Ernst Werner von Siemens

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Ernst Werner von Siemens (known as Werner von Siemens) (13 December 1816 – 6 December 1892) was a German inventor and industrialist. Siemens' name has been adopted as the SI unit of electrical conductance, the siemens. He was also the founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens.



Early years

Werner Siemens was born in Lenthe, today part of Gehrden, near Hannover, Germany, the fourth child (of fourteen) of a tenant farmer. He is a brother of Carl Heinrich von Siemens and Carl Wilhelm Siemens, sons of Christian Ferdinand Siemens (31 July 1787 - 16 January 1840) and wife Eleonore Deichmann (1792 - 8 July 1839). They had two more brothers, Hans Siemens (1818–1867) and Friedrich August Siemens (8 December 1828 - 24 May 1904), married and father to Friedrich Carl Siemens (6 January 1877 - 25 June 1952 in Berlin), married on 22 May 1920 in Berlin to Melanie Bertha Gräfin Yorck von Wartenburg (1 February 1899 in Klein Oels - 15 May 1950 in Berlin) (the parents of Heinrich Werner Andreas Siemens (born 28 September 1921, Annabel Siemens (born 3 May 1923), Daniela Siemens (born 31 July 1926) and Peter Siemens (born 8 November 1928).

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