Ernst von Siemens
Ernst Albrecht von Siemens (9 April 1903 in Kingston upon Thames
Kingston upon Thames
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 - 31 December 1990 in Starnberg
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), the son of Carl Friedrich von Siemens
Carl Friedrich von Siemens
Carl Friedrich von Siemens was a German Entrepreneur and politician...

, was a German
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 industrialist and one of the successors of his family's company.


He studied physics
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 at Technical University of Munich
Technical University of Munich
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. He joined Siemens in 1929, beginning his career at the Werner Plant for Telecommunications in Berlin. After being a deputy member of the Managing Board of Siemens & Halske
Siemens & Halske
Siemens & Halske AG was a German electrical engineering company that later became part of Siemens AG.It was founded on 12 October 1847 as Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske by Ernst Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske...

 for five years, he became a full member in 1948 and was appointed chairman in 1949. In 1945 he became a deputy member of the Managing Board
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 of Siemens-Schuckert
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werke, and a full member in 1948. From 1956 to 1966, he served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of both companies, and from 1966 to 1971 as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG
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. After stepping down as chairman, he remained an honorary member of the Supervisory Board until 1978. Ernst von Siemens successfully faced the task of rebuilding the company after World War II
World War II
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. It was under his leadership that Siemens & Halske AG, Siemens-Schuckertwerke AG and Siemens-Reiniger-Werke AG were merged in 1966, forming the company we know today as Siemens AG.

Ernst von Siemens was unmarried and had no children.

Sponsor of culture and science

He established:
  • the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation (Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung), for the advancement of the sciences (1958).

  • the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
    Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
    The international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize is an annual music prize given by the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste on behalf of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung , established in 1972. The foundation was established by Ernst von Siemens...


  • the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation (1983). The goal of this foundation is to give financial support for museums to buy artworks. It also promotes exhibitions. Besides financial means, Ernst von Siemens also left the Foundation his private art collection.

He was a member of the Academic Alpine Club of Munich.


  • Wilfried Feldenkirchen/Eberhard Posner, The Siemens Entrepreneurs. Continuity and Change, 1847-2005 Ten Portraits, Munich 2005, p. 128-147.

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