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Otto Knaudt

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Otto Knaudt (1855-1911)

1911 Obituary [1]

Kommerzienrat OTTO KNAUDT died after a short illness at Essen on May 13, 1911. He was born on June 13, 1855, in Duisburg, where his father owned chemical works for the production of cyanide of potassium. In the same year his father removed to Essen and, associating himself with Carl Julius Schulz, founded the puddling and plate-rolling works of Schulz, Knaudt di Co. Otto Knaudt, after spending some time in his father's works, took a metallurgical course at the technical school in Stuttgart.

He then served a year in the engine and boiler-making establishment of Paulesch & Freund in Landsberg on the Warthe, and subsequently visited England and France. Returning to Germany in 1881, he entered the service of Messrs. Schulz, Knaudt & Co., which had meanwhile considerably extended its operations. On the transformation of the establishment into a limited company in 1889, he was made manager. He was connected with the German Steam Boiler Standard Commission, and chairman of the Technical Committee of the Association of German Heavy Plate Rolling-mills.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1907.

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