Sir Julius Wernher
Person Male Born 1850 Died 1912
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.