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Werner von Siemens

AKA Ernst Werner Siemens

Born: 13-Dec-1816
Birthplace: Gehrden, Germany
Died: 6-Dec-1892
Location of death: Berlin, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Stahnsdorf Southwestern Cemetery, Berlin, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Business, Scientist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Founder of Siemens AG

Military service: Prussian Army

Seeing potential profits from the recent invention of the telegraph, Werner Siemens and engineer Johann Georg Halske founded Telegraphen-Bau-Anstalt Siemens & Halske (the Siemens & Halske Telegraph Construction Company), forerunner of today's Siemens. The firm established offices in Berlin, London, Paris, St. Petersburg, and other major cities, soon became the dominant player in global telegraphy.

As much a scientist as an industrialist, Siemens also researched the atmosphere, invented an electroplating process for gold and silver, pioneered the dynamo-electric principle, designed the first electric elevator, and was the first cablemaker to use gutta-percha latex as an insulating agent for telegraph wire -- a breakthrough which allowed Trans-Atlantic telegraph cables to be laid. He was ennobled by Emperor Friedrich III in 1888, becoming Werner von Siemens.

Father: Christian Ferdinand Siemens (farmer, b. 31-Jul-1787, d. 16-Jan-1840)
Mother: Eleonore Deichmann Siemens (b. 1792, d. 8-Jul-1839)
Brother: Hans Siemens (b. 1818, d. 1867)
Brother: Sir Charles William Siemens (inventor-engineer, b. 4-Apr-1823, d. 19-Nov-1883)
Brother: Friedrich August Siemens (b. 8-Dec-1828, d. 24-May-1904)
Brother: Carl Heinrich von Siemens (Siemens executive, b. 3-Mar-1829, d. 21-Mar-1906)
Brother: Walter Siemens (b. 1833, d. 1868)
Wife: Mathilde Duman Siemens (m. 1852, d. 1-Jul-1867, two sons)
Son: Arnold von Siemens (Siemens executive, b. 13-Nov-1853, d. 29-Apr-1918)
Son: Georg Wilhelm von Siemens (Siemens executive, b. 30-Jul-1855, d. 14-Oct-1919)
Wife: Antonie Siemens (distant cousin, b. 1840, m. 13-Jul-1869, d. 1900, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Hertha Viktoria Ottilie von Siemens Harries (b. 1870, d. 5-Jan-1939)
Son: Carl Friedrich von Siemens (Siemens executive, b. 5-Sep-1872, d. 9-Sep-1941)

    High School: Katharinenschule Gymnasium, Lübeck, Germany
    University: University of Berlin (attended)

    Ennobled 1888
    Siemens Co-Founder & President (1847-89)
    Prussian Academy of Sciences
    German Ancestry

Author of books:
Scientific and Technical Papers of Werner von Siemens (1891)
Memoirs of Werner von Siemens (1892)
The Electric Telegraph (1906, posthumous)
Werner von Siemens in Letters to His Family and Friends: For a Rich Life (1953, posthumous)


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