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Cecil De Schwartz

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Cecil De Schwartz ( -1912)

1912 Obituary [1]

The Chevalier CECIL DE SCHWARZ died on January 12, 1912. He was born near Vienna and belonged to an old Austrian family. He studied at the Polytechnical College, Vienna, and at the Imperial Academy for Mining Engineers at Leoben in Styria.

He was then appointed engineer at some iron and steel works in Austria belonging to his family and founded by his great-grandfather at the end of the eighteenth century. Later on he became manager of a German ironworks.

In 1881 he was engaged by the Government of India to report on the financial prospects of iron working on modern principles in that country. His reports on the subject were published in the Official Gazette of India on August 5, 1882. He then erected blast-furnaces and foundries in India, trained the natives for the work, and managed the works for the Government for a period of about eight years, after which they became the property of a private company.

He then returned to Europe, where he commenced practice at Liege as a consulting engineer. He was a constant contributor to the proceedings of the Institute, to which he presented the following papers: "On the Utilisation of Blast-furnace Slag"; "On Portland Cement Manufacture from Blast-furnace Slag"; "On the Use of Oxygen in removing Blast-furnace Obstructions "; and "On the Briquetting of Iron Ores."

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890.

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