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Wilhelm Bauer

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Wilhelm Bauer (1822-1875), submarine designer

1875 Obituary [1]

There died the other day an inventor who was not entirely unknown in engineering circles in this country. We speak of Wilhelm Bauer, the German submarine engineer, who expired lately at Munich, at the age of fifty-three. In him the now united Germany, for whose cause he fought in his younger days, has lost one of her most gifted inventors, who will now, when he is dead, receive that recognition which he strove hard during his life to deserve, but which the world was slow to accord.

Wilhelm Bauer was the son of a Bavarian sergeant-major, and saw the light on December 23, 1822, at Dillengen, near Augsburg. His education was only of a limited description, and he was at an early age apprenticed to a turner. But this occupation did not suit his ardent temperament and desire for distinction, and he entered the Bavarian artillery at the age of sixteen....[more]

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