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Sir Julius Wernher

Person  Male  Born 1850  Died 1912

Categories: Industry

Countries: Germany, South Africa

Co-founder and funder (with Alfred Beit) of the Royal School of Mines building.

Born Damstadt, Germany, came to London in 1871, and, acting as a diamond agent, went to Kimberly in South Africa. Returned to London in 1880 to run the London end of Wernher, Beit & Co (later De Beers) , the company he had formed with his friend Beit. The fortune he amassed from his gold-mining went to fund his art-collecting habit. This collection is now on public display at Ranger's House in Blackheath.

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