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 Aachen Royal Polytechnic School
(1870-    )

The Königlich Rheinisch-Westphälische polytechnische Schule was inaugurated on October 10, 1870; King William I was scheduled to attend the ceremonies but he got side-tracked by the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. The polytechnic college consisted at that time of a general school, in which mathematics and general science we taught, and three technical schools for architecture and engineering, for mechanical engineering and mechanical technology, and for chemical technology and metallurgy. In 1895 it was renamed a technical "university." The institution survives today as the "Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule" (RWTH), or Aachen University of Technology, with 28,000 students, 3,700 graduate students, and nine major colleges or departments including a Georesources Department with an Instutute for Mineralogy and Ore Deposits.

The mineralogy collection of over 11,000 mineral specimens and 28,000 ore samples is housed in a 130-square-meter hall. Thirteen desk showcases exhibit over 1500 specimens of 550 mineral species, arranged according to the system of Strunz. Three other showcases contain crystal models of some important minerals; in one showcase old microscopes and other antique analytical devices are shown; in two wall showcases the various characteristics minerals are explained. On the third and fourth floors as well as in the stairwells one can see large specimens of minerals and ores from various German mines. The current curator in charge is Dr. Annemarie Wiechowski wiechowski@Rwth-aachen.de.

Reference
BURCHARD, U., and BODE, R. (1986)Mineral Museums of Europe. Walnut Hill Publishing, p.17.
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Label for a specimen of fluorite from the Sack Collection; 1870-1895.
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Label for a specimen of silver from the Sack collection; 1870-1895.
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