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Sutro, Adolph Heinrich Joseph (29 April 1830–08 August 1898), developer and mining engineer, was born into very comfortable circumstances in Aachen, Prussia, the son of Emanuel Sutro, a cloth manufacturer, and Rosa Warendorf. As a child, Adolph was an excellent student, especially in science and mathematics, and he added botany by way of nature walks. He was also an avid, compulsive reader, spending his savings and even his lunch money on books. But the death of his father at age forty-eight, and the concomitant revolution in Germany, ruined the family’s fortune and marked the end of his formal education. The family’s woolen cloth factory had to close, as did one managed in Memel by nineteen-year-old Adolph after he was forced to leave school....