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Hanson, Earl Parker, 1899-1978



  • Existence: 1899 - 1978


Earl Parker Hanson was born in Germany in 1899. He received his B.S. degree in 1922, from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation he spent three years in the Atacama Desert of Chile doing engineering and construction work as well as independent research in geography and archeology. In 1927, he went to Iceland as an engineer and investigator, doing reconnaissance work toward rural electrification on the island of Sagas, and studying possibilities for the Greenland-Iceland flying route to Europe. In 1929, he was sent to sub-arctic Canada to study pioneer movements in Canada's northward expansion. From 1931-1933, Hanson traveled through the jungles of South America, the Amazon Basins and the Andes of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia making a scientific survey for the Carnegie Institute of Washington. In 1935, the National Resource Committee sent him to Puerto Rico as planning consultant on loan to the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration. Hanson resigned from the government in early 1937. He died in 1978.

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Earl Hanson papers

Identifier: Mss-152
Stefansson Mss-152
Date(s): 1930 to 1950

Earl Parker Hanson (1899-1978), engineer. Consist of correspondence, lectures, published and unpublished monographs of Earl Parker Hanson on subjects related to the Arctic and Antarctic.

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