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Werner von Siemens : inventor and international entrepreneur

Author: Wilfried Feldenkirchen
Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©1994.
Series: Historical perspectives on business enterprise series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Werner von Siemens (1816-92) is best known in the English-speaking world as an inventor and pioneering electrical engineer. While previous studies have concentrated on his work as a scientist and technician, this biography, the first in a three-volume history of the Siemens corporation, focuses on his life as a businessman. Siemens was not only a successful inventor but also an entrepreneur with a broad and
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Feldenkirchen, Wilfried.
Werner von Siemens.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)624458267
Named Person: Werner von Siemens; Werner von Siemens; Werner von Siemens; Werner von Siemens; Werner von Siemens
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wilfried Feldenkirchen
ISBN: 0814206581 9780814206584 081420659X 9780814206591
OCLC Number: 30892759
Description: xxv, 203 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The German Economy in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century --
2. Werner von Siemens's Early Years --
3. The Founding of the Enterprise and the First Period of Expansion: 1840s to Mid-1860s --
4. The Enterprises of the Siemens Brothers to 1889 --
5. Werner von Siemens's Conception of Himself as a Businessman --
6. Further Expansion of the Siemens Concern: 1890 to World War I.
Series Title: Historical perspectives on business enterprise series.
Other Titles: Werner von Siemens.
Responsibility: Wilfried Feldenkirchen.
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Abstract:

Werner von Siemens (1816-92) is best known in the English-speaking world as an inventor and pioneering electrical engineer. While previous studies have concentrated on his work as a scientist and technician, this biography, the first in a three-volume history of the Siemens corporation, focuses on his life as a businessman. Siemens was not only a successful inventor but also an entrepreneur with a broad and international business vision. Siemens first achieved success in telegraphy. His firm, Siemens & Halske, built Germany's first important telegraph line and went on to build lines elsewhere in Europe and Asia. Siemens then turned his hand to electric technology. He was instrumental in creating the conditions for the advancement of electrical technology from the experimental stage into the modern electrical industry.

Siemens combined his engineering brilliance with entrepreneurial skills to develop a business whose activities at an early stage nearly spanned the globe. Siemens held a multinational vision almost from the start. The Siemens firms were unique in that, rather than starting small then slowly growing and branching out, they were from their inception international organizations. The story of Siemens is a vital part of the history of industrialization in Europe. It will make fascinating reading for scholars and students of German history, business history, and the history of technology.

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