© 2004


History of a Technology Corporation, 1879–2004

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Hans-Liudger Dienel
    Pages 1-63
  3. Hans-Liudger Dienel
    Pages 92-122
  4. Hans-Liudger Dienel
    Pages 123-163
  5. Hans-Liudger Dienel
    Pages 223-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 252-369

About this book


In 1877, university Professor Carl von Linde obtained a patent for his refrigerator from the Imperial Patent Office - a patent for something that was not merely an invention, but the result of serious research in the basic laws of physics. Linde went on to found the Linde Company, one of the biggest German Gas and Engineering companies which became one of the models for science based industries. Today, the Linde Group, headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, is a global technology company dedicated to gas and engineering, material handling and refrigeration. This book examines the history of this company in the context of the history of technology in industry.


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About the authors

HANS-LIUDGER DIENEL is Acting Director of the Center for Technology and Society of the Berlin University of Technology, and Director of the Nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research, Berlin (; His research foci are historical innovation research, mobility research, and research on knowledge and cooperation management.

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