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Christian Philip Max Maria von Weber

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Christian Philip Max Maria von Weber (1822-1881)

1881 Obituary [1]

. . . son of the celebrated composer . . . he was appointed one of the leading engineers to the Chemnitz-Riese railway . . . came to England, and worked for a year under Stephenson and Brunel. When he returned from England in 1845 he was commissioned by the French Government to report on the condition of North Africa and its adaptability fcr emigration. . . . On reaching Germany he undertook the management of the Erzgebirge railway; and he was called in 1850, as Technical Referee, into the Saxon Ministry for Public Works. . .

1881 Obituary [2]

Celebrated for his career in railway engineering. He was the only son of the celebrated musical composer, Carl Maria von Weber, who died in London in 1826, leaving his son, only four years of age.

After being educated at the Dresden Polytechnic School, young Weber acquired a practical knowledge of engineering in the great locomotive works of Bursig, at Berlin. After this he visited similar establishments in Germany, Belgium, France and England.

In this country young Weber was employed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and George Stephenson.

In 1850 he entered the government service of Saxony, where he stayed until 1870. In that year he was appointed a Privy Councillor in the Ministry of Commerce at Vienna. In 1878 be entered the Prussian service, in similar position.

Baron von Weber had attained a considerable name in the literature of his own country, not only as the author of an excellent biography, which has been translated into several European languages, but also as the writer of a number of valuable works on railways and other departments of engineering.

Baron von Weber was deputed quite recently by the Prussian Government to make a report on the canal system of England, and visited this country less than two years ago for the purpose of inspecting the principal works of that class, and acquiring the materials for his report at first hand.

The principle works of the deceased are

  • The Technical Side of Railway Traffic,
  • John Cockerill's Portfolio,
  • The School of the Railway System,
  • Insurance of Railway Passengers,
  • The Labour and Endurance of Railway Employees,
  • The Telegraphic and Signalling System,
  • Legal Liabilities of Railways and Companies.

Baron von Weber had made an official inspection of the railways of the United States, on behalf of the present Government, last year, and only presented his report on this subject to the Prussian Minister of Commerce two days before he died.

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