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Arthur Frederick (Fritz) Hasler Biography

Fritz, born August 21, 1940, is the second child and oldest of five sons of Arthur D. Hasler and Hanna Prusse.

Fritz is a Research Meteorologist (Emeritus) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Dr. Fritz Hasler, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. degree in Meteorology. He has also studied at the University of Munich, Germany. In addition to his native English, he speaks fluent German as well as passable French and not so passable Spanish. He spent most of his professional career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center after jobs as a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and as Visiting Scientist at the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique in Paris, France. He was among the earliest pioneers working with geosynchronous weather satellites. He is the author of more that 45 scientific papers describing his research. He has produced HDTV movies e.g. Destination Earth 2002. He is known for his spectacular images and animations of hurricanes and severe storms that have appeared in scientific and popular literature and on television. He was the first person to make high quality color images of the Western Hemisphere full Earth from space observations that rivaled impact of the Apollo Blue Marble. His scientific animations have been used on National & International TV. His visualizations have appeared on the covers of National Geographic, TIME, Popular Science, Newsweek etc. He developed the NASA/NOAA Earth Science Electronic Theater and has taken the E-theater on tours all over the US and around the world. He has received numerous honors and awards including the AIAA Barry Goldwater Award: Public Outreach in Education. In the winter, going on 77, Fritz still teaches alpine skiing as a PSIA L2 Instructor at Brighton, Utah. During the summer, he trains and competes as a nationally ranked trick water skier out of Three Lakes in Northern Wisconsin.

This book is dedicated to: Mary, his wife, of 52 years; siblings: Sylvia, Bruce, Galen, Mark and Karl; Art's wife Hatheway; John Magnuson, Art's successor at the UW Laboratory for Limnology, and Art's students, Allan Scholz and Gene Likens; without whom the book would not have been possible. It is also dedicated to Art's parents and ancestors who gave him such a great start in life; and his descendants: 17 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and those to follow.

The Way Home

Authored by Arthur Frederick (Fritz) (Fritz) Hasler Ph.D.
Edition: 1

The Way Home: Arthur Davis Hasler Professional Photo Biography

by Arthur Frederick Hasler

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Hasler, was a Zoologist, Limnologist, Conservationist, Ecologist, Linguist, and Renaissance Man

The story of Arthur D. Hasler's fascinating scientific career is told through a series of photos and documents from his professional and family life arranged chronologically with captions and commentary by myself, Arthur Frederick (Fritz) Hasler, family members and his colleagues. 

Sources: Art's extensive color slide collection, University of Wisconsin-Madison Archive Images, Art and Hanna's family archives and a National Academy of Sciences obituary by Gene Likens.

Arthur Davis Hasler was born January 5, 1908 in Lehi, Utah to Walter Thalmann Hasler and Ada Elizabeth Broomhead. Art married Hanna Bertha Prusse on September 6, 1932 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They were married for 37 years until Hanna died of cancer in1969. Art and Hanna parented six children: Sylvia 1936, Arthur Frederick (Fritz) 1940, Bruce Davis 1942, twins Galen Rolf and Mark Rudolf 1945 and Karl Gregory 1947. Art married Hatheway Minton Brooks July 24, 1971 who was his companion until his death in 2001.

Art learned to play the French horn in high school and continued to perform over 30 years for the University of Wisconsin Symphony. Art was active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1924. Art served a 28-month mission for the LDS Church to eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria. He mastered the German language on his mission and continued to study and love it all his life. He graduated in 1932 from Brigham Young University with a BA in Zoology. He married Hanna Prusse that year after she returned from an 18 month LDS mission. They then traveled to the University of Wisconsin where Art began his graduate studies and teaching career in Zoology. In 1935 he began two years with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Research Laboratory in Yorktown VA on the Chesapeake Bay, where their first child Sylvia was born.

He returned to the University of Wisconsin in 1937, completed his Ph.D. in Zoology and began an Instructor position in the Zoology Department. He was promoted to Assistant Professor 1941, Associate Professor 1945 and Professor 1948. In 1945 he served with the rank of Major with the War Department's Strategic Bombing Survey in devastated Germany and Austria staying four months at the end of World War II. He directed 53 doctoral students (a "full deck plus") and 43 masters' students earning their degrees with his supervision. His research that brought him the most acclaim was scientific evidence that salmon learn the odor of their birth stream as smolts (fingerlings) and remember it, to find their way back to the same stream one-and-a-half to five years later as adults using their sense of smell to guide them. He worked on and refined this research from 1945 through the end of his career in 1983. He wrote and coauthored over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and authored or contributed to seven books. In 1954 and 1955 he accepted a Fulbright Professorship to the University of Munich where the famous sensory physiologist Karl von Frisch studied the behavior of honey bees and later earned the Nobel Prize. In 1963 he initiated the exchange professorship program with the University of Helsinki residing for six months with his family where he wrote his first book "Underwater Guideposts."

In 1963, he received National Science Foundation and UW funding to build the Laboratory for Limnology and the Trout Lake Station. With great honor he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1969. He received numerous honorary degrees from other Universities. He retired at age of 70 in 1978. In 2006 his Laboratory was posthumously renamed the Arthur D Hasler Laboratory of Limnology. He survived three major cancers; colon, lung and lymphoma. He died March 23, 2001 following a stroke at 93.

Publication Date:
1544970145 / 9781544970141
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
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Biography & Autobiography / Scientists / General

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