He came to Dresden at age 13 to attend school there and studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden as a member of the German Student Corps Altsachsen. He was involved in the reversing of the Chicago river; his name features prominently in stories about the river reversal project. There is a medal named after him. He is buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
- Water Supply & Distribution History II - Early Years.
- American Society of Civil Engineers
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