Carl Heinrich von Siemens

Carl Heinrich von Siemens (often just Carl von Siemens) (March 3 1829 in Menzendorf, Mecklenburg) - March 21 1906 in Menton, France) was a German entrepreneur, a child (of fourteen) of a tenant farmer. He is a brother of Ernst Werner von Siemens and William Siemens, sons of Christian Ferdinand Siemens (July 31 1787-January 16 1840) and wife Eleonore Deichmann (1792-July 8 1839). They had two more brothers, Hans Siemens (1818-1867) and Friedrich August Siemens (December 8 1828-May 24 1904), married and father to Friedrich Carl Siemens (January 6 1877-June 25 1952 in Berlin), married on May 22 1920 in Berlin to Melanie Bertha Gräfin Yorck von Wartenburg (February 1 1899 in Klein Oels-May 15 1950 in Berlin) (the parents of Heinrich Werner Andreas Siemens (born September 28 1921, Annabel Siemens (born May 3 1923), Daniela Siemens (born July 31 1926) and Peter Siemens (born November 8 1928).

In 1853, Carl Siemens he traveled to St. Petersburg where he established the branch office of his brothers company Siemens & Halske. Siemens had a contract for constructing the Russian telegraph network at the time.

Carl went to England in 1869, where he assisted his brother William. In the 1880s, he returned to Russia before he became the senior chief executive of Siemens & Halske after the death of his brother Werner in 1892. He resigned in 1904.

For his service to Russia, he was ennobled by Tsar Nicholas II in 1895.

External links


  • Wilfried Feldenkirchen / Eberhard Posner, The Siemens Entrepreneurs, Continuity and Change, 1847–2005, Ten Portraits, Munich, 2005.

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