Stanislav Kerbedz

Stanislav Kerbedz
A scientist, road engineer, landlord of Riebini and Luznava (1810-1899).

Born on 9th of March 1810 in Naudvare, province of Kovan near Panevezys (Lithuania). After his graduation from Kaunas Gymnasium in 1826, S. Kerbedzs studied at Vilnius University (1826-1828), and finished the St. Petersburg Institute of Civil Engineers (1828-1833). Later he continued his studies in England and France, and worked as a lecturer in several universities after the return from abroad. Further engineering activities of S. Kerbedzs were related to the bridge construction.

In 1852 the first metal railway bridge was built by his project over the Luga River near the St. Petersburg; the first bascule bridge across the Neva River in St. Petersburg (1843-1850); a bridge over the Vistula River in Warsaw (1858-1864). By the S. Kerbedzs projects several objects were built: a bridge across the Daugava River in Daugavpils, railroads St. Petersburg – Warsaw, which are crossing the Preiļi region, Moscow – Warsaw, and others. He participated in the Kronstadt fortifications’ construction and famous Siberian railroad Chelyabinsk – Vladivostok construction and renovation. It should be noted that the ideas of the engineer S. Kerbedzs significantly influenced the development of engineering in Europe. He was a General of the Russian Corps of Engineers, a professor, and an honorary member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. S. Kerbedzs was a great art lover and philanthropist; he has published many scientific articles.

After the retirement S. Kerbedzs lived in Warsaw since 1981, where he was engaged in charity and literary work. Died on 19th of April 1899 in Warsaw. Buried in Warsaw.