The New International Encyclopædia/Weber, Max Maria von

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WEBER, Max Maria von (1822-81). A German civil engineer, son of the composer Karl Maria von Weber. He was born in Dresden and received his early training in the schools of that city. Part of his experience was gained under Brunel and Stephenson in England. In 1850 he entered the civil service of his native kingdom. In 1870 he went to Vienna, where he did much toward the extension of Austrian railways. In 1878 he was called in a similar capacity to Berlin. Outside of his oflicial duties Weber found time for considerable writing, in the line of general literature as well as on technical matters. Among his works may be cited: Schule des Eisenbahnwesens (1857); Karl Maria von Weber; ein Lebensbild (1864-66); Die Praxis des baues und Betriebs der Sekundärbahnen (1873); Nationalität und Eisenbahnpolitik (1876); and the posthumous Vom rollenden Flügelrad (published by M. Jähns, with biography, 1882).