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Gustaf Ekman

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Gustaf Ekman (c1804-1876)


1876 Obituary [1]

IT is with regret we have to record the death of Mr. G. Ekman, by which Sweden loses one of her most eminent men. Mr. Ekman died at his works, Langbanshyttan, Wermland, on the 3rd inst., at the age of nearly 72 years, and from a notice in the Swedish paper Dagbladet we extract the following.

"Having studied at Upsala University and at the School of Mines at Fahlun, he visited the Continent and England in 1828-29 in order to study ironmaking at their works.

"He brought home a perfect knowledge of the English 'open hearth' process for conversion of pig iron into wrought iron, and introduced it at several of the Swedish works where it has become known as the 'Lancashire' process. He served as director at the Board of Swedish Iron masters from 1830 to 1836, when he left their service to manage his own iron works.....[more]


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