The New International Encyclopædia/Engerth, Wilhelm, Baron

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ENGERTH, Wilhelm, Baron (1814-84). An Austrian engineer, brother of the preceding. He was born at Pless, Prussian Silesia, studied architecture at the Polytechnic Institute and at the Academy of Arts, Vienna, and in 1844 was appointed professor of mechanical engineering at Gratz. He is inventor of the ‘Engerth system’ for freight locomotives, which, since its introduction on the Semmering Railroad, has found wide adoption on the Continent. The construction of the river-gate near Nussdorf, which prevents the entrance of ice into the Danube Canal at Vienna and the resultant annual inundations, was devised and built by Engerth. He was supervising architect of the buildings of the Vienna Exposition of 1873, and the entire engineering department was on that occasion placed under his control.