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Frans Henrik Kockum

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Frans Henrik Kockum (1840-1911)

1911 Obituary [1]

FRANS HENRIK KOCKUM died at his residence at Malmo in 1910.

He was born at Malmo in 1840, and, after completing his preliminary studies in that town, he betook himself to Germany, where he received his technical training as a mining and metallurgical engineer at the Technical High School at Hanover.

After completing his studies at the Schools of Mines at Freiberg-in-Saxony and at Leoben, in Styria, he was appointed director and manager of the Kockum Ironworks Company, Limited, in which he had a large proprietary share. He was also financially interested in Kockum's Engineering Works, Limited, both of which firms were founded by his father, Mr. Kockum, sen., in his day one of the principal magnates of the iron industry, and the son continued to devote his whole energy and ability to the development and extension of these and other important undertakings. On account of Mr. F. H. Kockum's remarkable administrative talent his advice was much in request in connection with all kinds of commercial enterprises, and he became chairman of a considerable number of other companies engaged in kindred industries.

Mr. Kockum also had a seat on the Municipal Council of Malmo, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Technical School and of the School of Navigation at Malmo. He also acted in a consulting capacity to the State Railway Department, and was frequently entrusted with business of the most highly confidential character.

Mr. Kockum was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1899.

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