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Theodor Peters

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Theodor Peters ( -1908)

1908 Obituary [1]

THEODOR PETERS died in Berlin on September 2, 1908. He was born at Menden, near Siegburg, and received his education in Berlin.

After completing his studies at the Gymnasium he attended the Royal Technical Institute, and then took up a responsible position in Siegen—first as junior engineer and then as partner—in the present Maschinenbau-Actiengesellschaft.

The deceased gentleman was the Director of the Society of German Engineers, the largest engineering society in the world. During the greater part of his connection with the Society, extending over a period of twenty-five year; he was responsible for the conduct of the Zeitschnft des Vereines Deutscher Ingenieure, and the prosecution of systematic researches on points of mechanical and engineering interest.

Besides the editorship of the Zeitschrift, which had a circulation of 27,000 copies, he had also to devote himself to the many-sided work of the Society in other directions. Under his management the names on the roll of membership increased from 4000 to 23,000, whilst, at the same time, the funds have risen from 21,000 marks to about 14,000,000 marks. He also devoted himself to the development of technical education and the reform of the German primary schools. By his death the world loses one of the ablest and most influential of technical journalists.

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

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