Hassler, F. R. (Ferdinand Rudolph), 1770-1843

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Birth 1770-10-07
Death 1843-11-20
German, French, English

Biographical notes:

Swiss-American scientist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to William Vaughan in London, 1843 Jun. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270472923

Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (1770-1843), Swiss-born, American geodesist and mathematician, was superintendent of the United States Coast Survey.

From the description of F.R. Hassler correspondence, 1804-1847. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122640031

From the guide to the F.R. Hassler correspondence, 1804-1847, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (b. Oct. 7, 1770, Aarau, Switzerland-d. Nov. 20, 1843) well known geodesist, was born in Switzerland and studied at the University of Bern. He was the first Superintendent of the Coast Survey (redesignated the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1878) as well as Superintendent of the Office of Standard Weights and Measures, a position he held until his death in 1843. Coming to America in 1805, he won Jefferson's help for his plan to survey the Atlantic coast, and from 1816 through 1818 he was in charge fo the work. In 1832 he was appointed to head the Coast Survey, which had lapsed since his previous work.

From the description of Hassler, Ferdinand Rudolph, 1770-1843 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10583219

Geologist, mathematician, first superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey, 1816-1818, 1832-1843.

From the description of F. R. Hassler letter : Washington City, to Hon. Jno. B. Aycrigg, 1843 Feb. 7. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 70775295


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  • Geodesy--United States
  • Coasts
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  • Military education--United States
  • Coasts--United States
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
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  • Geodesists


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