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Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm Sweden on October 21 1833EncartaHis father Immanuel Nobel was an engineer and inventor who built bridgesand buildings in Stockholm In connection with his construction work ImmanuelNobel also experimented with different techniques of blasting rock Alfredsmother Andrietta Ahlsell came from a wealthy family Due to misfortunesin the construction work caused by the loss of some barges of building materialImmanuel Nobel was forced into bankruptcy the same year Alfred Nobel wasborn In 1837 Immanuel Nobel left Stockholm and his family to start a newcareer in Finland and in Russia To support the family Andrietta Nobel starteda grocery store which provided a modest income Meanwhile Immanuel Nobelwas successful in his new enterprise in St Petersburg Russia He starteda mechanical workshop which provided equipment for the Russian army and healso convinced the Tsar and his generals that naval mines could be used toblock enemy naval ships from threatening the city The naval mines designedby Immanuel Nobel were simple devices consisting of submerged wooden casksfilled with gun powder Anchored below the surface of the Gulf of Finlandthey effectively deterred the British Royal Navy from moving into firingrange of St Petersburg during the Crimean war 1853-1856Immanuel Nobel was also a pioneer in arms manufacture and in designing steamengines Successful in his industrial and business ventures Immanuel Nobelwas able in 1842 to bring his family to St Petersburg There his sons were given a first class education by private teachers Thetraining included natural sciences languages and literature By the ageof 17 Alfred Nobel was fluent in Swedish Russian French English and GermanHis primary interests were in English literature and poetry as well as inchemistry and physics Alfreds father who wanted his sons to join hisenterprise as engineers disliked Alfreds interest in poetry and found hisson rather introverted In order to widen Alfreds horizons his father senthim abroad for further training in chemical engineering During a two yearperiod Alfred Nobel visited Sweden Germany France and the UnitedStatesSchuck
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