“For pioneering work in flow phenomena in turbomachine blade row and
ducts and contributions to engineering education.”
BY WARD O. WINER
ARTHUR GENE HANSEN, university administrator, professor, and applied mathematician, died July 5, 2010, in Fort Myers, Florida, of complications from surgery at the age of 85.
Arthur Hansen was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1925. Both his parents were also born in Door County, Wisconsin. His maternal grandparents came from Norway and his paternal grandparents from Alsace-Lorraine. He had an older brother by six years. His mother died when Art was about 8. He was raised by his father who had an eighth-grade education and was a clerk in a hardware store in Sturgeon Bay. When the Depression hit in 1929, the family moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Art’s father first worked in a paper mill and then owned a small grocery store, where as a young boy Art stocked shelves and delivered groceries. Art attributed his love of learning to his father who read to him every night. He attributed his lifelong interest in mathematics to a high school teacher, Ernestine Ruble, whose name he could still remember the month before he died. She challenged him with interesting mathematical problems. Growing up in Green Bay, Art loved fishing and the Green Bay Packers.
Art attended public schools, where he was on the track team and graduated as valedictorian of his high school class