29.1.1851 Frankental/D - 31.5.1915 München/D
Richard von Reverdy was educated at the Polytechnics of Stuttgart and Munich from where he graduated in 1875. He then moved to the Rhine Province to improve works close to his hometown. From 1876 he was in Ingolstadt to head the river works of the Danube River between Neuburg and Regensburg. One year later he joined the Ministry of Public Works in Munich from where he visited the Paris 1878 World Exhibition and the French canal system. Again in 1880 he inspected canal works on Neckar, Yonne and Seine Rivers to adopt knowledge to projects on the Main and the Danube Rivers. Reverdy was a Regierungs-Assessor in Pfalz County posted in Speyer. He redesigned dikes for the Rhine River damaged during the 1882 floods and enlarged the river harbors of Ludwigshafen and Maximiliansau.
From 1887, Reverdy was in charge of Nord-Ostseekanal. He headed the works around the Düderditmarschen in the North of Germany collaborating with Otto Baensch (1825-1898), the head of canal works. Reverdy accustomed to the different working conditions in the Holstein plain: He was promoted to Baurat in 1891 and to Regierungsrat in 1894. Once the Canal was inaugurated in 1895, he returned to Bavaria contributing to torrent improvement and the level reduction of Lakes Chiem and Kochel in the Bavarian Alps. In 1897, Reverdy quit the governmental service to join a private company where he was in charge of important civil engineering structures, among which were also hydropower stations. Reverdy was thus involved in the pre-design of the Isar River hydropower project between Lakes Walchen and Kochel, later the key installation of Bavaria. To reorganize the hydraulic department of the State Bavaria, Reverdy was appointed Ministerialdirektor of the Ministry of Interior and thus significantly contributed to the later richness of Bavarian water power. From 1906 Reverdy was a council member of the German Association of Architects and Engineers and he was awarded in 1912 the Order of Merit of Bavaria, related to knighthood. Reverdy participated actively in World War I during which he passed away due to a serious disease.
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