Fridolin Schuler

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Fridolin Schuler

Fridolin Schuler (born April 18, 1832 in Bilten ; † May 8, 1903 in Aarburg ) was a Swiss doctor and factory inspector .

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Schuler was a nephew of the Protestant pastor and local researcher Johann Melchior Schuler .

He had worked as a general practitioner in Mollis in the canton of Glarus . In 1864 he became a cantonal factory inspector in Glarus after the canton had introduced a working time limit of twelve hours a day in a referendum. The job of the factory inspector was to monitor compliance with the law in the factories. As a result, he played a key role in drafting the Swiss Factory Act . This law was created in response to an investigation into the working and living conditions of factory workers, which had shown catastrophic conditions. The law introduced a normal working day of eleven hours, banned child labor and regulated the liability of employers in the event of accidents and occupational diseases.

Together with Edmund Nüsperli and Wilhelm Klein , Schuler was elected by the Federal Council in 1878 as one of the first three federal factory inspectors. As such, he was responsible for Eastern Switzerland from 1877 to 1902 .

As a doctor, Schuler was concerned about the health of the population. In a lecture from 1882 he pointed out the poor nutrition of the working class, which he regarded as the main cause of the numerous diseases. Too little income and a lack of time and education prevented a healthy diet. Often, schnapps was the only source of calories. Schuler developed the idea of ​​a healthy, cheap and quick to prepare food. In Julius Maggi he found an innovative entrepreneur who was ready to pursue this idea. As early as 1886, the Maggi company developed a pea and bean-based flour that could be processed into soups .


  • On the feeding of the factory population and its deficiencies. First presentation for the annual meeting of the Swiss Charitable Society on September 19, 1882 in Glarus. Herzog, Zurich 1882.
  • The legumes as food for the people. Expert opinion issued on behalf of Switzerland. non-profit society. Zürcher & Furrer, Zurich 1885.
  • Memories of a seventy year old. With Schuler's portrait and the list of his publications. Huber, Frauenfeld 1903.
  • Selected writings by factory inspector Fridolin Schuler. Edited by Heinrich Wegmann. Braunsche Hofbuchdruckerei, Karlsruhe 1905.


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