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F. W. C. Schniewind

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F. W. C. Schniewind (1861-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

F. W. C. SCHNIEWIND died at his residence in New Jersey on March 12, 1913. He was born at Bochum, Westphalia, Germany, in 1861. He was educated as a chemist and received the degree of Ph.D. at Heidelberg University.

He went to the United States when about twenty-eight years of age. He was fora short time at Cleveland, Ohio, and eventually became interested in the introduction of by-product coke-ovens in America, representing the firm of Dr. C. Otto & Co., of Dahlhausen, Germany.

His chief work, however, was the adaptation of the by-product coke-oven for the manufacture of illuminating gas as carried out in the large plant built at Everett, near Boston, about 1898. At the time of his death he was president of the German-American Coke and Gas Company and its subsidiaries — the United Coke and Gas Company, and the American Coke and Gas Company.

He was also president of the Schniewind Coke-Oven Company. He wrote numerous articles for the technical press which attracted world-wide attention. He was a member of many technical societies both in America and in Europe, including the Franklin Institute, American Gas Institute, American Institute of Mining Engineers, American Society of Testing Materials, Illuminating Engineering Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, Verein Deutscher Eisenhiittenleute, and the Society of Chemical Industry.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1896.

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