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Peter Von Rittinger (1811-1873)
1873 Obituary 
A few months ago Austria lost one of her ablest mining and mechanical engineers, the Councillor Peter von Rittinger, who died at Vienna on the 7th of December last.
His name is connected with a great number of inventions of mining machinery, by which it became known far over the borders of Austria. His improvements in large mine pumps, turbines, high pressure fans, as wen as his side-blow percussion tables, self-acting continuous jiggers, and self-acting classifier for dressing ores, found a widespread application, both in Europe and America.
P. von Rittinger was born at New Titschein, in Moravia, in 1811, and after he bad passed through the grammar school and University of Olmutz, he studied for two years at the celebrated mining academy of Schemnitz, in Hungary.
He was subsequently employed in the Government service at the silver and copper mines of Schemnitz, in 1849 as superintendent of the coal mines at Brandeisl, in Bohemia ; in 1849 he was chief engineer of the famous silver mines of Joacbimstbal, and in 1850 he became councillor of the Mining Department at Vienna....[more]