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Oscar Guttmann

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Oscar Guttmann (1855-1910)

1911 Obituary [1]

OSCAR GUTTMANN died, from injuries received in a motor-cab accident, in Brussels on the 2nd August, 1910.

Born in 1855, he was recognized as an authority on all matters connected with explosives, and had contributed extensively to the literature of the subject. He successively held appointments in various explosives works in Austria, the first as far back as 1878, when he entered the dynamite works at St. Lambrecht.

In 1881 he erected gun-cotton works in Budapest, and three years later became Manager of the Nobel Dynamite Works at Isleten and subsequently at Avigliana. These important works he entirely rebuilt, and enlarged with valuable innovations and improvements.

He established himself as a consulting engineer in London in 1888, and erected explosives works at Hayle, Cornwall, acetone works at Waltham Abbey, Woolwich, Clapton and Manchester, and also a large number of chemical works in the United Kingdom, Europe and America.

Mr. Guttmann was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 1st April, 1890, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 30th January, 1900.

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