Charles Prosper Eugène Schneider or Eugène Schneider II (in French: Eugène II Schneider) (29 October 1868 – 17 November 1942) was a French businessman, head of the Creusot and other works in France, politician and inventor. In 1923 he was awarded the John Fritz Medal.
Schneider was born on October 29, 1868 in Le Creusot, rural France. His father, Henri Schneider, was a businessman and politician. His paternal grandfather, Eugène Schneider, was the co-founder of Schneider-Creusot with his grand-uncle Adolphe Schneider in 1836. He grew up at the Château de la Verrerie in Le Creusot.
Schneider was appointed as co-Chairman of Schneider-Creusot in 1896. He became its sole Chairman in 1898.
He served on the Boards of Directors of the Crédit Lyonnais, Chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée, the Société Métallurgique de Normandie and the Banque de l'Union Parisienne. He also served as the Chairman of the Union européenne industrielle et financière.
He joined the Popular Liberal Action, a center-right political party. He served as a member of the Chamber of Deputies for them from 1889 to 1910.
He served as the Mayor of Le Creusot from 1896 to 1900.
He was a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.
He married Antoinette de Rafélis de Saint-Sauveur, an heiress to the Château d'Apremont-sur-Allier. They had three sons, Charles, Henri-Paul and Jean, and a daughter, Marie-Zélie, a.k.a. May, later the 12th Duchess of Brissac.
He died on November 17, 1942 in Paris.
His statue, designed by sculptor Paul Landowski, stands on the Boulevard Eugène-Paul Schneider (named after his son) in Le Creusot.
- ^ Mechanical World and Engineering Record. Vol. 70. 1921. p. 54
- ^ Iron and Coal Trades Review. Vol. 103. 1921. p. 20
- ^ De Ingenieur, Vol. 37. 1922. p. 532
- ^ Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1922. p. 492.
- ^ a b c National Assembly: Eugène Schneider
- ^ a b c d Notice biographique: Eugène Schneider (1868-1942), Revue de Métallurgie, n. 5, May 1943, pp. 156-160
- ^ a b c Jean-Louis Beaucarnot, Nos familles dans la grande guerre, Paris: JC Lattès, 2013 
- ^ a b Eugène Schneider (1868-1942), Bibliothèque nationale de France
- ^ Le Creusot: La statue d'Eugène II Schneider, Bvd Henri-Paul Schneider