Stanley Sweet Hanna

Stanley Sweet Hanna, 1941

A.B., Denison University
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Stanford, Calif.

Citation awarded on Saturday, June 11, 1966

A productive scholar whose research has greatly expanded our knowledge in the field of low-energy nuclear research, Dr. Stanley Hanna’s accomplishments, made possible by his skills as an interpreter of nuclear data, have added immeasurably to one of mankind’s vital fields of investigation.

A former senior physicist with the Argonne National Laboratory Nuclear Research Center and presently professor of physics at Stanford University, Dr. Hanna’s work has centered in the study of molecular structure, atomic nuclei, the Mössbauer effect, and magnetism in solid state physics.

During World War II, he was assigned to the Manhattan District Project that developed the first nuclear bomb. He has lectured internationally at many scientific conferences, including on such subjects as: resonance absorption of gamma rays in Oxford, England, in 1959 and Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1960; giant dipole resonances in Rehovoth, Israel, in 1965; and the Mössbauer effect in Saclay, France, in 1961, Mexico City in 1961, and Copenhagen in 1963. He also presented at nuclear physics conferences in the U.S. Dr. Hanna has served on many committees and programs of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society, with over 70 of his publications appearing in scientific journals.