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Arthur Brakenhjelm

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Arthur Brakenhjelm (c1873-1896)

1896 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR BRIKENHJELM, of Stockholm, died on January 18, 1896, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Born in Stockholm only twenty-three years ago, he was the son of the Governor of the province of Stockholm, and originally intended to enter the Swedish army. With that object in view, he was educated at the Royal Military Academy at Karlberg; but, after having been attached as a volunteer to the Royal Horse Guards, he was obliged, on the advice of his physician, to decline a commission in that regiment.

He then spent several months in practical work at the Domnarfvet Ironworks, the property of the great company (Stora Kopparbergs Bergslags Aktiebolag) of which his father was chairman. He then studied at the Schools of Mines at Freiberg in Saxony, at Paris, and at London.

He returned to Sweden in October 1895 to be married, and two weeks after his marriage he proceeded to the United States accompanied by his bride, with a view to studying the iron and steel industries of that country. He began his distressingly brief career in the United States as chemist to the Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company's Siemens-Martin Works at Worcester.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1895.

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