Henry Paul Hansen was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Andrew and Emma Petersen Hansen on 28 April 1907. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in 1930, and began graduate work there in 1931. He continued graduate work in 1935 at the University of Washington, receiving a Ph.D. in 1937. He came to Oregon State College in 1939 as an Instructor in Botany. He became Dean of the Graduate School in 1949, a position he held until his retirement in 1971.
Hansen's accomplishments include two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships (1943-44, 1947-48) and two Fulbright Fellowships. He authored over 65 documents during his career; copies of most of them are included in this collection. Hansen died in Corvallis, Oregon on 8 October 1989. A more extensive biography is included in this collection.
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