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Biography of Cornelius Maximilian Cosmann

Cornelius Maximilian Cosmann, matriculation slip 1935-36
Cornelius Maximilian Cosmann, matriculation slip 1935-36

Cornelius Maximilian Cosmann graduated BSc from the University in 1938. He was was born in Gotha, Germany on 4 November 1914, son of Hugo Cosmann, a manufacturer.

Cosmann lived in Düsseldorf before he moved to Glasgow, where he enrolled in 1934 to study Applied Chemistry, and took classes at the Royal Technical College.

Cosmann went on to become a metallurgist and minerals consultant in the USA. After World War II, Cosmann served as technical advisor on the US prosecution team of Alfred Krupp, the German industrialist, at the Nuremberg war crime trials. He subsequently contributed to industrial reconstruction programs in Austria under the Marshall Plan. From 1950, Cosman went on to hold a variety of consultancy posts in the US, becoming the assistant director of the US National Commission on Materials Policy in 1972.

The drawings of Milein Cosman, sister to Cornelius, can be found in the Hunterian collections here.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • College Courant, vol.62, 1979, p.47
  • R3/1/10 Register of dates of birth of graduates Vol.XII 1937-1938
  • R8/5/56/2 Matriculation Slips 1935-1936 Men C


Cornelius Maximilian Cosmann
Born 4 November 1914.
Died 27 February 1979.
GU Degree: BSc, 1938; Science and Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: metallurgists; mineralogists
English snippet: Science graduate of the University of Glasgow, 1938, metallurgist and mineralogist
Record last updated: 11th Feb 2020

Country Associations

Germany Germany, Gotha
Place of Birth

United States United States, New York
Place of Death

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Graduate