Who was Ackermann? in The Coventry Inn Posted 4 hours ago Who was Ackermann - he of the cunning linkage that ensures a tighter turn for the inner wheel when cornering? You may not want to know but I'm going to tell you. Because I've acquired a book about his great, great, great grandson, Eric, who was a leading scientist in the development of radar in WW2, and it outlines Grandpa's story. Rudolph Ackermann was born in Saxony about 1784. He served an apprenticeship to his father a saddlemaker, but then moved to Leipzig, then Basle, then Paris, working as a carriage designer. Ah! The link with suspensions! But then he moved to London and became a printer and publisher! A man of many parts! His company became leading art dealers, and until recently was still trading in Central London. Rudolph Ackermann, 1812.