Tunner, Peter von
Peter von Tunner, lithograph
Tunner, Peter von, b. Untergraden (Styria), May 10, 1809, d. Leoben (Styria), June 8, 1897, mining expert. 1840 became the first director of the Vordernberg School of Mining. After it was transferred to Leoben was director of the Imperial Mining School (from 1861 Mining Academy, today University of Mining and Metallurgy, Leoben), and was responsible for the outstanding international reputation of this institution. Very significant contributions to the field of steel production in a refining hearth and in the puddling furnace; also introduced the Bessemer and Siemens-Martin open-hearth processes (Iron, Steel) After trips to the Urals in 1870 and to the USA in 1876 he was internationally considered one of the world´s leading steel specialists.
Works: Gemeinfaßl. Darstellung der Stabeisen- und Stahlbereitung in Frischherden, 21858; Rußlands Montanind., 1871; Das Eisenhüttenwesen der Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika, 1877. - Editor: Berg- und hüttenmännisches Jahrbuch, 1841-1866.
Literature: H. Lackner, P. T. 1809-97, in: Der Leobener Strauß 8, 1980; Zum Gedenken an P. Ritter v. T., 1997.