Werner von Bergen

Ninth Olney Medalist 1952
Forstmann Woolen Co., Passaic, NJ

Werner von Bergen was awarded the Ninth Olney Award by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists in 1952.  At the time von Bergen was Director of Research and Control Laboratories for the prestigious Forstmann Woolen Company, Passaic, New Jersey.  A native of Switzerland, he graduated as a chemist from the Technical College, Burgdorf, Switzerland, in 1916.  His experience in woolen manufacturing dated to 1919. For one year he was connected with the I. G. Farbenwerke, Leverkusen, Germany, and had been with Forstmann since 1926.  Mr. von Bergen was an authority on the processing of wool with many publications to his credit. (2-8)  He was co-author of the American Wool Handbook and the Textile Fiber Atlas.  He conducted evening courses on woolen and worsted manufacture at Columbia University.  He was chairman of A3, Section I on Wool of the American Society for Testing Materials and was an associate member of the Textile Institute. (1)  Von Bergen was a prolific writer and editor.( 2-16)

Werner von Bergen 1946



  1. “Ninth Olney Medal Awarded to Werner von Bergen,” American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 37, Dec. 22, 1952, p866-873.
  2. Werner von Bergen, “New Kinks in Wool Dyeing, ” American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 16,, March 16,1931p180-184.
  3. Werner von Bergen, ” Casein Wool“, American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 22, 1936, p146-7.
  4. W. von Bergen, “New Ways of Testing Woolen & Worsted Lubricants, American Dyestuff Reporter Vol 23, 1937 Part I, p246, 256-60; Part II, p312-317.
  5. W. von Bergen, “Wool and Mohair,” American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 23, p271, 1937.
  6. Werner von Bergen and H. R. Mauersberger, American Wool Handbook, 1938.
  7. Werner von Bergen, “Quality Control in a Woolen Mill,” American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 25, February 19, 1940, p84-94.
  8. Werner von Bergen and Walter Krauss, Textile Fiber Atlas – A Collection of Photomicrographs of Common Textile Fibers, American Wool Handbook Company, 303 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y.,
  9. Werner von Bergen, “Textile Fiber Atlas,” Book Review, American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 27, December 21, 1942, 671.
  10. Constantin Monego and Werner von Bergen, “The Spectrophotometer in the Textile Laboratory, American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 28, 1943, p1-8, 17-23.
  11. Werner von Bergen, “Research Laboratory, American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol
  12. W. von Bergen, T. Crowley, and W. Brommelsiek, “Continuous Indigo Dyeing of Wool Stock, ” American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 30, 1945. p53-63.
  13. Werner von Bergen, “Twenty-Five Years Progress in Woolen and Worsted Dyeing and Finishing Machinery,” American Dyestuff Reporter, Vol 31, No. 25, Dec. 7, 1946, p662-668.
  14. von Bergen, Werner, Millson, Henry and William F. Brommelsiek, “The Dyeing Charactreistics of Different Wool Grades,” American Dyestuff Reporter, 1956, page P73.
  15. Werner von Bergen and H. R. Mauersberger, American Wool Handbook, second ed. 1948, 1055 pages.
  16. Werner von Bergen, editor, Wool Handbook, Vol 1, 1963.
  17. Werner von Bergen, editor, Wool Handbook, Vol 2, Pt 1, Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, xx+638 pgs, 1969.