Theodor Kober


Theodor Kober (born 13 February 1865 in Stuttgart; died 20 December 1930 in Friedrichshafen)[1] was a twentieth-century German aviation engineer who contributed to the building of the first Zeppelin.[2]


As an engineer Kober had worked for a balloon manufacturer and in the 1890s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin enlisted him to produce designs for his airship concept. After several years he and Zeppelin produced the design for the Zeppelin LZ1. Later, in 1912 he founded the Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH[1] with financial support from Zeppelin to build over 40% of the Imperial German Navy seaplanes during World War I.[3]

His daughter Ilse Essers was a German engineer who established essential foundations in the field of aeronautical engineering.[4]


  1. ^ a b Luftschiffer (2004). "Kober". Pilot und Luftschiff. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  2. ^ Hirschel, Ernst-Heinrich; Horst Prem; Gero Madelung (2004). Aeronautical Research in Germany: From Lilienthal Until Today. Springer. pp. 27–28. ISBN 3-540-40645-X.
  3. ^ "Zeppelins Flieger" (in German). Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. 2006. Archived from the original on October 9, 2006. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Dr.-Ing. Ilse Essers | Autoren/Autorinnen | Weishaupt Verlag". Retrieved 2020-06-23.