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Donát Bánki



Donát Bánki (June 6, 1859 – August 1, 1922) was a mechanical engineer, inventor of (among many other things) the carburetor, together with János Csonka, in 1893, as the Bánki-Csonka engine. The invention is often, incorrectly credited to the German Wilhelm Maybach, who submitted his patent half a year after Bánki and Csonka.


In 1898, Donát Bánki invented the high-compression engine with a dual carburetor, an evaporation method used ever since.


The invention of the carburetor helped the development of automobiles, as previously no method was known to correctly mix the fuel and air for engines.


Some sources say that the idea of the carburetor came from a flower girl. One evening, Bánki saw her while walking home from the Budapest Technical University. She was sprinkling water onto her flowers by blowing spray from her mouth.


Bánki is also given partial credit for the invention of the Crossflow turbine.

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