Schaffhausen: People

Interesting people from Schffhausen


Johann Conrad Neher

Johann Conrad Neher

Johann Conrad Neher, a Swiss industrialist, was born in Schaffhausen on 8 August 1818 and died on 11 December 1877. The second son of Johann Georg Neher, he attended various schools in Schaffhausen, Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Stäfa with his brother, Bernard. From 1835 to 1836, he studied mining and metallurgy at the Polytechnical Institute in Karlsruhe. He then added to his technical knowledge at a mechanical engineering works in Strasbourg. In 1853 he and his brother-in-law, Friedrich Peyer Im Hof co-founded the Schweizerische Waggons-Fabrik (the Swiss Wagon Factory), with Heinrich Moser in Neuhausen, at the Rhine Falls. The company was later renamed Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (SIG). Their first products were carriages for the railways and the horse-drawn railcars known as the “Rösslitrams,” which were increasingly popular in Swiss towns and cities.


Sebastian Hofmeister

Sebastian Hofmeister, theologian and reformer, lived from 1476 to 1533. A member of the Franciscan order in his early years, Hofmeister studied in Paris. In 1520 he returned to Switzerland, where he settled in Zurich. While working there, he came into contact with the Zurich reformer Huldrych Zwingli, and soon became his zealous follower. Two moves ensued: first to Konstanz, then to Lucerne, both times under charges of preaching  Reformist teachings. On his expulsion from Lucerne, Hofmeister returned to his home town of Schaffhausen, where he sought to gain a foothold for his Reformist ideas. He was not wholly successful in implementing the Reformation in Schaffhausen, though his was a key influence in the ecclesiastical history of the Canton.


Heinrich Moser

Heinrich Moser

Heinrich Moser was born in Schaffhausen on 12 December 1805 and served his apprenticeship as a watchmaker under his father. In 1824 he began the years of travel, customary for a journeyman at the time, including a further apprenticeship at Le Locle. In 1827 he set out to conquer Russia with his craft of watchmaking. He returned from Russia, extremely prosperous, in 1848 and purchased a large site on the Rhine, where he built his first large watch factory in Switzerland. Later a co-founder of Schweizerische Industriegesellschaft (SIG) in Neuhausen, he died on 23 October 1874.


Daniela Baumer

Daniela Baumer, born in Herblingen near Schaffhausen on 8 September 1971, is a kayak racer. She has participated in the sport of canoe racing since the age of 11, and has been Swiss champion several times in categories K1 (single kayak), K2 (double kayak) and K4 (kayak foursome). Her sporting career began with Schaffhausen Canoe Club. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, she and Ingrid Haralamoff, Gabi Müller and Irene Eichenberger made the foursome who won the silver medal for Switzerland in the 500 metres K4 category – coming behind Germany and ahead of Sweden. In 1998 she retired from professional sport to dedicate herself to her career as a teacher in Schaffhausen. In addition to her teaching work, she and her husband run a big dairy and fattening farm in Schleitheim.



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