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Alfred Bernhard Nobel 1833-1896Alfred Bernhard Nobel was a Swedish chemist inventor philanthropist and some say was the first mad scientist httpwwwideafindercomhistoryinventorsnobelhtm Eventually blowing up things was a part of his everyday life Born on October 21 1833 in Stockholm Sweden Alfred Nobel led a rough life He was constantly sick due to extremely poor housing conditions cold winters and unending poverty httpwwwnobel-enterprisescomalfrednobelhtml Alfred was one of eight children which was a contributing factor in the poverty Only four of the children managed to stay alive to reach adulthood httpwwwbritannicacombcomebarticle4057165741415600700html Alfreds father Immanuel was originally an engineer and inventor who built bridges and buildings in Stockholm Because of his ties with construction he also experimented with different methods for blasting rocks He wasnt making much of a living at this and his family drastically needed money so he opened and operated a mechanical workshop that provided supplies for the Russian army The profit from the mechanical workshop was looking promising Alfred Nobel A Biography On the side Immanuel was still into engineering and was designing navel mines which were simply submerged wooden casks filled with gunpowder for the Russians They anchored them underwater off the Gulf of Finland to stop the British Royal Navy from coming into firing range of St Petersburg since the Crimean war was going on at this time And if all these jobs werent enough to tackle Immanuel was also beginning to design steam engines As for Immanuels wife Andrietta originally born Andrietta Ahlsell she started a grocery store to make ends meet for the family The family she had come from was very affluent and they lent her the money to start the business as they could see what financial trouble the family was in httpwwwnobelsenobelAlfred-nobelbiographicallife-workindexhtml Both businesses were taking off and suddenly income was coming in fairly regularly With the extra money Immanuel decided to send 17-year-old Alfred around the world to study chemical engineering Alfred Nobel A Biography Although
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