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Siemens Bulgaria Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Werner Von Siemens

October 10, 2016
Siemens Bulgaria Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Werner Von Siemens

“Sometimes in the course of human history people are born whose genius is capable of changing the history of humanity. Werner von Siemens was one of them”, Boriana Manolova PhD, CEO of Siemens Bulgaria, said at the opening of a mobile exhibition at the National Museum of Polytechnics dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Werner von Siemens, inventor, entrepreneur and founder of Siemens AG.

The event which took place on 6 October 2016 was attended by Sofia Deputy Mayor of Transport Mr. Evgeni Krusev, National Museum of Polytechnics Director Dr. Ekaterina Tsekova, Ministry of Culture officials, guests and journalists.

Werner von Siemens' inventions laid the foundations of a significant part of the technologies in the field of electrical engineering, energy production, communications, transport that we know and use today. Among them is the pointer telegraph, which has fundamentally changed the communications, the dynamo machine, which has made a revolution in the use of electricity as a source of energy, the first electric locomotive, presented at the Berlin Trade Fair in 1879, the first electric streetlights, installed on Kaisergalerie in Berlin in the same year, the world’s first electric tram and many more pioneering inventions”, Dr. Eng. Manolova said. “Today the legacy of Werner von Siemens is still alive in all of us who are part of Siemens AG”, she added.

Reaffirming the symbolic link between the past and the future, at the beginning of this jubilee year the company launched its new corporate claim Ingenuity for Life, which reflects Siemens’ philosophy of innovations for the people.

Ingenuity for Life stands for engineering perfection, an entrepreneurial spirit and innovative force. “For nearly 170 years Siemens is a symbol of engineering genius, which improves people’s life through the power of innovation, and we are proud that we keep alive the spirit and the legacy of Werner von Siemens”, explained the CEO of Siemens Bulgaria.

In his address the Deputy Mayor for Transport Evgeni Krusev pointed out that Sofia Municipality and Siemens have over a century of common history, dating back from the delivery of the first trams in the capital city at the beginning of the 20th Century to the new, up-to-date railcars for the 3rd metro line which are to be delivered by Siemens. He congratulated Siemens Bulgaria for organising the mobile exhibition saying it provides some fascinating information and images, covering the impressive achievements of the company in technologies and science.

 

About the exhibition:

The month-long exhibition presenting the life, achievements, inventions and heritage of Werner von Siemens, opened in the National Museum of Polytechnics on 6 October 2016 and will continue until 6 November. The idea of the exposition called Back to the Future is to show the inextricable connection between the innovation and the pioneering spirit that predestined the rapid rise of the company, and its achievements and philosophy today, which has allowed to stay on the crest of the technological wave for almost 170 years.

For the exhibition the Museum restored items, technical appliances and other materials, connected to Siemens, which shed light on the evolution of technologies from the late 19th Century. Combining the authentic artefacts with retro images from the archives of the German company, most of which have never been shown before in Bulgaria, the exhibition tells the story of technical progress but also the story of Bulgarians’ lives that  all those technical appliances were part of.

In November and December the exposition will be shown at other places in the capital and across the country as well.


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