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Franz (Ritter v.) SPRUNG


Franz (Ritter v.) SPRUNG

1849-1882 Professor

Born 1815 in Krenhof bei Köflach (Styria).

1830-1837 Natural scientific, philosophic and juridical studies at Graz; judgeship assessment in Klagenfurt.
1837-1838 Practical experience in mining- and steel works near Gmünd in Kärnten (Carinthia).
1838-1840 Studies at the k.k. mining academy (k.k. Bergakademie) in Schemnitz.
1840-1842 Studies at the montanistic academy (Montan-Lehranstalt) in Vordernberg.
1842-1849 Mining- and metallurgical administrator (Berg- und Hüttenverwalter) in Jauerburg (Krain/Slovenia).
1849 Promotion to provisional and 1854 to full professorship for metallurgy at the montanistic academy (Montan-Lehranstalt) in Vordernberg respectively Leoben.
1857 Director at the metallurgical plant Donawitz, owner: Franz Mayr (v. Melnhof) respectively from 1872 on AG der Innerberger Hauptgewerkschaft.
1881 Ennoblement: Ritter von Sprung.
1882 Transfer to permanent retirement.

Died 1890 in Graz.

Field of activity

At the montanistic academy (Montan-Lehranstalt): lectures about metallurgy including practical training and administration of main excursions.

In Donawitz:

  • Improvement of welding and puddle furnaces.
  • Introduction of the Siemens-Martin process (1878).
  • Development of rolling mills.