Titel: Werner von Siemens
Autor/en: Johannes Bähr
1816-1892. A Biography.
Übersetzt von Patricia C. Sutcliffe
16. Oktober 2017 - gebunden - 575 Seiten
Werner von Siemens counts as one of the pioneers of modernity and was one of the most important entrepreneurs in German history. He contributed to transforming people's everyday lives with fundamental innovations in the field of communications and energy technology. With his brothers, he laid the foundation for a global company, from which the modern-day Siemens Corporation derives. Johannes Bähr paints a fascinating picture of this extraordinary man, the son of a tenant farmer, who rose to become one of the most influential figures of the 19th century. At the same time, a panorama emerges of an epoch in which the world changed more rapidly than ever before.Werner von Siemens' success was not only economic; he was also one of the first industrialists to recognize the connection between scientific research and economic development. His innovations, above all the pointer telegraph and the dynamo machine, opened up new applications for electricity: in conveying messages, generating energy, the illumination of buildings, and the propulsion of machines. Yet the pioneer of the electronics industry was also a man with many sides: an entrepreneur and inventor, officer of the Prussian military, brother and responsible paterfamilias, as well as a political representative and promoter of science. With Werner von Siemens' biography, Johannes Bähr provides insights into a century in which the world was fundamentally transformed. Wars, revolutions, kings, and tsars influenced the career of this inventor-entrepreneur, who, among other things, was responsible for the laying of telegraph cables to North America and the Middle East and for building the first electric streetcar in the world.
Origins, childhood, and youth
A family with a bourgeois heritage Idyllic childhood and troubled youth School years
Setting the course early on
The young lieutenant The tragedy of Menzendorf Separate paths for the orphans
The damned money
Initial experiments Invention speculation Legal guardian for three brothers
Halske s Workshop
To bet it all The first Siemens pointer telegraph The founding of the company
Telegraph lines for Prussia
In times of revolution and war The first long-distance lines Unsuccessful abroad The Nottebohm crisis
The band of brothers Achieving love through reason Marriage and a move Russia or France? Crimean War boom
In the shadows
Mathilde s illness In search of new fields of business Difficult beginnings in London Mathilde s death
Headed for a great time
For a unified and powerful Germany A new love The dynamo machine To fade away or globalize
The Indo-European Telegraph Line Private business and family matters Transatlantic cables Siemens Brothers & Co. Ltd.
At the zenith
The businessman and his principles Lobbyist for patent protection Family life with Antonie New times: Telephones and electric lighting The first electric railways
To sustain the position achieved
Challenged by the Edison system Berlin versus London The transition to a major enterprise
The next generation A promoter of research Ennobled against his will The final years
Focused and determined in a time of change a summary
AppendicesNotes Primary sources and bibliography Image credits Index of names Index of places
Johannes Bähr is an associate professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main and has published numerous works on business history.