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Adolf Bleichert

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Adolf Bleichert (1845-1901)

1901 Obituary [1]

ADOLF BLEICHERT died at Leipzig on July 29, 1901. He was born at Dessau in 1845, and received his professional education at the Industrial Academy, now the Technical High School at Berlin.

On completion of his studies he entered on Isis career as engineer, and held successive appointments at the engineering works of Bitterfeld and Schkeuditz. He gained an early reputation as pioneer of the aerial wire ropeway system, his first attempt at constructing these being undertaken in 1874.

Two years later he built works at Neuschonefeld, near Leipzig, which in 1881 were transferred to Leipzig-Gohlis, and at the same time were largely added to. Here under his direction the firm Adolf Bleichert & Co. continued to flourish until it attained its present proportions, nearly 1500 wire ropeway installations having been carried out in all parts of the world. By his unceasing activity and devotion to the interests of his profession he earned high distinction among engineers, and German engineering in particular has sustained a heavy loss by his death.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1889.

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