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Daniel Hanson (c1892-1953), Professor of Metallurgy at Birmingham University

1953 Obituary [1]

We regret to have to record the death of Dr. Daniel Hanson, which occurred suddenly at his home at Haselor, near Alcester, Warwickshire, on Friday last, June 12th.

Dr. Hanson, who was sixty-one, had been Professor of Metallurgy and Director of the Metallurgy Department in the University of Birmingham since 1926.

Daniel Hanson was born at Preston Brook, Cheshire, and was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and at the University of Liverpool. He began his career as a metallurgist in the research department of Woolwich Arsenal, and subsequently he joined the staff of the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington. There, he became assistant to the late Dr. Walter Rosenhain in the Department of Metallurgy, and, later on, was appointed Principal Scientific Officer in the department.

In 1926, Dr. Hanson was appointed to the Feeney Chair of Metallurgy at Birmingham University. In his twenty-seven years as Professor of Metallurgy and, later, as Director of the Metallurgy Department, Dr. Hanson was responsible in no small degree for the considerable expansion of metallurgical study and research work which has taken place at Birmingham University. His services as a lecturer on metallurgical subjects were not only valued highly in this country, but also overseas.

At different times he had lectured in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and in 1950 he was a member of the British delegation which discussed with American and Canadian scientists the release of fuller information about atomic research conducted in the U.S.A.

In addition to his work at Birmingham University, Dr. Hanson took an active part in the affairs of several learned societies and contributed numerous papers to their proceedings.

He was a member of the Iron and Steel Institute and a past vice-president of the Institute of Metals.

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