert Bosch GmbH remains a prominent manufacturer of auto parts, Blaupunkt audio products, and small appliances, which are sold in more than 120 nations.

Brother: Karl Bosch (engineer)
Wife: Anna Kayser Bosch (b. 1864, m. 1887, div. 1926, d. 1949, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Paula Bosch
Daughter: Margarete Bosch
Son: Robert Bosch (d. 1921 multiple sclerosis)
Wife: Margarete Wörz Bosch (b. 1888, m. 1927, d. 1979, one son, one daughter)
Son: Robert Bosch
Daughter: Eva Bosch

    High School: Realschule Gymnasium, Ulm, Germany

    Robert Bosch GmbH Founder & President (1886-1936)
    German Ancestry

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