Mining and Electrical Engineer
Electrical and Mining Engineer
He attended secondary school in his hometown, and graduated from the forestry and mining college in Selmecbanya, Hungary (now Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia).
He might have had a wife before Erzsebet Hanka. In 1897 Feb Elemer Gusztav Michaelis was born to Samu Michaelis and Maria Huppan in Selmecbanya (see IGI).
After graduating from college, he went to work for the J. J. Geramb Mining Association's silver production factory at Szandrik in the town of Also-Hamor (now Hodrusa-Hamre, Slovakia), where he soon became the technical director.
In 1899, he received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and went to work for the state. In Budapest he worked at the "main metal hallmark" office, in Rezbanya he reconstructed the Horgospatak (now Strambu-Baiut, Maramures, Romania) gold, silver and lead smelter, and soon after he became the director of the main smelter in Selmecbanya.
In 1910, he wrote an article called “The reasons for the decline of Copper Mining”. It is available at the National Library in Budapest.
During WW1 he served in the military: on behalf of the Ministry of Defense he established a thoroughly modern, American military-style copper smelter in Zam, Hunyad County (now Zam, Hunedoara, Romania), where he worked until the end of the war.
From there, he went to the Ministry of Finance working as the Smelter Affairs officer.
After the Treaty of Trianon, Hungary lost its 2 biggest mines and its mint to Slovakia. In 1918, Hungary began to dismantle its mint in Kormoczbanya (Kremnica, Slovakia) and ship the machinery to Budapest. For several years, the mint operated out of an old factory on Csepel Island near Budapest, at the Manfred Weiss factory. The mint produced coins with the old Kormocbanya mint mark (K*B).
In 1925, Samu was the Principal Mining Councillor and the Director of the Mint. He went to London to visit and study the London Mint.
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