Ferdinand von Steinbeis (1807- 1893)



In 1850 were for Ferdinand von Steinbeis "beauty or purity of form, solidity of execution and cheapness", important selection criteria and contribution to the flavor formation of its pattern warehouse and later State Trade Museum.

Ferdinand von Steinbeis

Steinbeis applies posthumously as the father of industrial training in Württemberg. The educational objective for skilled workers he saw in the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

  • Born on 05 May 1807 in Ölbronn son of a clergyman, he begins with 14 years teaching in the metallurgical plant in Wasseralfingen. Three years later he started studying natural sciences at the University of Tübingen.
  • At the age of 20 years Ferdinand Steinbeis is awarded the doctorate in a competitive work on the glass industry. In the same year he accepts a job as a "cottage Schreiber" in the Royal Württemberg Cottage Ludwigstal in Tuttlingen.
  • In 1831 he was appointed by Prince Karl Egon of Fürstenberg Head of princely metallurgy.
  • In 1842 he takes over the post of Director in the ironworks of Stumm family in Neunkirchen. During this time, Steinbeis also promotes the training of personnel under his. To counter the constant threat of losing well educated workers, it is concerned with the introduction of a social welfare of the work. These include a relief fund for needy employees, a disability fund for handicapped journeyman, a company doctor, a canteen and financial support for the acquisition of homes.
  • 1848 "Central Office for Industry and Trade" is established, which will be devoted to the commercial promotion and Steinbeis is Technical Council of the Central Office. He is awarded the title and rank of Government Council.
  • In 1855 he is Director and later President.
  • 1868 first Steinbeis Foundation for the promotion of trade and education of young people by supporting the economy allows. That same year, the first woman to work school was founded in Reutlingen.
  • 1878 Steinbeis condemned by the entire House of Representatives sharply because he opposed the introduction of protective tariffs. He then pulls gradually back from all public duties.
  • In July 1880 his retirement approved application.
  • Ferdinand von Steinbeis died on 07 February 1893 in Leipzig and is buried in an honorary grave in the Old Cemetery Ulm.



Paul Siebertz, Ferdinand von Steinbeis, A pioneer of the economy, Stuttgart 1952
Willi A. Boelcke, "Fortunately for the country", The success story of the Economic Development of Steinbeis today, Stuttgart 1992
Helmut Christmann, Ferdinand Steinbeis, Commercial sponsor and educator, Heidenheim an der Brenz 1970