Heinrich Seidel

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Aliases: Johannes Köhnke


Born: 25 June 1842, Perlin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Died: 7 November 1906, Berlin


Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Seidel was a German engineer, poet and writer. Seidel was the son of a pastor and studied in the Polytechnikum in Hannover from 1860 to 1862 and in the Gewerbeakademie in Berlin, becoming an engineer.

In Berlin, Heinrich Seidel became a member of the Hütte Academic Association "A.V. Hütte" and the literary society Tunnel über der Spree. Under the pseudonym Johannes Köhnke he collaborated with Julius Stinde (pseudonym Theophil Ballheim), Johannes Trojan and others in the Allgemeiner Deutscher Reimverein (ADR), where he achieved impressive achievements as an rhyme acrobat (literal translation of Reimakrobat).

The famous catchphrase "Dem Ingenieur ist nichts zu schwer" (to an engineer nothing is too difficult) was his personal motto and the first line of his writing Ingenieurlied (Song of an Engineer).

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