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Eckenstein, Oscar Johannes Ludwig (1859-1921)

Williams, Christopher 2014. Eckenstein, Oscar Johannes Ludwig (1859-1921). Cannadine, David, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (10.1093/ref:odnb/62367)

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Eckenstein, Oscar Johannes Ludwig (1859–1921), mountaineer, was born at 29 Douglas Road, Islington, London, on 9 September 1859, the youngest of six children of Frederick Gottlieb Eckenstein (1820/21–1891), a general merchant who had fled Germany in the wake of the 1848 revolutions, and his wife, Julie Amalie Antonia Helmke (1830/31–1921). His sister was the feminist polymath and cultural historian Lina Dorina Johanna Eckenstein (1857–1931). He was educated at University College School, London, and studied mathematics and chemistry at the universities of London and Bonn. He enjoyed a professional career as a railway engineer (with the International Railway Congress Association) and, later, as an analytical chemist. He espoused radical political and social views, was intolerant of what he regarded as English snobbery and xenophobia, and enjoyed gymnastics, rowing, skiing, poetry, puzzles, and playing the bagpipes.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978019671540
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 15:24

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