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Ferdinand Korn

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Ferdinand Korn (1837-1871)


1872 Obituary [1]

FERDINAND KOHN was born on 23rd May 1837 in Neu Schloss, Bohemia, where his father was a manufacturer of textile fabrics.

After studying at the Academies and Polytechnic Institute in Vienna, he spent about a year and a half in the locomotive shops of the South Austrian Railways, and in 1859 settled in London in connection with the late Mr. Andrew Shanks, with whom he remained for some years.

In 1862 he was appointed to report to the Austrian Government upon the machinery exhibited in the London International Exhibition of that year.

In 1865 be became actively engaged in introducing the Bessemer process upon the Continent, especially in Austria, and was thus led to make a special study of the iron and steel manufacture.

He also devoted much attention to the manufacture of sugar from beetroot, in connection with which he was instrumental in promoting the success of M. Robert's diffusion process.

After the Paris Exhibition of 1867 he was for a long time occupied in the design and erection of works in Austria and France for carrying out the Siemens-Martin process. In connection with professional literature he was the author of many articles upon the metallurgy of iron and steel, and upon beet sugar manufacture; and also published in 1869 a work upon the iron and steel manufacture.

His death took place in London on 2nd May 1871 in the thirty-fourth year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1869.


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