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by Florian Cajori
Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (October 7, 1770 – November 20, 1843) was a surveyor who worked mostly in the United States and also in Switzerland. He headed the United States Coast Survey and the Bureau of Weights and Measures.
Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (October 7, 1770 – November 20, 1843) was a surveyor who worked mostly in the United States and also in Switzerland. Hassler was born in Aarau, Switzerland. He was employed on the trigonometrical survey of Switzerland before he emigrated to the United States in 1805. He was acting professor of mathematics at West Point from 1807 to 1810.
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Boston, The Christopher Publishing House, 1929. Professor Cajori follows Hassler's steps from his birth in Switzerland in 1770 through his early geodetic opera-tions to his migration to America in 1805, professorship at West Point in 1807-1809, at Union College 1810-1811, in Europe purchasing scientific instruments for the United States Government 1811-1815, initiating the Coast Survey in 1816-1818, surveying the northeastern boundary line in.
Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler's granddaugter, Mary Caroline Hassler Newcomb, married the .
Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler's granddaugter, Mary Caroline Hassler Newcomb, married the much noted astronomer and mathematician Simon Newcomb. Simon and Mary Caroline Hassler Newcomb were themselves the grandparents of the also much noted professor of mathematics, Hassler Whitney.
Hassler, Ferdinand Rudolph. He was a trained European scientist who immigrated to America in 1805. Hassler, Ferdinand Rudolph. Aarau, Switzerland, 7 October 1770; d. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20 November 1843). Hassler’s career is interesting for two reasons: as an instance of the transfer of scientific skills across the Atlantic and for the study of attitudes toward science in the early United States. Reflecting French influences, Hassler brought with him a set of metric weights and measures and an interest in the determination of the figure of the earth.
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