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Joseph Schlink (1831-1893)

1893 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH SCOLINK died on August 14, 1893, at Mulheim on the Ruhr. Born at Treves on July 18, 1831, he was educated at the Grammar School at Cologne, where his father was judge of the Court of Appeal. His technical training was acquired at the Carlsruhe Poly technic School, and completed as pupil in the Government ironworks at Sayn.

His first appointment was as engineer at the engine-works of Kamp & Co. at Wetter on the Ruhr. He subsequently occupied posts at works in Duisburg and in Dortmund. In 1866 he was entrusted with the technical direction of the Friedrich-Wilhelm works at Mulheim, an undertaking with which his connection continued until his death. As reserve officer he served with the Prussian army through the campaigns of 1866 and 1870.

In 1880, in conjunction with Carl Lueg of Oberhausen, he founded the now highly successful Verein deutscher Eisenhiittenleute, whose organ, Stahl and Eisen, he largely helped to bring to its present state of perfection. As a luminous and gifted writer, he published important memoirs on technical, scientific, and economic questions. His monograph on blowing-engines, published in 1880 in Glaser's Annalen, is still regarded as a valuable work of reference.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1882, and at the Dusseldorf Meeting in 1880 he contributed to the Proceedings of the Institute a useful paper on pig ironmaking in Germany.

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