REDTENBACHER IN ZURICH 1834 - 1840

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In April 1834, Redtenbacher was appointed as an apprentice teacher of mathematics and geometric drawing at the top industrial school in Zurich. One year later, in 1835, he was granted a full professorship. In the fall of 1836, Ferdinand Redtenbacher became engaged to his cousin Marie Redtenbacher. They were married the next year, and had two children together, Marie and Rudolf. Rudolf Redtenbacher (born 1840 in Zurich, died in 1885 in Freiburg in Breisgau) would go on to study mainly architecture and work on restoration and expansion projects for cathedrals in Manz, Regensburg, and Frankfurt am Main, but would fail to obtain a professorship in Germany and died unhappily.

During the Zurich period, Professor Redtenbacher was very interested in the reform of the industrial schools. In his notes from the time, he comments on the lack of interest in the human development of technical students, which he did not appreciate. To truly be a school, Redtenbacher argued, technical schools must concentrate on their students’ education as a whole person: otherwise, they would just be factories, training apprentices for specific tasks. These ideas resonated with many people, including Steyr industrialist Josef Werndl, who enjoyed a long written correspondence with Redtenbacher.

 

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